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Welcome! I am a very experienced counselling psychotherapist with over many thousands of counselling practice hours. I have worked in private practice since 1999. I am also an experienced couple's therapist, trained by Relate in the late 90's/early 2000's and have seen several thousand couples during the course of my practice.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of your ability to work through your presenting issues. I am very easy to talk to and will make you feel relaxed and comfortable enough to explore your issues in confidence. I am warm, empathic and challenging where necessary. I am a reflective practitioner and regularly update my own skills/expertise and improve upon my own personal development so that I can be even more effective as a counselling practitioner.
I am Registered with the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2013) and I am a Registrant of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy 2009). I am Accredited in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Practitioner (EMDR, 2012); a Registered Hypno-Psychotherapist (2004), and Registered with the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC, 2010). I have been a MBACP member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy since 1999. I am also a trained Supervisor and have a Diploma in Clinical Caswork Supervision (2002). I have a degree in Psychology (2001).
I have trained in levels 1 and 1 in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, 2010).
II have a full CRB check.
WHAT DO I SPECIALISE IN?
I work with a range of issues including:- relationship issues, both oppositve and same sex couple counselling, domestic violence and/or safety issues, symptoms of post traumatic stress and trauma; bereavement/grief & loss; depression/low mood; poor confidence and low self-esteem; trust issues, infidelity and betrayals; anger management, parenting and second/conjoined families; (psycho) sexual related issues including sex addiction, confusion around sexual orientation; separation & divorce; stress & work-based stress; anxiety including social anxiety, pain management & preparation for labour; loss of direction/meaning in life, career and life stage transitions, retirement, and ageing, redundancy & the empty nest syndrome.
I am an EMDR practitioner/ trauma based symptoms including road traffic accidents; accidents within the workplace; aftermath of a suicide; grief and loss, victims of crime; victims of child sexual abuse and sexual assault.
In accordance to your unique needs I can integrate a combination of Hypnosis and EMDR treatment as an adjunct to your therapy. This may include work around pain management, symptoms of IBS, psycho-sexually related pain; phobias and fears; addictions/compulsions, (e.g smoking, over or under eating, addiction to pornography or sex addition, gambling, nail-biting, fear of wasps/spiders etc.).
Relationship issues are a common cause of emotional distress. A solid understanding of why difficulties arise can be very beneficial in getting a relationship back on track.
I have been formally trained by Relate as a Couple's Counsellor and offer one hour weekly sessions to couples in need to address issues within their relationship.
I also offer intensive one and two day Couple's therapy for you and your partner. These days are tailored to support you as a couple in this process of change.
Workshops on relationship counselling
I run half day workshops for people who are trying to get over a broken heart and find they are repeating patterns of behaviour within relationships. If you are interested in attending, please email me for further details.
I am a:-
WHAT IS MY AIM?
Working alongside you, my aim is to put you at ease, providing a confidential and contained environment for you to discuss your issues openly without judgement.
I strive towards the provision of a safe, (yet challenging), non-judgmental, (yet congruent), therapeutic treatment, which will hopefully be mutually maintained between us.
To facilitate the process of self-acceptance and enable change to take place, I also honour the healing power of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
By formulating your realistic goals and exploring your thoughts, values, feelings and behaviours, I encourage you to be yourself and explain what is troubling you most at this time. The overall intention is to help you to help yourself and to enhance your mental health & personal well-being.
WHAT SUPERVISION DO I HAVE?
As part of working ethically and within the confines of the Code of Ethics I adhere to, I have regular ongoing supervision with three separate supervisors:- (a trained Hypno/Psychotherapist, a NHS Clinical Psychotherapist/Sex Therapist;an EMDR Consultant/Psychologist)
DO I OFFER SUPERVISION?
i am a qualified supervisor and offer supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors.
WHAT DOES THERAPY OFFER YOU?
People generally seek out psychotherapy with a need to alleviate some current, on-going stressor, change behaviour and/or to address the root of a problem. The therapy will essentially assess where you are now in relation to what you want to achieve, formulate specific and realistic goals, and facilitate the process of you achieving these goals, finding a more satisfying pathway. The aim is to to put you (the client) in touch with yourself so that you can make necessary changes and work towards a process of self-empowerment. I consider that the therapist is responsible to you and not for you.
MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY IS:-
Respect, compassion, patience, empathy and appropriate challenge to aid personal awareness are running themes throughout my work. I encourage you to determine the direction of therapy, putting you at the centre of therapeutic encounter.
WHO I AM?
I am an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist which means I use a combination of approaches that best suit your needs.
My main approaches to the therapeutic process include person centred, psycho-dynamic, systemic, E.M.D.R. and Hypnosis, some of which may be integrated into the therapeutic treatment as appropriate, and with your informed consent.
