THERAPY, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
There are lots of different kinds of counselling and psychotherapy. Some methods will suit some people better than others.
What is Psychosynthesis Therapy?
Psychosynthesis adopts a holistic and integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, offering a broad perspective on life with special attention to the development of human potential. It is predominately a talk therapy which works with an understanding of how the mind, body and emotions relate with each other.
Psychosynthesis therapy encourages, supports and works with people in a way that is most appropriate for them.
A Flexible Approach:
Psychosynthesis brings together and integrates many principles and techniques from classical and contemporary approaches in both Eastern spirituality, and Western psychology; e.g. Jungian, Psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Existentialism, Psychodynamic. Whilst it adds its own particular models and techniques, it offers a synthesis of approaches. The beauty of this method is that it is flexible enough to adapt itself to the uniqueness of each of us as individuals.
Psychosynthesis therapy creates an opportunity for personal insight, development, creative expression, transpersonal awareness and the ability to make conscious choices in life.
A Transpersonal View:
(How you are in the world, your relationship with yourself and your connection to the rest of the world).
Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal therapy. This means that as well as addressing lifes problems on a physical, emotional and intellectual level, it also holds a spiritual (not religious) view if you would like to explore or develop this aspect of yourself.
When can Psychosynthesis Help?
Life brings many challenges and possible changes, therapy can assist at anytime;
People find they have been surviving life, rather than living it. Perhaps an ongoing feeling that life is passing them by and they are not getting the most out of it. People can feel 'stuck' in their lives, sometimes feeling unable to attain what they want. Confusion around personal identity. People might be searching for the meaning of life, a deeper purpose or a desire for a more imaginative and creative future.
At times people may experience an emotional or life crisis which may be impacting their life or they may feel that they are still affected by past traumas. Sometimes people may not feel anything at all. People feel confused as to why others are behaving a certain way towards them. People can feel as though they are too sensitive. People may feel unable to cope. Overwhelmed by thoughts or feelings; anger, shame, despair, depression, anxiety, guilt. A feeling of foreboding. Experienced a loss. Perhaps feeling alone. Problems at work and/or home; career changes, difficulty asserting themselves, relationship or sexual problems.
These are some reasons people often come to therapy to support their own individual understanding, resilience, and ability to live a more expansive rewilded life.
How it helps.
It is a powerful way for people to gain a clearer perspective on how they affect the way they live their lives and the choices they make. Compassionately reflecting on personal, family and generational patterns. Connecting to social and cultural dynamics to enable expansive and liberating choices. Bringing about a deeper relationship with themselves and others. Developing a transformative awareness to their unconscious and increasing personal identity.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Before training I managed an independent bookshop for many years; reading and sharing stories with the community was culturally and personally transformative. Working with the alchemy of stories, imagination, archetypes and myths, inspired me to delve deeper into the psyche.
I am registered with two professional bodies: an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP accred) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy Trainee (UKCP reg); I have regular clinical supervision, hold a duty of confidentiality and attend regular professional development training.
In addition to my private practice I have worked in a clinic, as well as globally facilitated and held many trainings, including Psychosynthesis, personal development and awareness, burn-out, climate change, eco-psychology, embodiment practices and conflict facilitation. I have trained at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust and The Institute of Psychosynthesis both of which run high quality training programmes for counsellors and psychotherapists.
I have experience with a range of issues including: depression, self-esteem, anxiety & stress, addictions, bereavement, panic attacks, family & relationship concerns, climate change, impact of the corona virus, career or life choices and questions of meaning and spirituality.
I hold a Certificate in Psychosynthesis Foundations, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (PGDip), I have also completed my training for an MA, and am currently writing my thesis. My qualifications are validated by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).