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Unity Holistic Lifeline practitioners

We have a small and carefully selected family of teachers and practitioners who are providing our Holistic Lifeline services. They all work to a very high standard and they're warm and welcoming of everyone in a wide range of circumstances.

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Our practitioners

Steffi Bednarek

Appointments by arrangement for:
Online psychotherapy support
and
Floatation therapy


Steffi writes:

I was born in Germany, grew up in Luxembourg and have lived in the UK for over 20 years. I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. I am also an associated member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and run training seminars and workshops on the intersection between psychology and climate change.

I am passionate about my work and fundamentally believe in our human capacity to adapt to changing circumstances.

  • As a counsellor and psychotherapist I am experienced in working on a short and long term basis with a wide range of issues. I have worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS, for several Universities and on a self-employed basis.
  • As a Head of several different mental health services, I have clinically, operationally and strategically managed busy counselling and mental health provisions for adults, children and adolescents.
  • In my work as a trainer and visiting lecturer,  I have worked for Universities, national and local Governments, the Council of Europe as well as for industry, NGOs and international help organisations.
  • As a writer I have published a range of articles on mental health issues and wider socio political issues that affect our wellbeing (view links to published articles in my blog). My particular focus lies on the interconnection between the vast and wild human soul in its entanglement with a world that no longer allows us to reduce it to a mere backdrop. The effects of climate change impact on our mental health and in turn, our psychological ‘response – ability’ over the next few years will alter the state of the world, one way or another. I believe it is time  to allow the world to enter our hearts, our minds, our theories and our consulting rooms whilst also infusing psychological perspectives into the discourse about climate change.

Steffi’s own site is at psychotherapyinbrighton.com

Keith Ellis

FRIDAYS
2.30–3.30pm: SUPPORT GROUP – Music to connect and uplift!

Under January 2021 lockdown rules, led support groups are permitted to meet in person. Group membership is strictly limited to six in order to provide full 2 metre social distancing. For more information on our Covid-secure practices, see the Unity safety code page.

Keith will  be running free therapeutic music sessions every Friday afternoon, to help us feel happier, more relaxed, more energised and where we can meet other local people. “It’s really for people who are living with dementia or who have had a stroke or feeling particularly isolated at this time”, says Keith.


Keith has been facilitating workshops and trainings since 2001 on community, environment, well-being and diversity. His work involves music, media, theatre, nature connection and mindfulness. He is a founding director of Movingsounds, a Community Interest Company that delivers creative workshops addressing social and environmental issues. He is a trainer in Cultural Emergence, creating healthy communities and systemic change based on Social Permaculture and indigenous culture. As a musician he performs with Swing Zazou, and is a composer and producer.

Eleanor Johnson-Bullock

THURSDAYS
2.30–3.30pm: Art therapy for seniors (live on Zoom)
4.00–5.00pm: Art therapy for children or teens (live on Zoom)


Ellie writes:

I am a formally trained Artist and Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner within my second year of training at The Institute of Art in Therapy and Education (IATE London). I am a trauma informed and ACE aware practitioner. I have training within Art Therapy, Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. I am trained in safeguarding, sexual violence and domestic abuse. I have clinical supervision with Charlotte Savins Art Physiotherapist twice a month.

I have experience in facilitating creative groups and projects as an artist and Therapeutic practitioner. Currently I am working for Rise, a DV charity based in Brighton. Within my role there I deliver 1.1 Art Therapy session with CYP clients and run the Art and Wellbeing groups for adolescent girls. Currently the group is based outdoors in a plot in Stanmer park and draws on Art Therapy and Eco Therapy techniques, this is a rolling group with up to 10 members attending between the ages of 13-17. As a trained Horticulturalist and Therapeutic Practitioner, I have experience working with vulnerable older clients. I work with each client in their own garden promoting wellbeing through conversation, horticultural activities, and connection with nature.

The format of the Art Therapy groups at Unity will be 1-hour sessions with three clients for six weeks. The first session will consist of creating a working alliance as a group, building trust, and naming any hopes and fears of the sessions. The working alliance will include confidentiality and bring an awareness to safeguarding the group members and others around them. The last session will be a chance to look back at all the work created, reflect on the experience of the therapeutic group. The last session will involve an ending activity which will be developed as an outcome of the group’s needs. Each client will be able to take their work home with them if they choose to at the end of the last session.

At the beginning of each session clients will be asked to fill out a form. I use a form known as a CORE form. This is useful to gauge how they are individually and can flag up any safeguarding issue that may not be presenting within the group work. It is also useful to use as research to see if there has been any improvement in their overall mental health over the six-week project. There are two forms that I will use: one for CYP and one for the adults.

