Britta Schuessler. Mindfulness Coach
Britta Schuessler MA, MBACP (accred)
I worked for 5 years as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement CareGlasgow which gave me a lot of insight into the complexity of loss and bereavement. This led me to work for 2 years as a counsellor in the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. I helped people there to come to terms with being terminally ill and what that meant to them.
I spent 3 years volunteering for the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow which was great in terms of getting a lot of experience working with a large variety of issues like stress, anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm and relationship problems.
I also worked 7 years for Victim SupportGlasgow which made me appreciate how differently we all respond to life’s events. It highlighted to me strongly that we can be deeply affected by seemingly small incidents, not just by big things and that this can severely undermine our confidence and ability to cope.
After Victim Support I worked 4 years as an alcohol counsellor for the Glasgow Council on Alcohol. This work confirmed my suspicion that addiction more often than not is a form of self-medication, a way of masking or dealing with underlying issues. Many people develop addictive or compulsive behaviours in order to cope with past events like abuse, bullying, losses, trauma, and issues like depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. This led me to train in trauma therapy, because my experience over the years had shown me that normal talking therapies often do not really help to heal the source of the problems people have.
I also worked with groups at the Glasgow Council on Alcohol as a life coach. The courses I ran were designed to help with the underlying issues that cause people to drink. Issues like stress, anxiety, anger, and lack of confidence.
Underpinning and supporting all of my work is extensive training in a great variety of methods as well as over 20 years of Mindfulness practice.
I am an affiliate counsellor with Validium.
Certificate in Becoming Safely Embodied 2016
Certificate in Advance CRM and Core Self 2015
Certificate in CBT Toolkit 2014
Certificate in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) 2013
Certificate in Brainspotting (Phase 1 & 2) 2013
Accredited Alcohol Counsellor 2012
Certificate in Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology 2011
Certificate in Coaching 2011
Diploma in Person Centred Therapy (PCT) 2005
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling 2003
Counselling Skills 2002
MA in Critical & Cultural Theory 1995
Working with Guilt and Shame (Deirdre Fay) 2016
Becoming Safely Embodied (Deirdre Fay) 2016
Self Empowerment 2014
Working with clients who have experienced Trauma 2014
Trauma Release Exercises & Somatic Experiencing (Introduction) 2013
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) 2013
Motivational Interviewing 2012
Group Therapy Skills 2012
Mental Health First Aid 2011
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse 2010
Support after Sudden and Violent Death 2009
Managing Change 2007
Problem Solving 2007
Working with Anger 2004
I have worked for the last 11 years as a counsellor in a variety of fields, including bereavement, loss, abuse, trauma and addiction. I work in a holistic, integrative and cooperative way with my clients. I am an accredited and registered member of BACP and am highly professional in my work.
I am also a life coach with an interest in nutrition and wellbeing. All of my work aims at helping people feel more empowered and enhance the quality of their experience of life.
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