I'm Emma Crossland, a Counsellor and Reflective Practice Facilitator
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) affirmative counselling
I am a LGBTQ affirmative therapist. I am aware that we live in a heteronormative and cisnormative society and how this can impact on self worth, self esteem and cause feelings of shame, doubt, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Counselling can help provide a safe space to explore these and other difficulties without feeling judged or misunderstood. I work with clients in monogamous, polyamorous and open relationships.
Theories and ideas underpinning my practice include
- The importance of self care and self compassion
- Transactional analysis
- Defense mechanisms
- Attachment theory
- Psychologically Informed Environments
- Reflective and reflexive self-awareness and critical reflexivity
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can changeCarl R. Rogers
One to one counselling
I am an Integrative Counsellor, working within a person-centered framework as well as using other theoretical approaches to inform my work, including psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioural therapy and Transactional Analysis. I provide a safe, non judgmental, confidential space for people to express what is going on for them, explore how they feel and find ways to move forward with their lives. I work with adults and young people aged 16 years and older.
I am a Qualified Cyber Therapist. I can provide counselling via video, audio and instant message using an encrypted online platform. This can be helpful for people who find it difficult to access face to face counselling due to their location, other commitments or because it feels more comfortable receiving support virtually.
£10 initial meeting
£40 a session
Reflective Practice Group Work
I have over thirteen years experience supporting people with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, abuse, mental health, displacement and learning difficulties through front line work and staff management in hostels and supported accommodation. I use my skills and experience in these areas to support people through reflective practice group work.
There is often an emotional cost when working with vulnerable people due to unpredictable and sometimes hostile working environments and the impact of supporting people with complex traumatic histories. Workers can experience inner conflict, helplessness, anxiety and frustration. When a group feels a sense of safety and containment there is the chance for complex and difficult emotions and feelings to be expressed, heard and explored and the opportunity to learn to sit with uncertainty rather than always needing solutions. I also help people to explore self care techniques to help build resilience and maintain good mental health and well being.
I help group members work through challenging emotions and process difficult experiences by reflecting on what happened, making sense of it, exploring what this means and turning this into transformative learning – what went well and what could have been done differently. Doing this in a group gives people the chance to see things from different perspectives, to feel heard by their colleagues and for their experiences to be normalised. Sharing experiences helps people feel bonded and supported, developing the trust needed to work in environments which can, at times, be stressful and volatile.
Do contact me if you are an employer wanting to discuss adding reflective practice to the support you offer your staff.
Critical Incident Debriefing
Using Kinchin’s emotional decompression model, I help people who have experienced traumatic events such as a client’s death, overdoses, physical altercations and other incidents to process what they have experienced in a safe space.
Doing this shortly after the event helps prevent PTSD/secondary trauma/chronic stress reactions and helps normalise difficult emotions so that people can return to work feeling less intense reactions about the event, feel more in control and feel able to support each other due to a shared understanding of what happened.
Do contact me if you are an employer and would like to set up a critical incident debrief for staff after a incident. Such debriefs are most effective within two weeks of the incident occurring and with everyone involved present.
Self care and self compassion workshops for frontline staff
I will be piloting this workshop in September 2019. Do get in contact if you would like to be one of the organisations considered for the pilot.
‘Our reflective practice sessions are a brilliant way of talking openly and honestly with my team. Emma does a great job at creating a safe space and warm environment. I look forward to our sessions with anticipation and I leave each session feeling deeply connected to my team as well as feeling a strengthening bond between us. I have definitely noticed a difference these sessions have made when we return to our workplace. The things we are discussing impact how we help each other at work, we have a greater understanding of each other’s situations and are much better at checking in with each other, which has been invaluable to me. This ultimately makes us a strong team, enabling us to do our job at a much higher and more effective level, whilst keeping in mind the importance of maintaining our own emotional well being’
Jen. Reflective practice participant working in a homeless hostel in Brighton
As a member of the BACP, I abide by their code of ethics and standards of practice and professional development. I am fully insured and attend regular supervision.