Sevanti

Unity founding managing director, teacher & practitioner

WEDNESDAYS
9.30–11.00am: SUPPORT GROUP – Wellbeing Wednesdays: gentle movement, meditation and self-care (at the Centre) – starts 27 January 2021

Under January 2021 lockdown rules, led support groups are permitted to meet in person. Group membership is strictly limited to six in order to provide full 2 metre social distancing. For more information on our Covid-secure practices, see the Unity safety code page.

THURSDAYS
9.30–11.00am: Meditation & Support Circle (live on Zoom) – a seven week online course starting 28 January 2021

FRIDAYS
9.30–11.00am: Unity yoga (live on Zoom)

Sevanti’s regular Friday morning yoga class is available free to Holistic Lifeline clients (email to apply for a free place)

RECORDED SERIES
For download: Yoga for 11-13 year olds

4 x 30 minute classes plus 2 x Yoga Nidra (20 minute relaxation journeys) plus 1 hour Unity Partner Yoga session


Sevanti has taught dance, yoga, massage, bodywork & healing since 1998.

She teaches globally on various retreats and communities and has run her own retreats for over 20 years in various countries and annually in Turkey.

Sevanti established the Unity School in 2002 and has taught her annual ‘Unity Yoga Teacher Training’ and ‘Unity Holistic Massage’ Diplomas, plus various postgraduate Diplomas including her creation of ‘Unity Partner Yoga’ since then in London, Kent and Sussex. She is an IYN Yoga Elder (extensive teaching hours).

She opened ‘The Unity Studio’ in Brighton in 2012, and fulfilled her vision of opening the Unity Centre in Lewes in 2019.

Sevanti teaches various children’s classes, including groups of children who have been adopted or in foster care. She loves to work with all ages, particularly the more vulnerable groups.

Sevanti lives in Lewes with her young daughter where they enjoy the beautiful nature of this part of the world. She continues to teach, train and travel and loves to work with the wonderful ‘Unity family’ team!

Lex Titterington

MONDAYS
9.30–10.30am: Chair Yoga (live on Zoom)

TUESDAYS
10.30–11.15am: Wellbeing for LGBTQI+community (live on Zoom)

WEDNESDAYS
9.30–10.30am: private yoga one-to-ones (live on Zoom)

THURSDAYS
10.30–11.30am: Resilience & wellbeing for Key Workers (live on Zoom)

With the help of our National Lottery funding, we are able to offer these as free services to those shielding or suffering from acute stress and anxiety in these times, particularly those with physical disability / learning difficulty / mental health challenges.

Amber Ward

MONDAYS
9.30–10.30am: Yoga, Breathing & Meditation for those Shielding/Vulnerable (live on Zoom)
1.00–2.00pm: Yoga, Breathing & Meditation for Long Covid (live on Zoom)


Amber has been working with people with additional needs since 2002.

She completed her 500hr Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher training in 2005 and has been training others in her specialist field since 2007. Amber is well known as a leading ‘additional needs’ yoga teacher in the South East and has been teaching yoga to adults with, and without, additional needs since 2004. She has taught yoga at a wide variety of settings across Sussex, including SCOPE, Hove; Outreach 3 Way, Crawley; The Grace Eyre Foundation, Hove; Sussex Autistic Community Trust in Bognor; CAMHS, Haywards Heath, and Chailey Heritage Foundation, Lewes where she has been teaching since 2015. Amber has also taught in Secure Mental Health settings, Dementia groups and HMP Lewes.

She is strongly influenced by, amongst others, Scaravelli and humanist yoga, The Feldenkrais Method, insight meditation and neuroscience. Amber continues to be motivated and amazed by the brain’s plasticity and the limitless potential she sees unfolding in her students. She has completed the Special Yoga for PMLD and cerebral palsy training, HANDLE Level 1 and Level 2 practitioner training and is currently studying Anat Baniel Neuromomevemt.

Amber has type 1 diabetes and is therefore in a higher risk group for Covid-19. She is currently practicing strict social distancing and is only teaching yoga online or one-to-one.


On Mondays, 4.00-5.30pm, Amber is also leading the Unity Centre’s Cared for Children’s Project (SCF FUNDED).

Alasdair Warmsley

FRIDAYS
1.00–1.45pm: Chair-based Tai Chi/Qi Gong (live on Zoom)

Alasdair offers a gentle, supportive class moving through Tai Chi and Qi Gong elements with the support of a chair. For those shielding, suffering from acute stress and anxiety in these times, particularly those with physical disability / learning difficulty / mental health challenges.