Welcome to the Brighton Person-Centred Community website


The Brighton Person-Centred Community is open to anyone interested in the Person-Centred Approach.

As a group we are affiliated to tPCA (The Person-Centred Association) and form part of the national 'Local Groups' network.

*Please note that the Community meetings on the second and third Saturdays of each month are by no means exclusive to therapists and counsellors.

How we came to be

The group was formed in recognition of the fact that there were few organized opportunities locally for counsellors and therapists with an interest in the person-centred approach to come together for contact and mutual support.

This perceived gap highlighted the need for a group where sustained personal/professional contact was made possible.

For more than ten years our community has been meeting once a month on a Saturday morning.

Latest News:

Please visit the Workshops page for additional details about workshops on 13th April* and 13th July.

*NB There is still time (just!) to book for the workshop coming up this Saturday, 13th.

The Encounter day on 11th May is now fully booked.

Hove Counselling and Psychotherapy have now opened a new centre in Westbourne Street in addition to their existing centre in Portland Road. For more details look under the links page.

There is now a regular group on the first Saturday of each month for newly qualified practitioners. Please visit our Meetings & Groups page for more information. The next meeting is on Saturday 4th May

The next walking meeting is on Saturday 13th April. The next meeting at the Friends' Meeting House is on Saturday 20th April. We now have a card reader, so you need not be concerned about bringing cash; though we are still happy to accept cash or for you to pay online.

We had a successful meeting at The Friends' Meeting House in November where we discussed, amongst other things, how we describe the meetings. We realise the word 'meeting' is a bit general and maybe dry sounding, when the intention is for us to encounter each other as humans with the Person Centred core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.

In the future we will be working on how we describe the group meetings so it's clearer what they are about and we'll be aiming to get some social media marketing to raise the profile of the Community. We are happy to invite anyone to contribute thoughts and ideas to this discussion.

Community meetings

There are three meetings each month:

A New Practitioners' meeting in Hove on the first Saturday of each month;

A walking meeting on the second Saturday of each month;

A conventional, in-person meeting on the third Saturday.

For more details, and for the dates of this month's meetings, please visit

our Meetings & Groups page.

Reading group

Please note also that the Reading Group would be very happy to hear from you.

Numbers have dropped away over time; and we would very much like to welcome new members in.


We are currently offering:

  • A Workshop on Contemporary Person-Centred Theory with Sheila Haugh on 13th April;
  • An Encounter Group on 11th May;
  • A workshop on Reconnecting with Person-Centred Theory with Helen Skelton on 13th July.

For more information and how to book, please visit our Workshops page.

Donating to the Community

Our existing funds are reasonably healthy; but we certainly will not refuse donations if you feel like contributing to our future. If you would like to make a voluntary donation, our bank details are:




Alternatively, please contact our treasurer, William Johnston, at willj@ntlworld.com.

Become part of the community

The Brighton Person-Centred Community is not a 'membership organisation' in the official sense. However there are various ways to connect with the community. You can:

We hope you find the community a useful and enjoyable thing to be part of, and that it furthers your appreciation, understanding and sense of community in relation to the Person-Centred approach.

For ongoing articles, links and discussions connected with the community and the person-centred approach simply click the Facebook and Twitter (X) icons below to 'like' or 'follow' us! 

If you want to contact us, please either email one of the volunteers listed on our Contact page.

Alternatively, write to us at Brightonpcc01@gmail.com.


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