I began my training in 1997 and qualified as a person-centred counsellor in 1999. I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings including:-
MY PATHWAY INTO COUNSELLING/PSYCHOTHERAPY
During the late 1980's to mid 1990's I was employed as a p/t Lecturer in several Further & Higher Education teaching establishments where I taught Business & Management Studies and Leisure & Tourism & Sports Management. From this I developed an interest in working with some of the emotional needs of students. I think this is where the seed for entering into the psychotherapy and counselling arena first originated. I also believe that therapeutic counselling is a psycho-educative process.
After qualifying as a person-centred counsellor in 1999, I developed further interest in how client's presenting issue(s) impact on other family members, particularly in couple relationships, and began my training in Couple and Relationship Counselling (opposite and same sex) with Relate in 1999 where I worked until early 2004.
My background in psychodynamic theory has informed me of the importance the subconscious plays in our behaviour and habits. My developed interest in the subconscious encouraged me to train as a HYPNO/ PSYCHOTHERAPIST in 2003.
In 2010 and 2011, I trained and incorporated a psychotherapeutic technique known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) into my practice. I am now an accredited EMDR therapist with the EMDR Association (Ireland & UK).
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION
Prior to commencing the therapeutic process, you are asked that you attend an initial consultation (first session). This will last up to 60 minutes. There is a fee for this. (Please refer to my fees). The aim of the initial consultation is to :
EXPERIENCE OF LIVING ABROAD
I have experienced living in France & speak reasonable French. I have an appreciation of the French culture and understand the French language far better than I can speak it !
MY THERAPY ROOM
I work from a comfortable, spacious, well equipped dedicated counselling room which is situated inside my home. The room is easily accessed being to your immediate left upon entry. The room has plenty natural light. There is artifical recessed lights, dimmer controlled. All windows have adjustable blinds. It is central heated with an added flame effect gas fire. There is easy access to a washroom facility and parking spaces closeby.
I do not have a waiting room and therefore ask that you do not arrive early for your appointment.
There are no stairs to negotiate.
There is usually sufficient DISABLED access to the counselling room.
The bathroom facilities are not suitable for disabled access in a wheelchair.
Ageing and mid-life crisis and life transitions.
Separation/Divorce and impact on family system
Work/Home life balance
Confusion around sexual orientation
Raising low mood.
Counselling for the elderly.
|loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
witness to violence
victims of violent crimes
anxiety or panic
post traumatic stress
brooding or worrying
A receipt will be provided once your therapy sessions have come to an end and is usually sent to you via email.
WHAT IS EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapeutic procedure that originated during the '80's in the United States, designed to treat traumatic or dysfunctional memories and experiences, and their psychological consequences. In addition, it is now used for a variety of symptoms including bullying, harassment, accidents, victimisations, grief, anxiety, panic disorders, pain, sexual dysfunction and a wide range of experientially based disorders. It is a recommended treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, (NICE).
EMDR may be used as a stand alone treatment by itself, and/or or as an adjunctive therapy alongside "talking therapy" and/or hypnosis.
One unusual element in EMDR is bilateral stimulation, usually in the form of eye movements, or bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation. There is a great deal of evidence that bilateral stimulation speeds up the reprocessing of disturbing emotional or traumatic material, and at the same time helps you, the client, feel safer in making contact with traumatic material. A number of replicated research trials have demonstrated that eye movements reduce the vividness of emotional and traumatic imagery. It is believed that the eye movements induced in EMDR, mirror the natural eye movement process that occurs in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep, during which information is processed naturally.
An EMDR therapist should always firstly carry out a careful psychological assessment of whether EMDR would be suitable for the problem (s) presented, and will elicit a memory representing the problem. You will be asked for a picture that represents the memory, a negative belief that you have about yourself in relation to the memory, and to notice associated physical sensations. Thereafter, a number of sets of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation are commenced, and after each set of eye movements the therapist will ask you what you have noticed. Typically, the images, emotions, and sensations experienced change through this process. At some point these changes become more positive and adaptive as you reprocess old dysfunctional information and connect with presently held adaptive and functional information. The aim is always to enable you to recollect the original traumatic material without disturbance and to have new and more adaptive beliefs about themselves in relation to the experience.
With "simple" or "one off" small "t" traumas EMDR can be remarkably rapid in its effects. More "complex" big "T" trauma, and/or multiple trauma treatment can take much longer.
Many insurance providers that cover standard counselling & psychotherapy, also cover EMDR services. Please contact your insurance carrier for further information.
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Available 9 am until 9 pm Monday to Thurs and Friday mornings. You can book a session online if you prefer by going directly to my website www.karenhodgson.com
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