Trainers at Our Centre
All therapists abide by the BACP’s ethical framework.
My clinical practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor has evolved over the past ten years and I’m now increasingly drawn to working in an integrated way which includes the body and not only focuses on the mind. I believe strongly that particularly with Trauma, the work starts from the felt senses to include inner child work and trauma-informed movement and body work. As a qualified Yoga teacher, I have studied and explored the qualities and principles of integrated movement and I am able to incorporate this into my counselling work which marries beautifully with the principles inherent to the person-centred way of being and working which form the cornerstones of all my work.
I love to work creatively and include EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) where relevant. I’m also a life-Coach, a Reiki Master and trainer, and up until recently, a college lecturer teaching Person-Centred Counselling up to and including degree level at East Sussex College Group.
I’m a supervisor for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and involved with Holding Space, a local mental health organisation
When I’m not working, you’ll find me enjoying Flamenco classes, art journaling, cooking or walking our dog Ruby.
My practice as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer is grounded in the person-centred and experiential approach though my practice is continually evolving as I learn more about how we can become troubled and disturbed, and what helps us to heal and change.
I am influenced by ideas that relate the mind and body to each other as we grow and develop as individuals, and how we can become troubled and disturbed and of the impact of acute and chronic stress brought about by some form of trauma on who and how we are. Some of the ideas that have influenced me are from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt therapy, Focusing orientated therapy, and from Mindfulness theory and practice. Of late I have become influenced by neurobiological perspectives of how we may all to some degree be affected by trauma in our lives and how this can cause us to be troubled and disturbed in the sense of self we develop. I am excited by some of the ideas coming out of neurobiology that indicate that genuine understanding, acceptance, and compassion are what we most need to integrate mind and body. I have long held the belief that receiving these qualities and attitudes are fundamental to any healing or change we need for ourselves to lead the best kind of lives we can for ourselves, and in our relationships.
Until recently I was the Course Leader of the Foundation Degree and Honours Degree in Person-Centred Counselling at East Sussex College. My 15 years of teaching on these Degree courses and facilitating the development of so many creative and gifted counsellors brought me much fulfilment. I have now taken my passion for teaching into association with CPCAB to deliver a range of counselling courses for South Coast Wellbeing and Training from Level 2 through to Level 6. I will also be delivering a range of CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists at South Coast Wellbeing and Training.
Sue Creenan is a mature, experienced, and creative practitioner. She first studied Person Centred Therapy some 30 years ago. Throughout many years of practice, she has established her own way of working which has at its foundations, the philosophy of the Person Centred Approach. Through years of experience, the belief that the core conditions are necessary, but not always sufficient has become critical in her work as she brings together different approaches to facilitate growth.
Sue has spent many years of her career developing and delivering counselling courses from Introduction to Degree level for local Organisations and Colleges. A varied career path has led to her present role as therapeutic lead in a Home and School for Looked After Children.
She is also a supervisor and co-teaches on the Supervision Diploma with Graham Molyneux.
My counselling and supervision practice is based in Eastbourne town. I work with a diverse range of clients including individuals, adolescents and couples. I have a deep passion for the Person-centred approach and the broad and progressive capacity it encompasses.
I work creatively and with a strong focus on self-compassion, believing that we thrive on deep connection and this is reflected in my supervision and counselling practices.
In addition to private work, I co-ordinate the affordable and youth service counselling for Sussex Community Counselling, part of SCDA. I manage the delivery of counselling across East Sussex including supporting people bereaved by, or at risk of suicide. A large part of my work is restoratively supporting trainee and qualified counsellors. My work for SCDA also includes delivering CPD workshops, training and supervision for the service as a whole.
I find all my work deeply connecting with human process and feel continually invigorated and humbled by our capacity to heal.
In my spare time I love film, art and books with a particular interest in philosophy and the power of myth and story telling. I’m a keen Scuba diver; I adore living by the sea and feeling connected to the ocean, I love walking with my family and our springy Springer Spaniel along the beach everyday.
