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Hello and welcome to the July edition of the Brighton Person-Centred Community news.
We hope you are doing OK amidst this changeable and somewhat confusing time. The Community will be having an online meeting again on Saturday 18th July below. We are in discussion about the possibility of continuing online meetings alongside in person meetings in future, although we hear that Friends Meeting House, where we hold the meeting, may not re-open until September.
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 CPD. 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 18th July. 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 Community Time: Jul 18, 2020 09:30 AM London Join Zoom Meeting - Click the link here. Meeting ID: 879 1273 7357 Password: 940976
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...
I retired from the London Fire Brigade in 1997 after 27 great years of service to the people of our wonderful capital, London. I really had no idea what to do with my life. I had been PU’d. (Permanently unfit) due to a back injury, from earlier in my career in the fire service.
I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I didn’t want to continue in a fire consultancy role. I had really enjoyed my time as an operational firefighter and later a fire investigation officer, but now I wanted to do something different.
My wife, Debbie, passed me our local newspaper and she remarked. “Here‘s something I think you’d be good at. You’re good with people.” She had noticed a small advertisement for a foundation course in counselling with East Surrey adult education. And that’s how it all began. I was accepted on the course and I enjoyed it so much I applied for the certificate in counselling skills and theory the next year.
Since I had retired, my wife had returned to full time work and I had become a sort of house husband, looking after our 2 sons David 12 and Mark 9. As Mark still had a couple of years to go before his secondary education, I didn’t want to be studying at a higher level at college until he was in year 7 and in not so much need of my attention. It was during those 2 years that I did a GCSE in psychology and would you believe, I did another certificate in integrative counselling.
It was during this time that I discovered that although I thought that Freud, Jung and Adler, were absolutely incredible with their psychoanalytical psychotherapy and Perls, Ellis and Berne, were equally amazing in their field, not to mention Skinner, Pavlov and Harlow, the behavioural psychologists, but my heart was ‘stolen’ by Carl Rogers and his Person-centred approach. It fitted perfectly with my philosophy and I was determined to study this incredible man and become a person-centred counsellor.
I wanted to do a qualification with a trans cultural module included, after all I had worked for so many years in multi cultural London. I found the perfect course for me at Lewisham College in South East London and it was BACP accredited. I really enjoyed the 2 year course that really challenged me. It was an emotional roller coaster. I discovered stuff about myself that was previously entrenched in my unconscious and I must say that I felt quite destabilised as I went through the process of self realisation and self understanding. It was quite scary at times, but with the help and support of the tutors and my peers, together with my therapists and supervisor I survived and emerged 2 years later as a newly qualified counsellor.
I should also say that during this time I had taken up a placement with Mind in Croydon. It was an excellent place to practice my counselling skills and complete my 150 hours of counselling. I was also very fortunate to have a very experienced supervisor there.
I qualified on my 50th birthday and soon after I set up a private practice in Purley Hospital in the south of the Borough of Croydon. I continued in my placement for another 3 years until my big break came. I was taken on by a company that was franchised to the NHS to provide counselling in all GP surgeries in NE Surrey. It was tough work and for the next 4 years I saw many clients over several thousand of hours. During this time I applied for accreditation to the BACP and in 2009, I was accepted.
As I was getting older and the pressure of work in the NHS was getting tougher, I reluctantly resigned my post and I concentrated on my private practice. I now have a much smaller workload and I am very fortunate to see clients from BUPA, AXA and AVIVA. At 67 years old, I’m not sure how much longer I am going to continue counselling for. I do enjoy it so much still, so l guess I’ll know when the time comes to call it a day.
Online Focusing CPD over summer
You may be restricted in doing the things you’d usually enjoy over summer, so why not use the time to learn something new and enriching? Through Focusing you can explore how the information your body holds can help you grow and feel supported. The training groups are usually small, giving opportunity for more attention for each person. No experience necessary!
See below for offerings in JULY and AUGUST. Popular courses such as Focusing in Client Work and the Embodied Authentic Confidence in your Career series will return in the autumn, along with a year long series of online short courses on Focusing and embodied ways of being.
Introduction to Focusing – Thursdays 12.00-1.30pm 23rd, 30th July, 6th, 13th Aug - £55 for four sessions
Focusing with our Inner Critic – Saturday 25th July 2.30-4.30 - £25
Focusing on Relating and Relationships – Friday 7th Aug 12.30-2.30 - £25
One to One Guided Focusing Sessions – by individual arrangement – usual fee £50
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...
These in-person meetings are currently closed. We hope that these will resume in September.
The 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.
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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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