March Newsletter

The latest news from the Brighton Person-Centred Community...

Hello and welcome to the March edition of the Brighton Person-Centred Community news.

We just want to acknowledge that this is a worrying time for people and you may be concerned about risks to your health, your loved ones' health and your income. Perhaps we can find ways to support each other and also remember that this will pass.

We currently do not have plans to suspend meetings, as they are relatively small. But of course, please follow the latest guidance and stay home if you have coronavirus symptoms. So we will be meeting on Saturday 21st March and hope to see you there. See below for details.

In this newsletter we have information on a couple of counselling rooms which are available for hire, a profile of one of our members and some information on workshops to come in the future.

Low Cost Counselling Room

I'd like to offer low-cost room rental to a person-centred practitioner. My office space is on Grand Parade and available on Weds afternoons from 1pm until 9pm for £5/hr. Details of what the space is like and how to contact me to discuss the arrangement can be found at www.citycounsellingbrighton.co.uk

Hove Counselling and Psychotherapy - room rental and networking

Our ethos surrounds affordable and flexible room hire service. £7 per hour and further discounted rates, no monthly fees, open 8am-10pm, 7 days a week for maximum flexibility.

See www.hovecounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk for more info.

We have our September networking event on eventbrite, and have an early bird ticket offer for £15. The event includes guest, expert speakers, CPD, all food and drink included.

see www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tickets-88473280965networking-event-connectedness-

and find us on Twitter @Counsellinghove

Our members

We are going to be including profiles of regular attendees of our meetings over the coming months, in order to give you a sense of why people come to the meeting and what they get out of it.

Suzi Mackenzie

I started coming to the Person Centred Community when I moved to Sussex about five years ago - the fact that there was a Person Centred group here was a factor in me moving! Since then I have found the Community an invaluable source of support. I go to the monthly meetings in the hope of being in a space where I can both extend and receive the core conditions in a group setting. I have been touched as people have shared their own struggles (and joys!) and I have received great support as I have shared my own. I love being part of a group that is just what we make it. At times it has been difficult sitting with my own feelings about different personalities, but it is always an opportunity to learn and grow in how I relate to those feelings and to others and often through working with those difficulties greater connection grows. I am passionate about the potential of the Person Centred way of being and would love to see more people coming to share in our community, both new and old. I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Focusing Teacher and I put together this newsletter. I have a particular interest in mental health and diversity issues. www.suzimackenzie.com

Workshops

Saturday 27th June 2020; 10am - 4pm

The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF (Near Seven Dials, ten minutes from Brighton station) Cost: £60

Inviting the body into therapy - Introduction to using Focusing with clients

​* Are you interested in the role that your body plays in how you understand your clients?

* Are you interested in helping your clients to connect with their bodily felt experience?

* Do you want to help enhance your clients’ ability to have a positive inner relationship?

* Are you feeling burnt out and unsure how to look after yourself?

* Do you want to explore a way of experiencing that is more nuanced, rich and alive?

Focusing, a natural process discovered by Eugene Gendlin, is a way that we as counsellors or clients can become more connected with our bodies and our inner knowing about what we feel and what we need. It can help us be more attuned with ourselves and our clients. This simple process can assist us to deepen our empathy and compassion; notice valuable moments when clients are in touch with their felt experience so that we do not obstruct them; create the conditions for and invite these moments to happen; connect with a wider sense of the growth potential inherent in us all.

Focusing gives us a tool we can use for our own self care as well as one we can share with clients. The workshop will involve a mix of experiential work, theory and discussion. We will explore the concept of the ‘felt sense’ and felt meaning in the body along with relationship with the body generally. The day will include demonstration and practice of the Focusing process as well as theory and practice on ways to bring Focusing into work with clients.

For information and to book www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training-for-professionals

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There are plans afoot to put on other workshops later on in the year. You can hopefully look forward to such areas as Creative ways of working and Love!

Cost of attending our meetings

The cost of the Saturday meeting remains £5, but we do not want that to be a barrier to accessing the meeting, so if you cannot afford £5 you can pay a donation that you can afford. And if you can afford more than £5 then additional funds will be gratefully accepted.

Your newsletter...

Do remember that you can share things via this newsletter. If there's anything you think would be of relevance to your Person Centred peers feel free to send it in to the email address at the bottom and we can include it here. You might have something you'd like to let us know or you might even have a question to ask and perhaps others reading this newsletter can help answer it...

Community Meetings

Community Meetings are held on the third Saturday at each month at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF. We meet upstairs, usually in room 3, but the room number will be indicated on the whiteboard which is next to the Reception desk. Newcomers are always welcome, come along, say hi and see what it’s all about!

The meeting runs from 9:30 to 12:30, but arrive a little earlier to give yourself time to prepare a drink. The cost is £5 to cover hire of room and tea, coffee and biscuits.

Social Media

We have an ever growing presence on Facebook and Twitter, so join us there, if you haven't already :) it's a great way to share updates on Community stuff and Counselling related articles.

If you see anything interesting that you'd like to share with the Community please feel free to post to our Facebook page, tweet us, or send by e-mail to brightonpcc01@gmail.com and we'll share it for you.

If you're on Facebook why not 'like' our Brighton Person-Centred Community Facebook Page and join the other 160 plus people who enjoy our posts? Or if you prefer to Tweet our twitter following is now over 350 people! Find us @BrightonPCC.

Right, that's all from us for now. If we don't see you at the forthcoming meeting you'll hear from us again next month with the latest from the community.

Best wishes

Suzi

On behalf of the Brighton Person-Centred Community

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