Brent Black

Specialist Addiction Counsellor
Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg
Metro, London Dip. Drug & Addiction Studies; King’s College, London Cert. Identification & Management of Substance Related-Disorders; UNISA
Mobile Number: 083 471 7865
Email Address: brent@brentblack.org
Address:
17 Bellewan Road, Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

I first began my work as a counsellor under the guidance and supervision of David Stuart - a pioneer figure in the development of several essential - and hugely successful - support services in London. My involvement in his various initiatives were instrumental in the development of my skills, as I offered counselling services that, across the various initiatives, involved helping those with struggles that include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Gender/Sexual Identity
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Worth
  • Intimacy/Connection
  • Social Well-Being
  • Relationships

I then went on to work for another London-based charity where my work as a counsellor was outreach-based and focused on youth services and community awareness-raising - particularly in relation to issues around equality, diversity and emotional well-being.

In 2017, I began counselling full-time, taking on the roles of manager, addiction counsellor and programme co ordinator at an inpatient drug & alcohol rehabilitation facility. Implementing and running the therapeutic programme in its entirety, and the added challenge of working in an intensive group environment, was something which I found to be a challenge, but, ultimately incredibly fulfilling. I did, however, have a strong urge to work more intensively with individuals on a one-on-one basis and help them maintain their recovery - post-discharge - so made the decision to move into private practice.

My counselling is grounded in a client-centred approach. Humanistic in nature, my counselling focuses primarily on the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than on how I interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas. I empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles by holding them in unconditional positive regard and demonstrating belief in their capacity to piece together their own solutions to their struggles. I have an innate ability to guide clients in an empathetic manner, facilitating a judgement-free space for them to process their struggles and begin working towards recovery and healing

I have been awarded the following qualifications:

  • MA (cum laude) [Birkbeck College, Uni. of London]
  • BA (Hons) [Uni of the Arts, London]
  • Cert. Basic Counselling Skills
  • Cert. Understanding Drugs and Addiction
  • Cert. Identification & Management of Substance-Related Disorders

The following qualifications are in progress:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology [Open University, UK}
  • Cert. Advanced Addiction Counsellor [ACCSA, SA}