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Rachel Lowden

Rachel Lowden

My name is Rachel Lowden and I am an Autism and Aspergers Syndrome support Specialist. I have worked in the field of autism spectrum conditions for 22 years.

This year 2017 has been very exciting so far. My working week consists of 2.5 days therapeutic work (1-1 and groups) and 2.5 days project work. I was commissioned by the home office early on this year to adapt, write an deliver an autism focused programme about the PREVENT strategy, specifically radicalisation and extremism. This complimented my role as an Aspergers Syndrome Registered Court Intermediary which I qualified for in 2015.

The project consisted of delivering sessions in 5 different education settings in East Sussex. It was a pilot project and as just been approved and will be going live soon (Website address to follow.

Following a successful grant application I am now working on a project with Little Gate Care Farm in Beckley East Sussex. litlegatecarefarm.co.uk  which helps people with differences into paid work. I am really excited about this opportunity to build a robust and sustainable autism friendly supported employment model.

The therapy I devised 10 years a go that functions as autism specific therapy is still central to my practice and continues to thrive and develop since taking on another practice room in the old town, Hastings. Our Aspergers therapy group is progressing and now we are at capacity and will be starting a two new groups. Group 1 is for adults over 21 and is built on a self sustaining model (Comments from the group to be downloaded soon!)and I shall be starting a second group and a group for teenage girls in the near future.

Sex and relationships courses have been successfully delivered to Autism Sussex and Sussex Coast College and are now leading to thoughts around events to introduce people who want to date.

In terms of training I still deliver for ESCC on their Autism pathway (Level 5) and have trained this year with targeted youth support, Mayfield Children's Home, NAS Bexhill, SCC and taken part in various conferences and events.

I am a trustee for Boathouse Theatre Arts based in Hastings and Millies night club and continue to build community relationships within these roles. 

I have the privilege to work across services, education, criminal justice, adult social care and employment. Together with my clients we are striving towards celebrating difference and implementing change that reflects this. 

Rachel Ramlagan-Singh MBACP

Rachel Ramlagan-Singh MBACP

I am an experienced psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP). I work as a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist Alongside my private psychotherapy practice, I have worked as a counsellor for people affected by trauma; schizophrenia, attachment; eating disorders and anxiety for young people... Prior to my work in the field of psychotherapy, I worked in strategic management post related with autism and helped young adults to reduce challenging behaviour.  At this time I was also involved with running an independent private clinic.  You can learn more about me here.

Experience

As a counsellor and also through over 15 years’ ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) experience I have worked with many young people with behavioural issues including low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety, panic attacks, ASD, anger, confrontational behaviour, which in some circumstances have led them to substance misuse. I have an ongoing interest in research, most recently in the fields of mental health diagnoses, treatments and risks, including by developing healthy wellbeing through talking therapy, and also assessing the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which supports the view that people require choices to feel empowered and to achieve the best possible chance of success, autonomy and independence to improve the quality of their life, for example after a mental health diagnosis. I am a willing participant in personal and group supervision sessions, and my therapy training included the use of counselling evaluation tools and assessing outcomes.

bacpsmallQualifications

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD(2015)

Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD(2014)

Certificate in a counselling and psychotherapy, Regents College, (2013)

Degree in Social Science, University of Brighton (2006)

 

I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP Register).

Current work

I left the role of Manager of a Community Outreach Service at Autism Sussex to concentrate on my career as a counsellor/therapist. I have many client hours of counselling and therapy, accrued whilst working with two therapy centres, Brighton Therapy Centre and Mid Sussex Counselling Centre, Hassocks. I am continuing to establish my private practice at Brighton Therapy Centre.

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