Doris Prugel-Bennett MSc, UKCP, Psycho-physical, creative methods, Supervisor

Doris Prugel-Bennett MSc, UKCP, Psycho-physical, creative methods, Supervisor

The Romney Centre
61 The Avenue
SO17 1XS


07817 40 91 92

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The Romney Centre
61 The Avenue
SO17 1XS


07817 40 91 92

About me

For 20 years I have worked with individuals and groups and offer brief and long-term psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. I welcome my clients into a friendly, safe and strictly confidential environment. Both verbal as well as non-verbal communication is welcome. I listen to each person's story non-judgementally and compassionately with the aim to help people to express, understand and process their issues. 

I am experienced in working with many issues and have facilitated development, change and learning for many people on psychological, emotional, physical and behavioural levels. I work in private practice in one-to-one and group settings. I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and a STAT registered teacher of the Alexander Technique. I have worked in psychological services in the NHS and work frequently alongside NHS settings in the mental and physical health sector. I offer various approaches such as talking as well as creative methods. I welcome the psycho-physical self of each client to be present in the therapeutic process.

My work is grounded in the humanistic tradition, in particular in the theory and practice of F. M. Alexander (Alexander Technique) and J. L. Moreno (Psychodrama). Each client is accompanied in their individual process. My work includes working with clients who have difficulties in relationships, experienced physical or emotional trauma, domestic violence. I work with people who present with mental health formulations, personality disorders such as OCD, narcissistic personality disorder or family of people who suffer from that condition. I also work with depression, anxiety, body dysphoria, and LGBT. I accompany people therapeutically who experience life changing conditions, after medical diagnosis, accident, surgery, miscarriage, or the diagnosis of neurological conditions such as Dystonia. I work with clients who present with psycho-physical issues such as lack of self-esteem, or  self-harm. I also accompany pregnant women and their families through pregnancy, birth and beyond, particularly where there is a mental health issue in the family.

I help people to understand and tolerate challenging emotions and their physical expressions, including anger and shame.

At the first meeting I will ask you about yourself, your life circumstances and what your interest is in engaging in psychotherapy and what outcome you wish to gain from this process. You will be given information about the professional bodies I belong to in order for you to have the option to see what professional and ethical guidelines I need to adhere to in our therapeutic relationship. I will explain and demonstrate the methods I use. We shall discuss and decide whether one-to-one or group sessions would suit you. If we decided that we are going to work with each other, we will agree on the amount of sessions that seem appropriate for you and arrange appointment times (for one-to-one). I fwe decide that you would benefit more from group-therapy we will make a plan how to prepare you for the group and set a time for when you will join the psychotherapy group.

The initial consultation as well as all subsequent sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes for one-to-one sessions. The first consultation is free. For one-to-one psychotherapy, I advise clients to arrange a minimum of six, best weekly, sessions. For psychotherapy group work, the minimum committment  is 12 weeks, with weekly sessions each lasting 2 1/2 hours..

My hourly fee for one-to-one work is usually £50. However, if that is impossible it is my aim to keep psychotherapy accessible to everybody who wishes to engage in therapy. If you join the psychotherapy group the cost is £20/session.

Psychodrama group:
Working in a group allows everybody to work with and for each other. Everybody brings their wisdom, support and life experiences for others to benefit from. The group moves together from warming-up for the day's work, to protagonist selection, onto the enactment and then to sharing the connections to the work just having been part of. Therefore, healing takes place for the individuals and the social unit. The psychodrama group is an effective and inexpensive way of therapy. I facilitate regular psychodrama group sessions in Southampton. Newcomers welcome! There is no acting required. Strict confidentiality is a basic requirement for the group members.

Psychodrama - History and Concepts: (J.L. Moreno 1889 - 1974) One of the premises is the appreciation that the individual is embedded into his/her social context. This approach incorporates creative methods and non-verbal communication, allowing people to express themselves in the way they can and want to. This approach is underpinned by role theory, the use of creativity and spontaneity verbally and physically. Internal conflicts, fears, anxieties, etc. are being externalized and looked at from a more distanced and objective vantage point. With this method we can step into somebody else's shoes and are able to assess our own and other people's thoughts, actions and motivations. People can learn to find new ways of approaching difficult situations and practice them in a safe environment. This can be done in one-to-one and group sessions.

Physical Aspects:
My experience is that it is impossible to split the body and mind. Based on F.M. Alexander's principles (F.M. Alexander 1869 - 1955), I work with an awareness of the connection between the body and the emotional realm. The aim is to allow a person to connect to her/himself fully and to learn to respond to a situation in the way a person wishes to. If clinically indicated and agreed on, physical contact work is part of the treatment. I have trained with Psychodramatic Bodywork, Susan Aaron.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Psychodrama Psychotherapy University of Worcester
Diploma Psychodrama Psychotherapy, Oxford School of Psychodrama and Integrative Psychotherapy
Cand Phil (Equiv) University of Copenhagen/DK (Pedagogy)
BA (Hons) Victoria University Manchester (Social Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy)
Technische Hochschule/University of Darmstadt/Germany (Critical Pedagogy)
Teacher of the Alexander Technique (Alexander Teknik Skole Copenhagen/DK, Wessex Centre for the Alexander Technique)
Creative Supervisor, Jenny Biancardi Consultancy

Member of British Psychodrama Association
UKCP registered  Psychotherapist
Teacher of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
Creative Supervisor (Cert.)
Doula (Cert.) (Pregnancy and Birth Partner)

Local Psychotherapist for FrontierMEDEX.

BUPA Associate Psychotherapist within the Employment Assistance Programme

Therapist for Cancer Research UK/Macmillan Cancer Support and the New Forest District Council.

Associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University
Consultant for the Alexander Technique for Solent Health Spark

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Body related issues
    Neurological conditions (Spina Bifida, Dystonia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, etc)
  • Psycho-somatic issues
  • Chronic condition
  • Existential issues
  • Conflict related issues
  • Cultural issues
  • Migratory background (multi-cultural, multi-linguistic backgrounds)
  • Workplace and School related issues

Photos & videos

  • Practice Room Eling


Free 60 - 90 minutes inital consultation.

The fee for all subsequent one-to-one sessions is graded according to the economic situation of the client. Maximum fee is £105 for high income earners, £50 for middle income earners, and lower for lower incomes. The fee will be negotiated and set in the first session. Payments can be made cash, by cheque or bank transfer.

Fee for participation in psychotherapy group £20.

Appointments: Monday - Friday including early mornings and evenings, Saturday mornings

Southampton Psychodrama Psychotherapy group: Tuesdays 7pm - 9.30pm

Further information

Clinics in Eling/South Totton:
Set in the historic surroundings of Eling and Eling Tide Mill. Totton Train Station, Bus Nos Wilthire and Dorset 56 to Eling Lane, Blue Star No 8, 9, 12 to Totton or Rushington Roundabout, (15 minutes to walk). No waiting room. Free parking.

The Romney Centre in Southampton: Situated next to the entrance/bottom  of the Common (Cowherds), walking distance to the centre of Southampton and Southampton Universities, Bus Route Unilink U2B every 10 minutes, Reception and free parking.

Fenwick Health and Wellbeing Centre, Lyndhurst/Pikes Hill: full access

Venues for psychotherapy group can vary. Please contact me for details.

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO17 1XS
Eling/Totton, SO40

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German, Danish


I work from Mondays to Fridays, at ordinary office hours, and offer evening and Saturday morning apppointments if required

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

As a Creative Supervisor (Cert.) I offer one-to-one supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists and trainees and students thereof.

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