I began my career as a counsellor in 2011, having already gained some experience working voluntarily for Action for Change. After completing both levels one and two at Sussex Downs College, I chose to remain within the Person-Centred field, as it started to become clear just how closely the approach aligned itself within my innermost values and beliefs about the world. During my studies, I chose placements within substance misuse (C.R.I) and bereavement (St. Wilfrid’s Hospice), and qualified as a Person-Centred counsellor (FdSc) in 2015, and it brings me pride to say that the ethos has remained as the beating heart of my practice ever since.
Post-qualification, I chose to remain counselling within the field of substance misuse. I spent five years working as a counsellor and group facilitator in private sector rehabs, where I prided myself on ensuring that my Rogerian values and principles remained as the very bedrock of my practice. During this time, I studied for a BSc in Person-Centred Counselling, drawing on my experiences of positive change from addiction utilising empathy, genuineness, and unwavering respect for the client group. Additionally, complementary studies began to influence my practice, including my involvement with the Gestalt Centre in London, as well as dedicating time towards relationship counselling, attachment theory, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (D.B.T) and family-orientated therapy.
Although I continue to focus on group-work and substance misuse counselling, I took the opportunity to begin teaching Person-Centred Counselling in 2021, and I sincerely look forward to encouraging others to immerse themselves in the approach with my openness, experience, and unwavering passion towards the field.
Alongside counselling, I am a keen reader, an avid musician and love nothing more than spending time with my kitten, Moxie.
I am an experienced, professionally registered person-centred counsellor based in Seaford. I work with individuals, couples and families in person and on Zoom.
I offer clients an environment where they may feel accepted, respected and safe to talk about whatever they want, without feeling judged. I believe that talking through what is happening in your life can be an immensely powerful way to gain clarity and feel supported.
I also offer Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families. While counselling couples, my role is to understand the way the partners react to each other and to identify the patterns of behaviour that impact the relationship. In close relationships, immensely powerful emotions can rise in order to communicate our needs to our partners. Emotionally Focused Therapy focuses on the emotions behind the behaviour. I encourage couples by listening very carefully and helping them to recognise and express their deeper emotions.
I love my work as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I am fascinated by psychology and philosophy and what it means to be human.
Therapists at Our Centre
All therapists abide by the BACP’s ethical framework.
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My name is Mark. I specialise in helping people overcome and gain recovery from addiction and have been doing so since 2009. I have tailored my style of therapy to enable my clients to not only gain as much insight into their own addiction, but also the tools to live a more fulfilling life free of addiction.
In addition, I have worked as a volunteer at a charity organisation where counselling was offered for carers. I have also worked at one of the largest NHS doctors’ surgeries in Eastbourne where I was the leading therapist for 3 years covering many areas of mental health. As my own private practice grew, I felt it was appropriate to concentrate more of my time in my specialist field of addiction, as well as general mental health difficulties to include bereavement, self-esteem issues and all forms of abuse. I also offer couples counselling should you be looking for help and support with your relationship.
Although my practice is formed primarily in the Person-Centred Approach, I also have training in other areas and in addition I am currently studying a degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and therefore adhere to their code of ethics. Being a member of the BACP, I follow the ethical framework for good practice which requires regular supervision as well as a minimum set hours per year for continued professional development.
It can be a struggle to even find the right counsellor, who not only are we comfortable with, but equally fully understands the difficulties we may be facing. As a good working relationship is of the highest importance to my therapy, I offer a half price introductory session to help you make a better informed decision as to whether I am the one that you feel comfortable enough to work with.
Hello, I believe that each individual is the expert on themselves and their experiences. Sometimes it can be difficult to make sense of those experiences and may result in holding a person back. People seek counselling for a wide range of reasons; whatever your reasons, by allowing yourself some time and space to talk about them can help you to understand the cause and bring you some clarity. For you to be able to explore and understand the issues that you bring to each session I offer a warm, empathic, and non-judgemental acceptance to all clients, which will allow a therapeutic and trusting relationship to develop.
I have experience of and work with a wide range of issues such as:
- any form of loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown, loss of employment or the death of a beloved pet.
- individuals who are in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse, relationship difficulties,
- sexual abuse,
- depression and low self-esteem.
I know from personal experience that it can be difficult to take the first step to contact a counsellor and to find the right one for you. To help you with this I am happy for you to contact me, obligation free, to ask any questions you may have or, if you would like, to have a free 15-minute consultation