Counselling with Amber Redish at Five Ways, Ditchling Road, Brighton
How I work
I value individual difference, finding your own path, connection and relationship. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers. I know I don't have all the answers, although I might have a suggestion or two to help you along; including sharing valuable strategies to manage symptoms related to trauma and anxiety. I believe we all have inner resources, even when we feel at our worst. I am ok to sit with people in chaos, stuckness and I am not afraid to be afraid, or to walk into a dark place.
I have been working as a counsellor in Brighton and Hove since 2004; originally training as a Person-Centred counsellor. I provide clients with a space of genuine acceptance and empathic understanding. My hope is that you will find me a warm and approachable human being. It is important to me that clients feel welcome, reassured and able to work at a pace that suits them.
Training and Qualifications
I have a Higher National Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their ethical framework and attend regular continuing professional development and clinical supervision.
I have undergone additional training in Suicide prevention , Trauma training with Babette Rothschild, Tony Buckley and Miriam Taylor and Systemic training to work with families.
I am a qualified family mediator with 6 years experience working with parents, teens and couples who are divorcing, separating or dissolving civil partnerships. I bring insights from this work into my counselling practice.
I have full professional liability insurance.
Trauma Informed Counselling
My practice is trauma informed; helping clients by first creating safety and stability. This includes having regular sessions at the same time each week. I build a close empathic relationship that acknowledges and validates client experiences.
People are diverse in terms of what they want and need, so I can integrate Person Centred counselling, particularly close empathic listening, with Psych-education information from neuroscience, teaching body based grounding; including short visualisations and meditation, consideration of child development models, Gestalt chair work and if clients find useful, opportunities for Art based creativity.
I aim to work alongside my client, at their pace and have worked extensively with adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault.
4 Sight Sussex (previously West Sussex Association for the Blind)
As a school counsellor with young people aged 11-19
Brighton Women's Centre counselling service
As a Sexual Abuse counsellor at Mankind UK