Shelley Holland | Senior Accredited Counsellor | Hove | NCS

Shelley Holland

Member Status: Senior Accredited

Member No: NCS21-02383

Location: Hove

The key approaches I call upon are the psychodynamic approach, attachment theory, trauma-informed (including EMDR), somatic/body psychotherapy, and to a lesser extent cognitive/behavioural and approaches.

My initial training was in the psychodynamic approach where the emphasis is on providing a secure and safe environment in which to explore both conscious and unconscious feelings, with an emphasis on understanding how past experiences are shaping and influencing your relationships in the present.

My work is also influenced by the work of body psychotherapy and mindfulness where attention is paid to the whole person and how experiences and feelings are felt both emotionally and physically.

I am able to offer EMDR therapy, which is acknowledged as an effective treatment for trauma by both NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) and WHO (World Health Organisation), and which is also an effective therapy for a wide range of issues, including bereavement and phobias.

Other influences in my work are the cognitive/behavioural model where ways of ‘unhelpful’ thinking are explored and understood, and by systemic thinking which is a way of understanding ourselves within families and other ‘systems’ such as the workplace.

Attachment-based therapy also informs my work. This is where difficulties in adult relationships can be understood by reflecting on the influence of 'attachment patterns' developed in childhood, and the nature of the bonds we made with our early care-givers.

I am also interested in the use of metaphor, narratives and stories in counselling. Stories can also be an important part of therapy. We all have a story, perhaps many stories, that have helped us at some point to make sense of our lives and the experiences we’ve had. Sometimes these stories seem to stop working, perhaps because of changes in our relationships with others, or because our life circumstances have changed. I am open to working with people who would like to use basic art materials, journal writing, or creative writing exercises to further their self-knowledge.

My way of working stems from this wide range of training that I've received, taking a holistic approach to working with clients. By incorporating techniques and skills from various disciplines, I can find the approach that best fits each and every person that I work with. We are all individuals, and we are all unique, and no single one theory fits everyone. I run a training organisation called Brighton Therapy Partnership dedicated to the provision of training workshops and continuing professional development to therapists across the South East of England. Through my Directorship of this organisation I am in constant contact with the most up-to-date clinical thinking.

I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I belong to the BACP Register, which is a register of therapists approved by the Professional Standards Authority of Health and Social Care. I am also a Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a member of the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Association UK.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    B.A (Hons)
    M.A. Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex)
    Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy
    Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Sussex)
    Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing & Personal Development
    Diploma in Clinical Supervision
    Diploma in Management (Institute of Leadership and Management)
    Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (City & Guilds)
    Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
    Certificate in BodyListening: An Introduction to Deep Bodywork and Body Psychotherapy
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Cultural issues
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Emotional issues
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Relationships
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Trauma
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