Ally Stott (UKCP)
Jericho Community Centre
33a Canal Street
07968 691 870
Transpersonal Psychotherapy A whole earth approach
Many years ago on Dartmoor whilst training to work as a psychotherapist, I experienced myself being listened to by the Moor, by the Earth. Hour after hour as I tramped the Moors with knots in my stomach and a tear-strewn face, in contact with the felt experience of the suffering, grief and despair that were unconsciously held in my body, I was shocked to realise that right there amongst the ancient granite rock forms, Chrystal ice-cold streams and wind-sculpted hawthorns, I was not alone. Not only was I not alone, I was in relationship with everything around me and everything around me was in some way responding to my presence! This wasn't the experience of ‘me’ and ‘other things’ relating to each other, this was a recognition of the singular boundless, animating, life-force presence in limitless manifestation recognising Herself over and over. What joy! Right there and then I knew belonging, I knew home.
Disarmed, excited, perplexed, in awe, this moment of recognition has over the years become integrated and embodied to become the fulcrum for the healing work that was to come. And so it is within the safety, containment and spaciousness of this non-dual therapeutic relationship that we soulfully explore, without judgement or agenda what matters to you. What we call suffering appears in many forms and has multiple textures; we may call it grief and loss, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, ecoside, relationship challenges, serious illness, dislocation. 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 portal to a greater intimacy with ourself, our true-nature and the whole circle of life.
We are not a problem to be solved. We are embodied mystery seeking to know her or his self as the unique expressions that we are. As we cease trying to run away from, override, suppress, or 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.
‘Suffering is the feeling of being separate or limited.’ Marlies Cocheret
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 about who we are. We already are what we are looking for. This process could be described as one of remembrance. As we remain open and unknowing and gently explore the layers of conditioning and experience as it appears in our embodiment, the ‘suffering’ is naturally liberated as it is met by the aware presence that is our real identity. The natural light and transparency that is our true nature finds ever more expression in all of our life. Our capacity to meet the joys and challenges of life expands, we become more of who we already are and find our true expression.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a background as an artist and love being out on the land. I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist initially training at the Karuna Institute, Devon. I have since explored Ecopsychology and studied and trained in shamanic practice with Northern Drum in Somerset. I am currently training as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Therapeutic work can take place inside or out with the land.
For many years I have worked with people living with life threatening illness this has included work for the Maggie's Cancer Care Centre in Oxford. I have co-ordinated a Counselling and Psychotherapy service for a charity supporting people living with life threatening illness and their families. Through this work I have indepth experience of supervising and training volunteers and of being alongside people when life feels uncertain and the next step is unclear.
I have a special interest in being alongside women as we embody significant transitional times in our lives. These transitional times can happen at any stage in our life and at any age. The Wise Woman lives within us all and the more we are in relationship with Her the more we live in alignment with our heart and soul. Becoming more conscious of what is actually happening as it is happening, making conscious choices and honouring what matters, grounds, strengthens and empowers us.
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 have experience of working 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.
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
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
For individuals I have a sliding scale of charges between £50 - 65 for a 60 minute session. People place themselves on this scale.
At times some concessionary places are available.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client