ABOUT ME

Adam Crowther

MBACP, PGDip, MSc, MA (Oxon), BA (Hons)

Pronouns: He/Him

I am a BACP-registered, qualified humanistic therapist providing counselling (short-term) and psychotherapy (longer-term) for individuals over the age of 18. I focus on the Gestalt approach to therapy, which you can read about on the next page along with my broader humanistic background

 

My approach primarily explores your here-and-now experience and can help you creatively manage a decision, event or crisis, or explore deeper aspects of yourself and your relationships. It is informal, experimental, honest, playful and sometimes challenging. It explores how you notice and meet your needs, or ignore them to protect yourself. It expands your flexibility and choice to be many different, sometimes contradictory things (strong and vulnerable, serious and funny, solitary and sociable), allowing you to be adaptive in a changing world.

I was previously a mental health researcher exploring how we know whether people benefit from therapy, the stories people tell about their lives, and the Recovery Approach. I have delivered psycho-educational groups on "shame", supported older people in their homes, and worked with people with a wide range of diagnoses, including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

My pronouns are he/him and I identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for many years.  I have a fierce passion for celebrating gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) and provide a safe space to explore these aspects of identity.

I am a founding member of Rampion Counselling & Psychotherapy, a collective of LGBTQ-affirmative therapists in Brighton: www.rampioncounselling.org.uk

I am a fully insured, Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and belong to the BACP Register, a register of therapists approved by the Professional Standards Authority of Health and Social Care.  I attend regular supervision to maintain my professional development and adherence to ethical and professional standards, and have an on-going commitment to continuous professional development. I take your privacy and safety very seriously, and collect, store and process personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS

PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling

University of Brighton

Certificate in Couples & Relationships Therapy

The Gestalt Centre (in training)

MSc Experimental Psychology

University of Sussex

Cognitive Remediation Therapy Qualification

King's College London

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body

BA (Hons) Classics

University of Oxford

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

LGBTQ+ affirmative practice

HIV Awareness

Suicide intervention (ASIST and SafeTALK)

Working at Relational Depth

Working Therapeutically with Sand Trays

Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression

Peer Mentoring & Personal Development

AREAS OF INTEREST

 I welcome all experiences, from depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, to trauma and physical or emotional abuse, from work and relationship difficulties, to isolation, confusion or feeling stuck. Particular interests include:

 

Identity – Affirming and exploring confusion or changes in how you define yourself.

Loss – Not only bereavement, but also loss of the past, a career, a relationship, a role (e.g. mother), or part of yourself.

Needs – Responding to our needs, putting ourselves or others first, particularly understanding, expressing and responding to our emotions.

 

Improvisation – Being present and creative in our moment-to-moment responses (I have a background in classical and folk music).

 

Language – The stories we tell about ourselves, and how the words we use change our experience of ourselves, others and the world.