Counselling with Justin Brighton and Hove
The Humanistic Approach
The humanistic approach shares a close relationship with existential, phenomenological and eastern philosophy. The word ‘humanistic’ serves as an umbrella term for many types of therapy that share the same values, beliefs and principles.
However, technique, interventions and skills of each type of therapy offered under the humanistic umbrella may differ. It is the relationship that is the predominant, underlying, healing factor.
The humanistic approach in psychotherapy has at its base a set of core beliefs and values about the nature of people. We believe every individual is unique and worthy of respect, this conveys itself in the therapist having a non- judgmental attitude.
Empathy is significant too, as we wish to increase our understanding of the clients inner world and do our best to understand and walk alongside a clients personal meanings and life experiences, validating them.
You are the best expert on yourself, although you may need support in finding the best way forward. We help to create an environment which enables you to increase this personal power, through increased self understanding, personal insight and awareness.
We believe in an individual's potential and it is an intention to create an empowering and supportive environment, that respects individuality, authenticity, uniqueness and autonomy. One that is inclusive of all experiences and one that celebrates difference and diversity.
Whilst Counselling and Psychotherapy are considered 'talking therapies'. Words sometimes fail to express and encapsulate our experiences. Counselling and Psychotherapy offer a plethora of ways in which to express, explore and discover our subjective and individual world.
Working creatively can further aid us in our ability to make sense of ourselves in our attempt at increasing self awareness and understanding. Working creatively may at times create a necessary distance, helping individuals objectify what has happened or happening, providing a valuable resource in therapeutic work. Helping explore narratives, personal meanings, develop insights, new ways of being, telling your story through the use of pictures, written words and objects can be extremely beneficial.
Qualifications and Training
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice - BathSpa University
Professional Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester
Health Studies - University of Brighton
Group Facilitation - Depression Alliance
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory NCFE - Varndean College
Intermediate Counselling Skills - CPCAB - Varndean College
Initial Counselling Skills - CPCAB - Varndean College
Sociology and Social Psychology - University of Sussex
Society and Gender - Brighton Metropolitan College
Psychology Theory and Intuition
Additional Training and CPD
Self Harm, BPD, Sexual Health Awareness, Domestic Abuse (RISE), Creative Therapies, Dementia Awareness, Autism Awareness, BSFT brief solution focused therapy, Trans* Awareness, Working with Trauma, Integrative Relational Perspectives in Psychotherapy, Intuition and the therapeutic relationship. Working with survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)
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