Vhari McEwan MA (Hons), Dip Humanistic Counselling, MBACP
Are you struggling to cope with life at the moment? Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or that things are out of control? Have you suffered bereavement, trauma or loss? Are your stuck in patterns of unhelpful behaviour? If so, I may be able to help by offering you the time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. This increased self-awareness will empower you to sort through the confusion, explore options and move forward.
I offer a free, no-obligation consultation, which allows us to decide together if I can meet your needs and how best to tailor the therapy to your individual situation.
I offer brief solution-focused therapy and NLP as well as more traditional open-ended counselling. As well as adults, I work with adolescents and currently hold an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Disclosure.
I can help with a wide range of issues such as:
- relationship and family issues
- anxiety (generalised, health etc)
- drug and alcohol misuse
- attachment issues
- abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- panic disorder
- low self-esteem
- dissociative identiy disorder
- eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia etc)
- internet addiction
- the challenges of living with a long term condition such as diabetes, arthritis,COPD etc
- affairs and infidelity
- feeling "stuck"
- low self-confidence
- sexual violation
- significant life changes
- bipolar disorder/manic depression
- borderline personality disorder
- the challenges of being a carer
- surviving trauma
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have worked in further education and the NHS.
How I work
I work in a “humanistic” way, which means that I believe that you have the ability to heal, grow and realise your own potential and my job is to offer the necessary conditions and support to enable that to happen. I tailor the way I work to suit the needs of each client so I may incorporate approaches such as mindfulness, gestalt, narrative therapy, transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, NLP or art therapy.
I believe the client/counsellor relationship is the key to the success of the therapy so I aim to offer a warm, empathic approach which is free from judgement and pre-conception.
I am interested in what is happening in the here and now but am also happy to work with whatever you chose to bring from your past.
What to expect
Sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. My room in central Chichester is extremely comfortable, discreet and close to the main shopping streets. I offer weekday and evening appointments, as well as Saturday mornings, by arrangement. If required, I can also make home visits.
Before we have our first counselling session, we will spend around 30 minutes together so that I can explain how I work, my policy on confidentiality, fees, cancellations and appointment times. There is no fee for this consultation.
Throughout our work together, we will regularly review whether you feel you're getting what you need from the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
AQA Introduction to Counselling
OCR Certificate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (BACP accredited course)
INLPTA Diploma in NLP
I am currently working towards personal accreditation.
Since qualifying in 2007, I have undertaken considerable in-depth training on:
- attachment disorders
- mindfulness based stress reduction
- eating disorders
- solution-focused therapy
- acceptance and commitment therapy
- adult survivors of child sexual abuse
- working creatively
- narrative therapy
- loss and bereavement
- motivational interviewing
- anxiety and depression
- dissociative identity disorder
as well as attending over 50 shorter training courses on topics such as anger management, OCD, body dysmorphia, existentialism, mind-body healthcare, suicide awareness, self-harm and sexual violence.
I have worked as a Staff and Student counsellor at a Further Education College and as a Psychological Therapist in Primary Care with the NHS.
I have volunteered with a Counselling and Support Service for 11-25 year olds since 2004.
I have worked with a wide range of clients, including those with physical and developmental difficulties, those with anxiety and depression, those from the travelling community and elderly clients who were experiencing existential/end-of-life concerns. I have considerable experience of working with LGBT clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Separation and divorce
- Affairs and betrayal
- Health anxiety
- Mid-life crisis
- Adapting to retirement
- Dealing with chronic illness
- End of life concerns
- Post natal depression
- Internet addiction
- Workplace problems
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
The initial 30 minute consultation is always free. Thereafter, my normal charge is £40 per session but I offer concessions for students, carers, those who are unwaged or in part-time employment. Fees for home visits vary, depending on location.
"Never having had any counselling before, I wasn't sure what to expect so I really appreciated your free introductory consultation so I had more information. You immediately made me feel at ease and listened to my ramblings without judgement. You helped me to sort out my muddle and clearly see a way forward." Sue (48)
"Your warm and gentle way of working helped me to relax and look at my problems in detail - something which I've never been able to do before. You've made it possible for me to be honest with myself and work out what I'm responsible for and let go of what I'm not. I now feel free to get on with my life." Linda (25)
"I've got my confidence back after the end of my relationship and have looked at the parts of the old me that were holding me back. You've given me the courage to make changes in my life and given me tools to manage when things aren't going so well. You taught me how to breathe!!" Ryan (30)
"I really value the time we spent together and feel much calmer in myself due to being able to talk about my health fears without worrying about upsetting my family. I've found a new acceptance." Jean (82)
"The counselling room is so easy to get to and I really appreciated being able to come in my lunch hour. It was a little oasis of calm in my frantic life." Paul (58)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Friday 9-7 (or later by arrangement), Saturday 10-1. Home visits possible.
Types of client
Supervision & training