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About me

As an Integrated counsellor I believe everyone is unique. I am able to adapt the counselling to suit the client, drawing on different theories and techniques.  Sessions are fluid what works one week may not work the next so if you will think AAT or Walk and Talk will help you, I am able to integrate them into our sessions.

You are the expert on yourself. I provide a safe space for you to explore the reasons why you have come to counselling and we will work together to reach your desired goals. But underpinning all of our work will be empathy, honesty and respect for you the client.

So if you are thinking about counselling and don't know what to expect, don't be afraid to make the call because the call is the first step to getting the help you need.

I am passionate about Animal Assisted Therapy as I have seen the amazing results it brings.  In training I worked with a variety of animals from horses to rabbits, helping clients with a wide range of presenting issues.  Friendly and non judgemental the animal just wants to be the clients companion during the session. If you would like to try AAT I will be happy to introduce you to Daisy and Drew my two guinea pigs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in AAT - MCMA
  • Humanistic Integrated Counselling - BACP
  • Assist - Applied Suicide Prevention Skills
  • St Catherine's Hospice - Bereavement training
  • TA 101
  • Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors

Experience of working with Carers who are caring for family members/friends suffering with; Dementia, Personality Disorders, victims of life-changing accidents, violent behaviour.

Experience of working with suicidal ideation and those bereaved by suicide.

Experience of volunteering with the Beachy Head Chaplaincy - a search, rescue and crisis intervention team.

Experience of volunteering with the Sussex search team.

Member organisations

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Single and couple counselling.

Special rates for low income/unemployed

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Unemployed

Additional information

An initial 20 min. session to decide is we can work together is £25

Ongoing sessions - £50.00 

Do not let finance be a barrier to getting help, I have a limited number of low cost sessions available.

Availability

My working days/hours are flexible so please call and discuss what is suitable for you.

Lewes
East Sussex
BN7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Online platforms

Zoom
Shirley Bass MCMA MACC

Shirley Bass MCMA MACC