Ally Stott, MA (UKCP registered)
Jericho Community Centre
33a Canal Street
07968 691 870
Welcome, my practice offers a compassionately held exploration of what matters.
A Whole Earth approach to psychotherapy and counseling recognizes the interconnectedness of life, and that as human beings we are not a problem to be solved. We are embodied mystery seeking to know her or his self as we realize our full potential. As we cease trying to run away from, override, suppress, or over analyse, what we call suffering, stress or trauma, our whole body, nervous- system and heart can start to relax and re-orient to the inherent health and wisdom of Being that is always present and often concealed.
It is within the safety, containment and spaciousness of the therapeutic relationship that we can soulfully explore, without judgement or agenda what matters to you. What we call suffering appears in many forms in life; we may know it as grief and loss, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, relationship challenges, serious illness or addictions. By turning towards the felt-sense of our embodied experience in the moment in all its shades of ease and discomfort, what initially felt limited, alone and unbearable becomes a threshold to a greater intimacy with ourself, our loved ones and the whole circle of life.
There is actually very little we need to do. It is often our relentless doing that ties us up in knots of separation and confusion. We already are what we are looking for. As we remain open and unknowing and sensitively explore the layers of conditioning, the ‘suffering’ is naturally liberated. Our capacity to meet the joys and challenges of life expands, we respond to life rather than react out of fear and habit, we feel more resourced and know a firmer ground beneath our feet.
Psychotherapy and Counseling with me can take place inside the therapy room or outside on the land. Outdoor therapy is often referred to as nature therapy, and the numerous benefits to our physical and mental health from reconnecting to nature and the seasonal changes are well documented.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a transpersonal, integrative, mindfulness based approach. My work is informed by Ecopsychology and I have recently qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist. Through my craniosacral therapy work I have deepened my knowledge and understanding of how our pre and perinatal experiences (our time in the womb and birth experiences) impact our life and relationships as adults when they remain unexplored. I bring a trauma-sensitive approach to my work.
For many years I have worked with people living with life threatening illness this has included being part of the team at the Maggie's Cancer Care Center in Oxford. I have co-ordinated a Counseling and Psychotherapy service for a charity supporting people living with life threatening illness and their families. Through this work I have in-depth experience of supervising and training volunteers and of being alongside people when life feels uncertain and the next step is unclear.
I work therapeutically outside in nature with individuals and groups. This can be as simple as walking, sitting and talking, and can include a deeper exploration of our interconnectedness with the earth and the elements. I have a particular interest in being alongside women through transitional times in our lives. These transitions can happen at any stage or age in our life.
For over 20 years I have been engaged in meditation practice; this contemplative, embodied approach is woven through my work and informs the day-long retreats and workshops that I regularly run. As a foster carer I am trained and work with matters around attachment, loss and healing.
My work is carried out within the ethical framework of UKCP. I am CRB checked and my therapy practice is fully insured and supervised.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counseling and Psychotherapy outdoors
For individuals I have a sliding scale between £50 - 65 for a 60 minute session. People place themselves on this scale.
At times some concessionary places are available, please contact me to discuss.
Along-side the work described above I have a particular interest in the Spiritual Accompaniment branch of my work. For further information see my website www.Allystott.co.uk.
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