My Brighton: Sheila Auguste

January 31, 2018

Relationship counsellor

 

 

  

 Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

 

 

Are you local?

 

I consider myself to be local now because I’ve lived here for 20 years, but I was born and brought up in East London. I managed bookshops for ten years, then I moved here in 1997. I’d been thinking that I wanted to get out of London and one day, when I was on my way to work, I had this vision. I saw myself walking along the seafront, really, really happy. Two weeks later I said to my friend, ‘I’m moving to Brighton’.

 

What does your job involve?

 

I’m a psychosexual therapist as well as a relationship counsellor. I have a private practice and I also work at Relate, near Preston Park. I’ve worked there for over ten years now. I work with a cross-section of Brighton’s diverse population, so all sexualities, different ethnicities, all ages, couples and single people. Helping people work through their relationship difficulties is a privilege and very satisfying. Every day is different, which makes it such a great job.

 

What led you into that line of work?

 

I’ve always been really interested in doing therapy. When I first moved here I kept sending off for the University prospectus, then Relate had an open day and that’s what got me started. As a young person all my friends always told me their ‘stuff’ and in any job that I’ve done, I’ve always preferred the one-to-one aspects and listening. I think it’s always been my thing... [read more]

 

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

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