Hello and welcome to the May edition of the Brighton Person-Centred Community news.
We hope you are well and coping OK with the continued restrictions we face. The Community had a successful online group meeting in April and we will do this in May as well. There is further info on this online group on - Saturday 16th May - and how to join, below.
Also in this newsletter we have information on an opportunity to give support to NHS staff, a profile on one of our regular attendees and info on some online Focusing experiences you may find supportive. If you have anything you'd like to share that you think would be supportive for Community members or want to reach out for something yourself, do consider using this newsletter as a way to do so.
Community meetings online
The meeting will take place at the usual time of 9.30-12.30 on Saturday 16th May. As it's online for now there will be no fee to attend. We've simplified the joining process this time. To join the meeting just copy the link into your browser
Click here to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 2606 7628
With Zoom having changed some of it's security settings, if you find that it isn't allowing you to connect (or says the meeting hasn't started yet), you might wish to try searching in the Zoom app (you'll need it downloaded to do this) using the meeting ID provided. It will then ask you for the password.
Make sure you're ready a bit before the meeting starts to check your online set up and have your cup of tea ready!
Got some free time? Want to support NHS staff?
Frontline19 is a portal to match NHS staff in need with online therapy providers who are willing to provide support pro bono. You sign up, say what your credentials are and how many hours a week you feel able to offer.
A Profile of one of our regular Attendees
Find out why our members get so much out of the monthly meetings...
Chris Trewick, Person-Centred Counsellor, BACP Accredited
I thought I would say a little about my background. I originally trained as a Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy. That is many years ago and many other roles have followed since such as a Medical Representative, a Degree in Experimental Psychology (Mature student), a Residential Care Officer and as a Primary Teacher to name just a few. In the late 80s while doing my degree I took up Tai Chi and then became involved in a Buddhist group where I learnt to meditate. Eventually I then worked with a Buddhist Charity Retail Outlet for some 19 years.
When I qualified as a Counsellor in 2008 I came across the Brighton Person Centred Community and have since then made it a regular part of my personal development and training (CPD). For me a significant part of being a Person-Centred Counsellor involves a genuine wish to continue the process of self - awareness. This fitted for me as I had come from a background of meditation and embodied experience. Actually, sitting in the room with others seemed natural if not essential. Especially as the core values were of acceptance, empathy and authenticity. There is so much one could say about the different feelings and experiences I had by being with this community. I believe this kind of context really helps me to notice my habits, needs and even ‘projections’. It allows me the opportunity to take responsibility for my internal emotional world and become more present to the fluid aspect of my being. People have come and gone and some have dipped in occasionally – which is good. In staying involved with this community I have continued my personal/professional development and perhaps more essentially stayed open to kindness while being witnessed.
Mobile: 07757 330540
Need low cost support yourself? Try Focusing!
Focusing is a great tool for support, resourcing and grounding during these difficult times. Focusing helps us listen to the body’s knowing about how we are and what we need. May sees a range of flexible options for receiving support online Focusing could be a regular practice to cope with this period of isolation and something to do with others for support.
Focusing Taster Sessions – Tues 5th May 12.30-2pm or Weds 6th May 6-7.30pm - £10
Introduction to Focusing – workshop/support series – Tuesdays 12.30-2pm 12th, 19th, 26th May, 2nd June - £50 for four sessions*
Focusing in Client Work – Sat 9th May 2.30-4.30pm - £20
Focusing with Stress and Overwhelm – Fri 22nd May 12.30-2.30pm - £20
One to One Guided Focusing Sessions – by individual arrangement – usual fee £50*
*Fees are low as peoples’ financial circumstances may have been affected by Coronavirus, but further reductions may be possible, so do ask. For info and to book www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-support-during-coronavirus.
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...
For the moment Community Meetings are taking place online - see above. In easier times Community Meetings are held on the third Saturday at each month at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF. Once things return to some sort of normality, please do consider coming along. 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.
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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.
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