Brenda Mcauliffe

Brenda Mcauliffe

91A Coleraine Road
Blackheath
London
SE3 7PF

020 8858 5969

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91A Coleraine Road
Blackheath
London
SE3 7PF

020 8858 5969

About me

I am a BACP accredited Holistic and Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist. Integrative means that I can work with different models to suit my client.

MODELS I WORK WITH;

CBT - PSYCHODYNAMIC - PSYCHOANALYSIS - PERSON CENTRED

Located in Blackheath I am available 5 days a week. I offer the full counselling hour of 60 minutes sessions and concessions are available for those unable to pay the full fee. I have over 20 years experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I work with clients: one-to-one, and I also offer one-to-one supervision. Counselling takes place in a warm, friendly confidential space.

The foundation of my counselling work is empathy. Creating a positive and empathic relationship with my client in my experience engenders an energy for healing and transformation of the issues they bring to counselling. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works on changing external patterns of behaviour and identifying them which has its place in therapy as often a client's stuckness needs to be shifted by an outer change in behaviour. The client will then be encouraged to identify their response to a certain problem and given a suggested change of behaviour to bring about a positive rather than a negative result in a given situation. Such external changes are helpful if at the same time the client's deep underlying unconscious pattern is brought to consciousness with psychoanalysis (exploration) then there can be a life long shift in the client's orientation to their problem.

I have found working with Jungian Psychoanalysis is the most helpful approach for those clients that have long term anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Many clients come to counselling with a sense of guilt and a feeling of shame. Jungian Psychoanalysis works in depth uncovering through the relationship of counsellor and client that which lies buried within the client because of this sense of guilt and shame.

WHAT LIES HIDDEN - EXPLORATION

As a Jungian counsellor I explore my client's dreams which uncover their unconscious fears and desires. When working to reconnect them to the symbols that are ever present in their unconscious and conscious lives the client can begin to release a wealth of untapped positive and negative energy. When energy from the unconscious comes to consciousness the client is able to see more clearly past patterns of childhood which were formerly hidden. Exploring these patterns together whether unearthed from dreams or brought to the session as memories or more immediate life events means that the client can understand and feel from where their present problems originate. Together we can sensitively unravel at my client's pace the root cause of their immediate problem. The freedom of releasing from childhood patterns can awaken the intuitive and instinctual nature and most importantly the love for themselves which was formerly buried in childhood. Now the client's power and self confidence begins to come alive.

MORE ABOUT PATTERNS OF CONDITIONING;

Our childhood conditioning can often result in negative behavioural patterns which can also have physical symptoms e.g headaches, skin disorders and more severe symptoms. These disruptive patterns of which we have no awareness can spill into our every day life disturbing and breaking down our relationships with our loved ones, friends and work colleagues. As an experienced counsellor I have found it is quite possible to change these patterns when they are explored in a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.

CREATIVITY - WHAT NEEDS TO BE LIVED

On this exciting journey into the client's unknown world the client begins to connect to what belongs to them. Their loves: writing, music, poetry, singing, dancing whatever was once loved in childhood and now covered up by a sense of worthlessness. The client's creativity connects them to their individuality which brings them to the love of themselves.

INDIVIDUATION - TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR;

When the client begins to live their creativity in whichever form it takes they are taking a step to freedom. Freedom from not having to fit in, to please, to have to be one of the crowd. To be an individual means the client has the courage to follow their own path. To live your vices and your virtues because they belong to you and they are unique. When in the counselling process the client begins to trust their intuition and their instincts they have access to their powers of discrimination and integrity and a love of themselves.

DISCRIMINATION AND INTEGRITY;

It is a natural step of the client being themselves that they begin to trust their integrity, their judgement and discriminate as to what is and what is not acceptable, to discern one thing from another to begin to identify what they see, hear, smell and know. In fact the client begins to mature. Remember this is always a journey to love of self.

BEING REAL IS A WAY OF LOVING:

I am aware from my experience as a yoga and Alexander Technique teacher it is necessary for my clients to feel centred in themselves, whole and aligned to their true nature - to their REAL SELF. When forming a positive relationship to feelings my client can feel and listen within to their deepest desires. When we learn to love who we truly are we can bring this love into our relationships and into life. My aim is to help my client to connect to their REAL SELF from where they can feel empowered to make the changes they wish to make and live the life they want to live.

Recovering and prizing the neglected aspects of ourselves buried in the unconscious can be a rich, rewarding and loving experience in our journey to wholeness and above all the love of self.

MY THERAPEUTIC AIM ABOVE ALL IS TO HELP YOU LIVE OUT WHO YOU TRULY ARE.

Some of the areas of therapy I work in:

  • depression
  • bereavement
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • relationship problems
  • couple counselling
  • addiction
  • low self-esteem
  • self-harm
  • phobias
  • and psychophysical disorders.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced, qualified and accredited member of the BACP. I am a member of the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling. I am also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

I lead groups of women walking in nature as a part of my current focus and interest on the feminine and social change.

I trained as an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist and work sensitively with a variety of models to suit my clients.

My training spans over a period of 20 years. I have had counselling experience in the NHS as well as many years in private practise.

Qualified in Humanistic therapy - Person-Centred - Cognitive Behavioural - Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy - Gestalt - Psychodynamic - Transpersonal.

TRAINING COURSES:

Spiritual Care at RIGPA (Buddhist Foundation) - Bereavement Counselling (Eleanor Foundation) - Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Sex Abuse (Family Matters) - Couple Counselling - Stress Management (Alexander Technique) - Jungian Dreamwork (Jungian Dream Group) - Yoga and Meditation (Practising Yoga and Meditation teachers)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Fees

Individual Counselling                     £50                      
Individual Supervision                     £50
Couple Counselling                         £60

Further information

No problem is too small or to big so please do not hesitate to contact me regarding booking an introductory session. You are only committed to the appointment you book.

Maps & Directions

Blackheath, SE3 7PF

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

weekdays 9am to 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples