Erica Briscoe

Hello, I’m Erica.

I work as a full-time counsellor.

For me, the therapeutic process is about much more than ‘getting rid of a problem’; it is about growth and freedom. When we are well, our relationships with ourselves and with others are open and flexible; we can express who we are through our work and our creativity; we can balance our emotional, intellectual and physical responses to the world around us and we can make meaning of our experience.

I have worked with a wide range of issues, from depression and anxiety to loss and isolation. I have particular experience of working with people managing difficult family relationships. I am also especially interested in working with the body to help people regulate troubling or overwhelming feelings and find ways to let go of recurring negative patterns.

In addition to working at Cambridge Counselling Service, I maintain my own private practice in Cambridge.

Erica Briscoe – background

My background is primarily academic. I studied English Literature at Cambridge and have a BA, an MA and a PhD in this field. Early in my career, I taught at university level and later worked in publishing.

I started my therapy training in 2009 at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London. I graduated with their Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling in 2012 and their Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling in 2014.

Psychosynthesis Psychology holds a spiritual context for psychological practice. Broadly speaking, this means that my work takes place on two levels. On the one hand, I seek to help clients towards greater psychological and emotional integration; this is personal synthesis. At the same time, in holding the holistic context that each of us is a part of the larger fabric of universal life, I aim to help people to see ‘outside themselves’ in order to connect more deeply with others and with the world around them. Our wholeness and wellbeing depends upon this balance between the personal and the ‘more than personal’, whatever shape that might take for each of us. If we can feel connected in these ways, we can experience not only psychological health, but a more fundamental sense of ease and fulfilment; we can live with purpose and meaning.

‘I work at depth with my clients. Together, we explore all levels of their experience – from thoughts and feelings to sexuality and creativity. We look at areas where they feel stuck and work to find expression for what may be overlooked or buried. I sometimes use dreams, guided meditation and the body to help people connect with these aspects of themselves.’

I am an Accredited Counselling Member of APP (Association of Psychospiritual Practitioners) and abide by their Code of Ethics.

I am also bound by UKCP’s Ethical Framework and subject to the UKCP professional conduct procedure.

I am available for appointments: Monday evening, Wednesday day time and evening, Thursday day time and evening and Friday morning.

Erica Briscoe

BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Cantab) English Lit., Dip. Psychosynthesis Counselling, Dip. Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling.