Dawn McGregor, Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor
6 Sharmans Road
As a therapist I provide a caring and safe place to help you explore your life difficulty. Confidential, professional support in a space where you will be respected, listened to and importantly heard. A time for you to be able to re-evaluate and share with me what maybe causing you distress. I believe that healing is a process that we can all access and aim to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing you emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. I faithfully support a person to develop as an individual.
Life difficulties can be isolating and unhappy experiences. You may feel persistently emotionally troubled; have a feeling of emptiness or numbness, lack of meaning, struggle to say 'no' to others, have depression or anxiety. Maybe you have difficulties with relating to others, either personally or in your working life. You may not 'feel' or be living your entitlement to a better life. Perhaps you have been told that you are 'too sensitive' or maybe you feel deeply misunderstood, feel shame and or strongly criticise yourself. Perhaps you have unpredictable mood swings are sensitive to criticism and rejection or perhaps emotionally over-react to situations. Maybe you are repeatedly drawn to the same type of partner/ relationship over and over and do not have your own needs attended to. Do you experience Self sabotaging behaviours? have suicidal thoughts, self harm? Perhaps you are finding it hard to come to terms with a life changing experience, for example bereavement, divorce, separation or occupation loss. You may have concerns about your emotional life or feel frustrated and unfulfilled. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to cope with other losses and suffer from deprivations from your past; or with difficult, perhaps abusive, relationships.
I understand that taking the first steps in looking after yourself is not easy. I will discuss your concerns with you and help you to gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes. I will focus on you and listen without judging or criticising you and help guide you to find out about how you can deal with your problems. I will help you to find out about and get to know who you are and why you feel as you do. My analysis is based on the understanding that we have a deep urge to be true to ourselves and give expression to our individuality. I will assist change or help find suitable coping methods to strengthen a person's ability to work through life difficulties and make choices; freeing up repetitive and stuck ways of coping with life, to bring about more fulfilment, joy, success, meaning and open engagement with ourselves, life and interpersonal relationships.
Whatever your reason for considering you counselling and psychotherapy, it can be an amazing experience that helps you move forward to where you would like to be in life. Finding the right therapist for ‘you’ is so important. The therapeutic relationship is of the uppermost importance to me. I offer a free 30 minute consultation (either face to face or over the telephone) to help you find out if you feel comfortable with me, share what troubles you, ask questions and explore how therapy can work for you. Creating an atmosphere where my clients can feel safe, cared for, respected and valued is my priority.
I provide psychotherapy and counselling for adults, couples and young people. I have experience across a range of issues (listed below) and specialise in working with the disruption and pain of relationship failure. I have my own private practice but have previously worked for the National Health Service and for two different counselling charity organisations.
- Relationship issues
- Affairs and Betrayal
- Unresolved Childhood issues
- Separation and Divorce
- Developmental Trauma
- Sexual Abuse
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Relational / family issues
- Self Harm
- Difficulty Expressing or Managing feelings
- Anger and anxiety
- Sexuality and gender issues
- Feeling 'stuck' and looking for direction
- Support through a life difficulty
My private practice is located in easy reach of Fordham, Ely, Soham, Isleham, Burwell, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and surrounding villages.
Please call me on: 07736 390051
Please visit my website for more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
My integrative approach to psychotherapy allows me to draw from a range of theoretical models and sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the client. This means I can offer a variety of ways we can work together, to get the most out of therapy for you. My influences are Psychodynamic, Jungian, Attachment theory, Object Relations, Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy, Existentialism, CBT and Transactional Analysis.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Integrative Counselling FdA Degree (Psychodynamic, Jungian, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Existential, CBT)
BA (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling
I also have qualifications in Couple Counselling and working with trauma.
I hold a diploma in Physiology and Anatomy my focus being on the connection of the mind/body. There is evidence to suggest the distress and pain that a person feels due to relationship disruptions negatively affect the health of the body. Stress produces a state of tension in the body. Normally the tension disappears when stress in relieved. However, if chronic tensions persist it can disturb emotional health, decrease energy and our capacity for pleasure. One of the modalities I implement in my practice is Gestalt therapy which encourages clients to gain self-awareness of their behaviour through the language of the body. This brings about deeper understanding of a persons experience which can help with many issues. For instance Depression's persistent low feeling, can cause physiological reactions that affect sleep regulation, self care and can make us feel very irritable. The healing of the body and mind leads to a person discovering new creative energy and meaning in their life which deepens self awareness, self-confidence, aliveness and capacity for pleasure.
The cause and effect of the disruption and pain of relationship failure can result in repression and suppression of our natural way of being (not living in a balanced way or having unfulfilled needs). This can bring about low self-esteem, susceptibility to shame, ill health, a feeling of emptiness, frustration, aggression, addiction, depression and suicidality. My integrated training in psychotherapy together with body/mind therapy and the latest findings in neuroscience work delicately yet deeply to challenge and resolve repetitive negative patterns of behaviours, thoughts and feelings.
Evidence shows that the assertion of emotions in a healthy way improves immunological function, wellbeing, quality and function of life. Deep healing comes from lasting changes on physical, emotional and behavioural levels. My work is individually tailored so a person can experience psychological change from integration and healing of the body and mind. I approach Counselling and Psychotherapy with the understanding that our emotional lives and our sense of identity (personality) are developed over a long period through relationships. The crucial developmental is in the first years of life primarily with the closest people to us in childhood. Encouraging clients to explore and talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people helps in understanding the importance of how our historical (unconscious) past experience influences current behaviour. I can help you think about and talk about your experience. Disruptions in childhood bonds/attachments from growing up in an unpredictable environment, with unreliable or chaotic parenting, abuse, feeling emotionally abandoned or neglected, feeling unsafe. These 'developmental traumas' happen when the child has no choice or even knows he/she has a choice . The lack of care and nurturing leads inability to regulate emotions which can negatively effect emotional, physiological and neurological wellbeing.
The heart of the integrative holistic approach is that ALL levels of a person’s being, their physical, psychological, spiritual aspects, their relationships and their environment are important and should not be overlooked. I will work with you to create deep and lasting change by addressing your core 'internal' emotional roots that cause the surface 'external' problems.
My Continued Professional and Personal Development has included work with Mindfulness, Sand tray therapy, Spirituality, Nutrition and Art therapy.
PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
I look forward to being with you.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
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£35 per 50 minute individual session.
£40 per session for couples.
I offer face to face counselling but recognise that not everyone is able to physically attend sessions. In respect of this skype and telephone counselling is available.
I am happy to talk on the telephone, so you can get a sense of me before we meet. Or if you prefer you can email me or text me to make a 'free' 30 minute initial appointment. Appointments available daytime, evenings and weekends.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm
Types of client