October Newsletter

The latest news from the Brighton Person-Centred Community... Hello and welcome to the October edition of the Brighton Person-Centred Community news.

The Community will be having both an in person and an online meeting again this month. We have decided for the time being to have the online meeting on the SECOND Saturday and keep the in person meeting on the THIRD Saturday to allow people to attend both if you want to. We'll review this arrangement as time goes on. Also in this newsletter we have information on some online workshops to build confidence working with LGBTQ clients as well as some online Focusing workshops. 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.

In person meeting

The meeting will take place at the usual time of 9.30-12.30 on Saturday 17th October at the The Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF. You will need to give your name and contact details in case they are required in the event of contact tracing. There will be hand sanitiser provided on entry to Friends Meeting House. Facemasks are to be worn in the communal parts of the building but do not need to be worn in the meeting room itself. We will not have access to the kitchen so bring your own drink and take away any rubbish with you. Please contact William if you plan to attend and get in touch if you wish to know about number limits or have other questions. It is possible to turn up on the day and we don't believe we are likely to exceed the spaces available, but it would be unfortunate if we had to turn you away so ideally get in touch before hand. If you want to give advance notice, please contact William at willjaj@virginmedia.com.

Online meeting

The meeting will take place at the revised time of 9.30-12.30 on Saturday 10th October. As it's online there will be no fee to attend. To join the meeting just copy the link into your browser. Join Zoom Meeting.


Meeting ID: 817 4732 3969

Passcode: 533821.

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. Online workshops to build confidence working with LGBTQ clients

In partnership with Online Events, LGBTQ counsellor and trainer Chloe Foster, who works predominantly with LGBTQ clients is excited to share her knowledge to help counsellors build their confidence in working with sexuality and gender diversity in the counselling room. All workshops are 2hours, live, online and very interactive. Fees are available at 'pay what you can'. 

Understanding LGBTQ Terminology - Fri 2 Oct

Working with Suicidal Ideation in LGBTQ Clients - Fri 9 Oct

They/Them, Ze/Hir, E/Em, She/Her, He/Him … What are your clients' pronouns? - Fri 16 Oct

7 ways not to exclude LGBTQ clients from therapy - Fri 23 Oct

More details on Chloe's website here.

Online Focusing workshops

Focusing with a Life Issue: Four week personal development course Thursdays 12.30-2.30pm 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Nov - £100.

Take the opportunity to work on an issue in your life with the support of the Focusing process in a small regular group. You might want to, for instance, improve your self-esteem, work on a relationship issue, break a habit or consider a life choice. The course will expand your knowledge of Focusing, enrich your Focusing practice and deepen your connection with yourself and others. The taught aspects on our relationship with ourselves and what holds us back in life, along with the group sharing will compliment your Focusing partnership practice on the course to help you work on your chosen issue. Focusing with a life issue can help you get a clearer sense of how your body wants you to live forward with this issue. Listening in to your holistic sense of yourself in your life can bring a fresh sense of the issue and of your unique process towards shifting it. Over the four weeks we will cover: Developing grounded presence; recognising and working with parts; understanding why you get stuck and how to start getting unstuck; understanding and beginning to make contact with more vulnerable parts of yourself.

For further info see below or http://www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-with-a-life-issue.html

Focusing with Stress and Overwhelm – 13th Nov 12.30-2.30pm - £25Get a taste of the Focusing process and experience how this practice can assist us living with difficult experiences. Learn how you can support yourself through developing your inner relationship. Cultivate an approach of embodied inner listening and empower yourself to get the space you need around your feelings. This workshop can apply to Focusing for personal use or work with clients.

Focusing with our Dreams – 21st Nov 2-4pm - £25Explore how Focusing can open up different aspects of your dreams and help you utilise the growth potential within them. You will have the opportunity to bring actual dreams and see them through the ‘lens’ of your embodied experience as well as looking at what we have to learn from parts and opposites in our dreams.


07851 086 396

http://www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing---short-online-courses.html                            suzimac55@hotmail.com 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...

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 SuziOn behalf of the Brighton Person-Centred Community.

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