Shanti Cussans MBACP - Humanistic Counselling
I have worked as a counsellor for the past 9 years. Through this time, I have developed an effective means of supporting clients in crisis. I specialise in obesity depression, anxiety and addictions.
Working Humanistically means clients can explore their whole life experience, rather than singular blocks, particularly combining the past ,present and future if needed instead of concentrating on one specific area, helping you to gain a more complete understanding of the underlying issues related to these difficulties. My experience of working with clients over a 9 year period has shown me that this is one of the most effective methods of fostering lasting change.
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,The person is to reach their fullest potential through self-discovery and personal growth.
Transactional Analysis Ego states are the core model of transactional analysis. They provide a way of understanding our personality, how we think feel and behave, Eric Berne defined an ego state as a consistent pattern of feeling and experience directly related to corresponding consistent pattern of behaviour.
Get out therapy is a client centred approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience,Get out therapy is a client centred approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience,
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
-COVID-19 Support Counselling
-Teams online counselling
- 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
- Motivational Interviewing
- Life Balance
- Play Therapy
- Domestic Violence & Alcohol Counselling
- Anxiety/Panic attacks
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Family focused
- Relationship issues
How much do you charge for the consultation?
The initial no obligation consultation will cost £50.00 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 £50.00 (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 £40.00.
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.
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.
I can accommodate Online and Telephone counselling over Teams or Zoom.
"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."