I have a passion for working with diverse people who seek my assistance in their journey of life. I have a huge amount of respect for those that show courage in taking that first step into therapy which can be daunting and fearful, yet exciting and fulfilling and the path to change. My aim as a therapist is to help you to help yourself overcome past issues and allow you to be your true self that you so rightly deserve. The outcome of which is to provide you with inner strength to deal with your past as well as present and future occurrences in your life.
I have been counselling in various settings for nearly two decades, which include the LGB & T community, forensic mental health and the mental health charity MIND. In order to keep up with the latest information, I regularly attend workshops, courses and participate in research.
I have experience of working with couples, groups and individuals from the BDSM, S & M, polyamourous and swinging communities. I have experience of working with lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, transvestites, cross dressers and the transgender community pre op and post op MtF and FtM as well as heterosexual individuals and couples. I also have extensive knowledge within the mental health field working as Counselling Manager for MIND.
I am fully insured to carry out therapy and I have an enhanced DBS. As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to a strict code of ethics. As with any ethical counsellor, I regularly attend supervision where all personal details regarding the client remains anonymous.
Psychodynamic counselling benefits from long term work but it is always up to the client when they choose to end. It does, however, benefit the client to have at least 2-3 months to work through the ending as this can often bring up past endings which may have been painful.
Counselling is for 50 minutes and benefits from weekly attendance. This will usually be on the same day and time each week. I offer counselling on a 1:1 basis as well as couple counselling and group therapy.
Faye Austen-Young BSc (Hons), Ad.Dip.Couns, P.G.Dip.Sup, P.G.Dip.Coup.Couns, MBACP (Accred).
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic)
UKCP P.G. Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Psychosynthesis)
P.G. Diploma in Couple Counselling (Psychosynthesis)
P.G. Certificate in Groupwork (Gestalt)
Advanced Child Protection Training
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Registered BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)
WPATH (The World Professional Association for Transgender Health)
KAP (Kink Aware Professional)
Specialising in Mental Health and the LGB&T Community
From time to time life has an air of dissatisfaction. Other times we may have an event that has been so traumatic we are unable to move on from it. Sometimes we can live with secrets we have had to hide from others for fear of judgement or shame. We can lose our core sense of being. This can also affect the ways in which we relate to others. Conflict within our selves can arise and become overwhelming or confusing. Therapy can be a way to resolve such difficulties. It can also be a scary road to tread. It is an unknown territory and we can be frightened of what we do not know. To begin this journey is a courageous step. It is the beginning of bringing change to your life.
As a qualified clinical supervisor, I offer individual and group supervision to therapists of all modalities, including trainees and qualified therapists. Please see my supervision section for further information.
Relationships are not easy, especially when you become a couple. At times things can go wrong or astray. You can experience difficulties and find it extremely hard to fathom what has happened or how to move on. I look at the actual relationship between you and help you both to address issues you may find virtually impossible to explore with each other. Sometimes you may drift apart and do not know why, whilst other times there may have been a significant rupture within the relationship. Couple therapy can help to identify patterns of behaviour that are not helpful and hindering progress within the relationship.
Group therapy is an exciting, intense and multi-levelled relational experience. The thought of group therapy can bring fear and anxiety to some people. However, the benefits of group therapy can be immense. It is a place where you can learn so much about how you interact with others. It can show you how other people's behaviour towards you can tap into past difficult emotions and you can discover new ways of dealing with this in a construtive and helpful manner. It can bring relief to hear that others are struggling and grappling with similar issues. Contributing and listening to others can be hugely rewarding.
Please see my group therapy page for further information.
I offer CPD workshops throughout the year, for qualified and trainee therapists. Please email me for further details for workshops in 2018. These workshops will include working with personality disorders and transgender issues.
As an LGB &T and Kink sensitive therapist, I also specialise with the following alternative sexualities, genders & lifestyles including the hetrosexual community:
Issues addressed include: