Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. BA (Hons) (Bacp Reg)
Bury St. Edmunds
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 freely show and share with me what maybe causing you distress. I passionately 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. Helping a person's ability to work through the suffering to find future vision, solutions and make choices. I feel fortunate to sit alongside individuals and help them find knowledge, insight and freedom from the weight of life problems.
I understand how life difficulties can be isolating and unhappy experiences. You may feel persistently emotionally troubled and have nowhere to turn; have a feeling of emptiness or numbness, lack of meaning, lack of motivation and hopeless feelings. Do you struggle to say ‘no’ to others or feel guilt when you have done nothing wrong, have depression or chronic anxiety and restlessness? 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 feel rejected by others or perhaps emotionally over-react to situations. Maybe you are repeatedly drawn to the same type of partner/ relationship over and over whilst not having your own needs attended to.
Do you experience Self sabotaging behaviours? have suicidal thoughts, self harm? Feel isolated and alienated by others? 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. Stress and worry can also negatively affect sleep patterns, causing tiredness, aches and pains, irritability and other wellbeing issues.
How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help?
Working with the importance of a person's thoughts, feelings and experience accesses deeper understanding of oneself and in return in understanding others too. Gaining insight into the underlying reasons for your difficulties, can help you to discover more positive ways of coping in the future. Emotional pain often has roots in developmental and attachment injuries from our childhood. These lost parts of life can affect later life relationships and other wellbeing problems. I cannot change the past but I can help a person reclaim and construct it in a different way in the present. Improving health and how a person deals with and relates to situations now and in the future. I will share my knowledge along this transforming journey, to help you discover your importance and creative energy filled with deepened self awareness, self-confidence, aliveness and capacity for pleasure. This enables a full real life to be shaped, filled with joy, success and personal meaning.
I provide integrative psychotherapy and counselling for adults, couples and young people. My training and experience works with a wide range of difficulties and issues (listed below). I have my own private practice (Butterfly Counselling and Psychotherapy) and 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/ Emotional Intensity Disorder
- Relational / family issues
- Sleep issues
- Self Harm
- Difficulty Expressing or Managing feelings
- Anger and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling 'stuck' and looking for direction
- Support through a life difficulty
My private practice 'Butterfly Counselling and Psychotherapy' is located in easy reach of Fordham, Ely, Soham, Isleham, Burwell, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and surrounding villages.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Integrative Counselling FdA Degree
BA (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling
Certificates in Couple Counselling
Certificate in working with trauma.
My Professional and Personal Development has included work with Mindfulness, Sand tray therapy, Spirituality, Nutrition, Spirituality and Art therapy, Diploma in Physiology and Anatomy. My education in these fields compliments integrative psychotherapy which frequently works with all of the dimensions of a person's life. The heart of this being that 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. Suppression and repression of our natural way of being (not living in a balanced way or having unfulfilled needs) can lead to many wellbeing issues.
If you have ever felt ‘stuck’ in a talking therapy it may be worth exploring the alternatives that an integrative way of working can offer. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the client which means I offer a variety of ways we can work together, to get the most out of therapy for you. My influences are Humanistic, Jungian, Attachment & Developmental Theories. I also implement Psychodynamic, Existential, Gestalt skills Transactional Analysis and C.B.T in my work. I provide the optional use of art materials and sand tray so your counselling experience need not be limited to talking therapies alone. I also work with 'dreams' as similarly this way of working can be revealing and promote insightful awareness.
I resonate with the belief of the world famous psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who stated that 'first and foremost, he accepts and respects his patient, warts and all, as a fellow human being in trouble and that his over-riding concern is to promote his patients welfare by all means at his disposal". (Bowlby, 1989).
I look forward to being with you.
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
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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£35 per 60 minute individual session.
£40 per session for couples.
Whatever your reason for considering counselling and psychotherapy, it can be an amazing experience that helps you move forward to where you would like to be in life. I understand that taking the first steps to looking after yourself and entering into counselling is not easy. Finding the right therapist for ‘you’ is so important; you should feel a sense of trust, rapport and be able to communicate with your therapist. The therapeutic relationship is of the uppermost importance to me and I therefore 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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Saturday daytime and evening availability
Types of client