Elizabeth Clarke at E. C.Therapy
01625 574943 / 07775944926
Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapy. A safe, confidential space to explore how to bring about the changes you need.
Sometimes we need a little help. Happiness, confidence, positive motivation and that sense of inner calm can be some of the things we long for but if our underlying issues are working unconsciously to prevent us from experiencing what we want for then nothing will change. Working with a counsellor or psychotherapist can help to uncover your underlying issues and free you to make different choices for yourself.
Psychosynthesis psychotherapy and counselling is grounded in a traditional psychology and includes a model for exploring and understanding our deeper self. As a Psychosynthesis therapist I work with established methods of talking and reflecting and include imagework and body sensing to support you in finding your way through.
Counselling or psychotherapy sessions are for an hour and are held weekly.
I began training as a counsellor and psychotherapist in the late 90’s whilst working in a large multi national company. During my time with them I managed major purchasing contracts and developed an accredited training programme for purchasing professionals in partnership with Warwick University. Moving into the field of organisational change I worked with individuals and groups facing restructuring and redundancy.
I chose to train in Psychosynthesis because the training offered traditional psychological theory and practice as well as a model of consciousness that included a spiritual context. This can be particularly useful in todays world where people are taking responsibility for their own spiritual journey. It also offers a way of understanding how we can be hurt by spiritual ideas that judge us unfairly.
I have been in private practice since 2001 and for 3 years I specialised in working with women who had experienced domestic abuse. I remain very interested by the power dynamic in relationships and still work in the field from time to time.
In 2009 I decided to go back to school and study clinical hypnosis. I began to include these techniques in my practice in 2010. Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for phobias, anxiety, weight gain, smoking cessation and physical ailments that stem from a disturbance in the autonomic functions of the body.
In addition to my private practice I run workshops, groups, team days, labyrinth walks and psychological programmes.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Psychotherapy
PGDip in Psychsynthesis Psychotherapy
PGDip in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificates in Body Psychotherapy
CPPD in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Supervision
UKCP, United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists
APP, Association of Psychospiritual Psychotherapists
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of meaning or direction in life, that sense of not knowing who you are anymore or what to do next.
Group work - therapeutic work within a group enables you to learn from others as well as to process your own issues.
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Psychosexual therapy
£40 per 1 hour session for both therapy and supervision
For trainee or practicing counsellors, psychotherapist, hypnotherapists or anyone working psychologically with individuals or groups. Supervision can be taken individually or in groups of two or three. It is a requirement for all practitioners registered with a professional registering body such as UKCP or BACP and is an essential resource for learning and maintaining a healthy perspective. It is intended to be a positive experience in a supportive and learning environment.
External supervision can be of enormous benefit to people working in the care, support, public safety and health organisations. These fields can exert huge emotional and mental pressures over time that can raise stress levels and contribute to long absences through sickness or even breakdown.
Supervision allows for personal space to process issues and so avoid stress levels building to harmful levels. Supervision in this context can be for individuals or groups, natural working teams or multi discipline teams. My experience to date is with groups and individuals in health, housing, education, the police force, domestic violence organisations and palliative care.
Labyrinths for workshops and walks, for meditation, creative inspiration.
Why walk a labyrinth?
A gentle, reflective walk on a labyrinth is a wonderful way to quiet the mind, relax and allow your natural creative energy to flow. The meandering pattern helps to disengage the logical thought processes giving time and space for abstract ideas and insight to develop. The labyrinth is often referred to as an archetype, a universal pattern that engenders healing and transformation. The walk can be a metaphor for your personal journey through life so whatever comes to you, irritates or delights you as you walk, will have some meaning to offer.
In today’s world walking the labyrinth is being used in many diverse settings, in hospitals, prisons, schools, churches and other sacred spaces. Amongst other things it is used to help people suffering from stress, trauma and feelings of alienation or depression. It is also being used increasingly in the business world as a creative and inspirational tool for change.
Perhaps if you looked at the labyrinth pictured above you might think of a maze but they are very different. A labyrinth has one winding pathway that takes you to the centre and back out again, a maze has dead ends and high sides. There are no dead ends in a labyrinth and it’s designed to help you find yourself rather than get you lost. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth you may want to walk quickly or slowly and you may need to pass someone else on the path. The centre of the labyrinth is sometimes called the rose and people often spend time there in quiet reflection before beginning the return journey. Just follow your intuitive sense with whatever feels right for you.
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern that has found expression through belief systems and religions all over the world emerging in different forms and cultures through time. They have been found on pottery and tiles that date back to 2000 BC. During the middle ages they were incorporated into churches and cathedrals symbolizing the idea of pilgrimage or sacred journey. The most famous of these is the stone labyrinth set into the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France.
If you are interested to know more about labyrinths or want to know where you can find them please don't hesitate to contact me.
The walk featured here took place at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. If you would like to see when I am next there with my labyrinth you can email me or look on
Maps & Directions
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I currently have availability at 7.30am on Monday and Tuesday and some appointments through the day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday