About me
I believe human nature is essentially constructive

About me

My name is Emma and I’m a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I have been running my private practice for over 15 years. Before starting my own practice, I worked as a therapist for a specialist bereavement counselling service.

Life-long learning

I love to learn, to work with all sorts of different people and to draw on my life experiences to support clients in a way that is most useful and meaningful for them.

The basis of my work – be that counselling or coaching – is that we all have within us the resources for growth, and capacity to have a meaningful life. I find meaning in helping people understand themselves better – understand why they may feel the way they feel, think what they think, and do the things they do. Through this understanding comes greater self-acceptance, self-care and self-belief.

Beyond the therapy room

Through my work in London, Brighton and West Sussex, I’ve built up experience in leadership development, organisational culture and managing teams and organisations through change. I’ve developed strong coaching skills through many years of managing large, diverse teams of staff in emotive, challenging environments.

Now based in Shoreham, I draw on my counselling skills in other areas of my career – in particular when working in the charity sector – supporting individuals through a wide-range of issues, including difficulties with mental health, changes in personal life, diagnosis of terminal illness, redundancies and work-related stress and anxiety.

An integrated approach

I’m interested in many aspects of therapy and am committed to continuing my professional and personal development through ongoing training and lifelong learning. I receive regular supervision to support my work and safeguard both me and my clients.

As a wife, mother, employee, employer, friend, sister, daughter and fellow human being, I aim to tap into all my experiences to help me empathise and understand my clients and walk with them on their journey of self-discovery.

Supervision for Therapists

I can provide a supportive space for fellow professional counsellors to talk through different client challenges, build skills, knowledge and insight. It’s also a vital opportunity to consider, more broadly, how you’re feeling about your own counselling practice.

My Qualifications
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Distinction)
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Professional
  • Certified Mindfulness Informed Clinician
  • Certificated in Transformative Approach to Couples Therapy in Action
  • Certificated in ┬áThe 10 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy
  • Certificated in Polyvagal Theory in Practice
  • Certificated in Healing Early Attachment Wounds
  • Certificated in Integrating IFS (Internal Family Systems) Across Clinical Applications
  • ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) in Action
  • British Psychological Society approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Emma Whelan BACP certificate

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Last Updated on 26 January, 2024