June Newsletter

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

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

We hope you are doing OK and navigating the changing situation we're in. The Community will be having an online meeting again in June. If it becomes clear that we are also able to hold an in person meeting this month we will let you know. There is further info on the online group on Saturday 20th June below. We are in discussion about the possibility of continuing online meetings alongside in-person meetings in future.

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 more online Focusing experiences. 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 20th June. As it's online there will be no fee to attend. To join the meeting just copy the link into your browser

Topic: Brighton Person Centred (Virtual) Community Meeting

Time: Jun 20, 2020 09:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 2286 1975

Password: 151200

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...

Mary Saunders MBACP Registered Counsellor

I was first drawn to the group some 8-10 years ago, because at the time, I was training to be a Person-Centred counsellor and I felt that I could gain a greater understanding of the approach by meeting with like-minded counsellors. It was also an opportunity to be reflective in an environment where that would be not only acceptable, but understood.

The same reasons that I originally joined the group apply today, but I now know regular members of the group, but also have the added benefit of meeting new members. The counselling profession can be a lonely and isolating one and the group is a chance to network with other professionals, whether they are Person-Centred or not.

I can share issues with the group if I choose to and to feel ‘held’ and understood, but also at times challenged. I also have the opportunity to hear other people’s experiences. I consider this is a real privilege and it frequently exposes me to another’s different perspective, leading to my self-development by giving me greater understanding and empathy. It’s not always easy, but is very often rewarding.

For these reasons, I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet with a mixed group of people, some of whom have become friends and valued colleagues. It is also an ideal way to achieve a few extra hours of CPD.

I work in Peacehaven and Seaford as a Person-Centred counsellor with individuals and couples. My particular interests and training are in substance misuse and adoption.

Developing Authentic Confidence in your Career using Focusing – with Dr Anna Kane and Suzi Mackenzie - 12.30-2.30pm Thursday 4th June - early bird rate £30* (regular price £50)

Want to feel more confident in your work?

Want to get clearer what’s in the way and what can support your career growth?

Want to grow your business and weather challenging times?

Learn from Dr Anna Kane’s research, how tuning in to an embodied sense of key areas such as your competence, authenticity and connectedness can affect your confidence in your career. This is an experiential workshop, drawing on the practice of Focusing to guide you to connect with an embodied knowing of what you need. Dr Anna Kane is a Coaching Psychologist and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She is literally a doctor of confidence! Suzi Mackenzie is a Person Centred Counsellor and Focusing Teacher. She embraces all things Focusing!

Three follow-on workshops in the series: 12.30-2pm 11th, 18th, 25th June - early bird rate £25* each session (regular price £40)

In the rest of the series learn how your mindset either enhances or depreciates your confidence; how you can work with loss of confidence to come out feeling more confident; and how to recognise and make the most use of it when you are working with confidence.

Places are limited, so book the complete series for an amazing £95 and avoid disappointment. Contact Suzi to book suzimac55@hotmail.com or Anna for any other questions anna@zestpsychology.com We look forward to seeing you!

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

These are currently suspended. Once we are able once more to access our usual meeting room, then these are the details.

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 Zoom meeting you'll hear from us again next month with the latest from the community.

Best wishes


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