Shanti Cussans MBACP - Humanistic Counselling

Shanti Cussans MBACP - Humanistic Counselling

West Sussex
PO19 6BU

07926 536302

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About me

Are you at a loss, feeling low, confused or struggling with a relationship or your personal circumstances?

You may have considered counselling as a way forward, but have been unsure of what it involves. Taking the steps to find a counsellor could be one of the most important, and possibly life changing decisions you will make.

As a Humanistic Counsellor, I integrate Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt theories into my work. These are affective ways of working with an array of clients and presenting difficulties, which will enable clients to explore their individual challenging circumstances.

Personal insight is so important and I can help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour in a safe and non judgemental environment.

I work at a pace that suits the individual so that they feel safe to explore their concerns; this exploration of issues and the subsequent emotions which arise, enables clients to challenge them, examine them and ultimately, exorcise them.

I work in a honest and empathic manner. I am very down to earth, kind and approachable. I have great respect for client confidentiality and regularly reflect upon my work through regular clinical supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor. I also find that using creative interventions within sessions can be highly therapeutic: Art therapy, clay and sand tray work and music are all tools to develop your self awareness, but this is entirely optional.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Humanistic Counselling Degree BA (hons)
  • MBACP /AIP Member

I am a fully insured, CRB checked Humanistic counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I currently work for a weight management program for the Primary Care Trust, helping people work towards understanding their attitudes and behaviours to food through self awareness. I have also attained:

  • Continued Professional development in Disordered Eating.

  • Continued Professional development in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certification.

  • NCFE Level 1, 2 & 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory.
  • continued professional development in suicide presentation.
  • Continued Professional development Trauma, Dissociation and recovery.
  • Continued Professional development integrating attachment and family life cycles.
  • Continued Professional development addiction, Drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Continued Professional development Trauma and attachment adolescents, children and young people
  • Continued Professional development working with clients through separation, Divorce and beyond.

I believe in continual self development and I am always attempting to deepen my knowledge and experience.

I am currently working for a Bariatric Consultancy Service, which is available within the NHS in West Sussex, specialising in disordered eating in a Tier 3 setting along side my private practice in chichester, I have also been a part of the MDT in St Richards hospital where I did the psychological Assessments in Tier 4 for a multi disciplinary team, for patients hoping to go forward for gastric Bypass surgery.

I have worked for a private counselling practice in Arundel which specialises in couples and family therapy as well as individual work. I have also worked for Surrey Drug and alcohol care, this involved telephone counselling for clients who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependency and for the family members.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        - Issues surrounding obesity
        - Disordered eating
        - Understanding behavior around eating
        - Brief Therapy
        - Working Creatively with Adults
        - Bereavement & Loss
        - Mental Health
        - Attachment Issues
        - Autism & Asperger’s
        - Difficult Behaviors
        - Art Therapy
        - Working at Relational Depth
        - Sexuality, Diversity & Prejudice
        - Suicide Awareness
        - Isolation
        - Fear
        - Motivational Interviewing
        - Life Balance
        - Play Therapy
        - Domestic Violence & Alcohol Counselling
        - Anxiety/Panic attacks
        - Loneliness
        - Facebook
        - Anxiety
        - Trauma
        - Addiction
        - Drug and alcohol misuse
        - Bullying
        - Depression
        - Anger
        - Loss
        - Fear
        - Suicide
        - Family focused
        - Relationship issues
        - Children
        -Telephone counselling





        -suicide prevention





        How much do you charge for the consultation?

        The initial no obligation consultation will cost £45.00 This consultation will give us the opportunity to discuss your needs and expectations.

        How much do you charge for sessions after the initial consultation?

        Session Fee £45.00  (Fees are reviewed yearly and any changes take effect from 1st April).

        Do you offer reduced sessions?

        I offer a limited number of reduced cost appointments dependent on circumstances (proof of benefits would be needed). Reduced prices for financial hardship and students of £35.00.

        How long are the sessions?

        The sessions are 50 minutes and the Sessions are by appointment only.

        When and how should i pay?

        Fees are payable before each session.If you prefer to book a block of sessions fees are to be paid in full before the first session.Fees can be paid through Pay Pal, Bank transfer or Cash.


        I will give a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice of any planned holiday dates when I will be unavailable. I require (where possible) at least 2 weeks from you of the same. If there is anything you are not sure about please let me know.

        Number of sessions / ending counselling:

        When therapy is open-ended, as opposed to limited to 6 or 12 sessions it is important that ending therapy is not sudden so we will regularly review progress to help determine the duration of our work together.  Once an end date is agreed I would anticipate that we would have a minimum of 3 more sessions leading up to this date.

        Re contracting:

        This is the opportunity to consider changes to this agreement that we negotiate and may include changes in dates and times, frequency of sessions and continuing our therapy.


        I hold both public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

        I believe in the importance of a good therapeutic relationship; it is seen as the primary agent of change in fulfilling the aims of personal growth. It is founded upon the therapist being genuine, congruent, empathetic, open, honest, non-judgmental and accepting of the client.

        I feel strongly that I fit all the above, but the most important thing is that you feel safe within our session.

        Further information


        "I have attended regular weekly counselling sessions with Shanti over the last 2 years and she has been a massive help to me during a very difficult time in my life. Shanti is very understanding and easy to talk to. She is non-judgmental and I was able to talk about some very sensitive subjects without feeling ashamed or embarrassed.I have spoken to lots of different counsellors over the past few years but Shanti is the best by far. I always felt better after talking to her and she helped me regain confidence and belief in myself. Kind Regards.."

        "Shanti worked with me over a period of several weeks. I found the sessions exhausting, but incredibly liberating also. It was like she unlocked the ‘real’ me: no pretences or judgements, I was free to explore issues that had metaphorically and literally weighed me down for many years. I am a much stronger person as a result. I also have a clear sense of what and how I suppress things, so now I can avoid getting into that physically and mentally draining state again. I am immeasurably grateful to Shanti; her support, skills and ability to make you feel safe, surpass all others. I would have no doubt or hesitation in recommending her. She’s quite simply, amazing!Thank you Shanti, you saved me."

        "I have had 12 sessions of counselling with Shanti, to begin with I struggled with the boundaries but in reflection it is what made my feel secure as my life had been so chaotic, we did a lot of work with boundaries and I was able to put them to use in my own life , this has made a huge difference.The biggest part of the counselling for me was when we used art and stones as I am a visual person this opened up a whole new world that I had not been aware of . the work we did was Fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone especially with Shanti, who I found very easy to talk too And never felt judged by her.I want to thank you for this as it has made my life so much easier to deal with."

        Maps & Directions

        Chichester, PO19 6BU

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        I can accommodate early evening and weekend slots if you are unable to attend during 9am - 5pm. Please contact me to check availability.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme