I am an Existential psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor (UKCP Reg, ; BACP senior accredited). I am also a trained Sensorimotor psychotherapist (I&II), and offer integrative supervision. For almost 20 years, I ran two specialised psychotherapy services in an NHS hospital and I still work part-time with patients who have been in Intensive Care..
I also work privately from home in Lewes. My private work is general: I enjoy working with whatever issues you bring, while also bearing in mind your more general existential context - what it means for you to be human and to grapple with life’s problems. You can choose to come either for a few sessions, over a number of weeks or months, or else on a longer-term basis.
Existential therapy is a joint endeavour between client and therapist: together we look at what matters to you personally, including the values, assumptions and ways of thinking and reacting that underlie your ways of relating to others and to the world. The Existential approach to therapy is holistic in that it sees body, mind, emotions, spirit as inseparable aspects of being, which all require our concern and care. For more details, see my personal website http://www.laurabarnett.co.uk
I also have a strong interest in the way we carry, in our bodies, past traumas as well as the stresses of everyday life, and I integrate into my existential work understanding derived from trauma therapy: from my Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level I,II and advanced), systemic constellation, and other trainings.
While I do not usually refer to theory in counselling sessions, I do have a special interest in existential therapy and its philosophical roots. I have contributed articles and chapters on existential therapy and supervision, and edited two books.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.