Mr Damien Shann
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS19-07843
I am a registered therapeutic counsellor with an emphasis on free-form conversation that can help you find answers to what is troubling you. I especially welcome working with those who may not normally seek counselling or therapy though think they may benefit from talking over potential solutions to difficult aspects of their lives.
I have also worked for more than twenty years as a personal development mentor for a wide range of people as well as facilitated hundreds of group sessions and workshops on personal change. I presently focus on working one-to-one. You may find that, through our conversations, you will quickly begin to find solutions to what has been bothering you.
Offering a friendly, understanding context, with a special emphasis on genuine acceptance, creating a safe place for you to talk. Talking about your distress with another can help lift its burden, and let you take a fresh look at what troubles you. Though I will tailor my approach to you as an individual, my general approach is to look for genuine and inspiring solutions moving forward rather than focusing solely on the past. You may find that as we talk you will see new possibilities or perspectives and a renewed purpose and meaning.
Though I do accept that conditions such as "generalised anxiety disorder" or "panic disorder" are very real problems for people, I do try to see through the labels to the real present personal experience.
My primary specialism is bereavement and complicated grief, I do also, however, work on a wide range of issues. I have a special interest in working with:
Anxiety and worry
Loss of direction
Health related issues
Mental health issues
Obsessions and OCD
- Qualifications & ExperienceI spent over 5 years as a student of therapeutic counselling.
BSc. (1st Class hons.) Counselling: University of Brighton
Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Practice (London and Cardiff)
FdSc. Person-Centred Counselling: University of Brighton
Foundation Year, Psychosynthesis: ReVision, London.
Level 2 Counselling Skills Qualification. NCFE, Lewes.
ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Suicide First Aid. Eastbourne.
Certificate in Focusing Skills: The British Focusing Teachers’ Association. London
Patient and Family Support Team Generic Training. St. Catherines Hospice, Crawley.
Foundation and follow on courses in Brief Solution Focused Practice, working towards certification (London and Cardiff).
Other related training:
Working with Children Facing Loss. St Catherines Hospice, day workshop, Crawley.
Adult Aptitude to Grief Scale, and how to apply it. St. Catherines Hospice, day workshop, Crawley
BACP endorsed Hypnotherapy Training w/e. Brighton
Working with Trauma day workshop
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics.
- What I can help with
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Bereavement / Loss
- Cultural issues
- Financial difficulties
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Sexuality Identity
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Languages Spoken