Grief and Bereavement Counsellor in Croydon, XX
I’m Lurlene Angela DeCosta, a licensed counsellor providing grief and bereavement therapy serving Croydon, and surrounding areas.
I specialize in loss and bereavement, with a passion for pregnancy loss. I also support those who have experienced loss by violent death, suicide, complicated grief. I’ve had many life experiences, which have shaped who I am today. I have a large family and enjoy caring for my pets, I am also a part time carer and do charity work. I enjoy working with all sorts of people of all ages.
I have a real interest in how the mind works and how it influences our wellbeing and health. I have a keen interest in cultural differences and how we express grief according to our upbringing while helping people discover what works for them to make them feel better.
I started this journey as a trained Bereavement Officer for a NHS hospital for 10 years. I spent much of the time listening to people who were dealing with the loss of their loved one. Having experiencing loss myself, I became more passionate in this area especially pregnancy loss. Having very little support during my experience, I decided to help people who are experiencing this sad and difficult time, giving support that I never had.
As well as having a wealth of life experiences and skills, I have worked as a bereavement support volunteer for St. Christopher’s Hospice I gained extensive experience in this type of work with people of all ages and backgrounds.
I trained as a Volunteer counsellor for Place2Be. During my time in School I have counselled children.
My approach is person-centred and I offer the use of creative materials and therapeutic play to allow the young client to access and process what may be difficult through the spoken word alone.
Professional membership and qualifications
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).
I attend regular supervision to support my client work. I hold appropriate Professional Liability Insurance and have an up to date Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service. I keep up to date with my continuous professional development and attend courses, conferences to enhance my learning and work, in the field of counselling.
Level 4 CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (adults)
Level 3 and 2 CPCAB Counselling skills
Why choose me?
As BACP accredited therapist. I embrace and celebrate equality and diversity, by not discriminating against each client and treating them equally.