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Adam Crowther

MBACP (Accred), MSc, PGDip, BA (Hons)

Pronouns: He/Him

Sometimes we all need help navigating the challenges that come our way. That’s where I come in. I am an experienced therapist with a diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Accredited membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I integrate the Gestalt and Existential approaches, offering a safe and supportive space to help you explore your inner world, gain greater self-awareness, discover your potential, and find meaning and purpose in life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, stuckness, your identity, relationship issues, or you simply feel like you’re not living up to your potential, I am here to help. 

I offer a containing and reliable moment in your week for you to meet the challenge of change at your own pace. You might just discover parts of yourself that you couldn’t see before, like the roots of a tree, so that you can stand resilient and flexible in the face of life’s challenges. 

About me

I am a qualified humanistic therapist providing counselling (short-term) and psychotherapy (longer-term) for individuals over the age of 18.
I integrate the Gestalt and Existential approaches to therapy, which together explore your here-and-now experience and its relationship with your environment, relationships, past experiences, and the realities of being human. My approach can help you creatively manage a decision, event or crisis, or explore deeper aspects of yourself and your relationships. It is informal, honest, empathic, and sometimes playful and experimental. It explores how you notice and meet your needs, or ignore them to protect yourself. It expands your flexibility and choice to be different, sometimes contradictory things (strong and vulnerable, serious and funny, solitary and sociable), allowing you to be adaptive in a changing world.

GESTALT THERAPY is a holistic and experiential approach that focuses on the present moment and the whole person. We work together to increase your self-awareness and explore how you relate to yourself, others, and the world around you. In sessions we might explore what is happening for you in certain moments, paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, sensations, posture, behaviours, and so on. We might use creative techniques such as drawing, role-playing, or using a sandtray to help you access and re-integrate parts of yourself that you might have pushed away

EXISTENTIAL THERAPY is a philosophical approach that explores human existence and the meaning of life. It examines the fundamental questions that we all face at some point, such as: Who am I? What gives life meaning? What is my purpose? By confronting these questions, we can develop a greater sense of freedom and responsibility to shape our own lives in a meaningful way. In sessions, we might explore your values, how they shape your experience of events, and what they reveal about what is important to you. We might explore how authentically you feel you are living your life and experiment with new ways of being that align with your values and goals. We might use different types of expression (dialogue, metaphor, journaling) to identify your patterns and beliefs that keep you from facing existential realities such as self-responsibility and freedom of choice. 

I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for many years. This, coupled with my own LGBTQ+ identity, gives me a passion and respect for Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). I previously did mental health research exploring how we know whether people benefit from therapy, the stories people tell about their lives, and the Recovery Approach. I have delivered psycho-educational groups on “shame”, supported older people in their homes, and worked with people with a wide range of diagnoses, including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.


  • PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
  • MSc Experimental Psychology – University of Sussex
  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy Qualification – King’s College London
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
  • BA (Hons) Classics – University of Oxford

Other professional development

  • Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
  • LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
  • HIV Awareness
  • Suicide intervention (ASIST and SafeTALK)
  • Working at Relational Depth
  • Working Therapeutically with Sand Trays
  • Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression
  • Peer Mentoring & Personal Development

Areas of interest 

I welcome all experiences, from depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, to trauma and physical or emotional abuse, to work and relationship difficulties. Particular interests include:

Identity – Affirming and exploring confusion or changes in sexuality, gender, age, relationship diversity, or cultural and spiritual identity.

Intimate relationships – Including conflict, abuse, stuckness, and separation in a diverse range of relationships types and styles (polyamorous, open, monogamous, friendships, family).

Needs – Responding to our needs, putting ourselves or others first, particularly understanding, expressing and responding to our emotions.

Improvisation – Being present and creative in our moment-to-moment responses (I have a background in classical and folk music).

Language – The stories we tell about ourselves, and how the words we use change our experience of ourselves, others and the world.

Loss – Not only the complex emotions following a bereavement, but also loss of the past, a career, a relationship, a role (e.g. mother), or part of yourself.

Availability and timings

Sessions are available most weekday afternoons and evenings.

Sessions last 50 minutes and require a commitment to meet weekly. We can decide on shorter-term counselling (e.g. 6, 12 or 24 sessions) or longer-term psychotherapy. I currently only offer therapy to individuals aged 18 years or older.

I have a one-week cancellation notice period, although I am happy to be flexible in looking for an alternative time if you want to reschedule.


A quiet and private therapy room in Hove (BN3) with wheelchair access. Online sessions are also possible via Skype.


Individual therapy: From £60 per 50-minute session.

Our initial 50-minute consultation is charged at £30. It is an opportunity for us to explore what you are going through, what brings you to therapy, how therapy and my approach work, your hopes for therapy, and whether it feels like a good fit to work together.

Getting in touch


Phone: 07834 537441 (texts welcome)