Geraldine (Gerry) Harris, UKATA, MNCS(Acc); MBACP
I am a qualified counsellor and trainee psychotherapist. I've enjoyed an extensive career in health and well being (originally qualifying as a nurse) and have been in therapeutic practice now for six years. I work alongside people with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, fear, relationship difficulties and personal / work related stress. In addition I have undertaken years of specialist training in trauma and have over five years' experience of working with people who are survivors of accidents and abuse (physical, sexual and emotional)
My personal style is integrative drawing on humanistic approaches combined with the depth of psychodynamic ideas as well as my insight into how trauma affects the body. I am committed to ongoing development - working toward a post-graduate qualification in Transactional Analysis (TA) and a diploma in Advanced Trauma.
My continued motivation comes from developing safe, respectful and empathic relationships with my clients. I believe that the counselling and psychotherapy relationship can be likened to a journey..... I am here to travel, alongside (for a short or long journey) to an agreed, unique, destination. We explore the pathway, or events, that have led to the here and now and how these have affected expectations and outcomes. What does my client want from his/her life; how can they connect more effectively in relationships? It is truly fulfilling to facilitate these journeys and see the changes that are made and the contentment (reduced anxiety, fear and stress leading to greater excitement and joy) that is achieved.
Explanation of Transactional Analysis
'TA was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s and has evolved since. It is now a well-established approach used widely in psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development as well as many other areas.
As well as providing a theory of personality, Transactional Analysis offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships. These models can help identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome.
The therapeutic applications of TA focus on providing opportunities for individuals to change repetitive patterns. These patterns, the result of early childhood decisions which in TA are referred to as 'script', limit an individual's potential.
TA focuses on how script manifests itself in day-to-day life and how we can move beyond it to improve the quality of our lives. Used with individuals, couples and groups, TA is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. Unique in the depth of its theory, this process allows for the individuality of both therapist and client.
TA is also beneficial in settings such as organisational training and consultancy, parenting, education, personal development and coaching. Many TA concepts are simple to learn and apply, making them very accessible and effective.'
(explanation of TA taken, with kind permission, from www.thelinkcentre.co.uk)
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Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications:
I have a Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis (TA)) and am working toward a post-graduate qualification in TA. Other recent training includes: APT Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Essentials; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Mindfulness treatment of trauma related dissociation; many other trauma related courses (including working with PTSD, wind-back technique and Emotional Freedom Technique)
My previous qualifications include nursing (RNLD), Management (Exec Diploma in Mgt), Body Massage (ITEC), Aromatherapy (NVQ3), Business Studies.
I have worked with Survivors Network as a Counsellor for nearly six years (a charity working with female survivors of sexual abuse) and have my own private practise,
Prior to gaining my counselling qualification, I was the CEO of a charity working with people affected by brain injury. I've also worked for many years with services that support people with learning disability and prior work with a variety of businesses in a secretarial/admin role.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
Initial Session / Meeting - £20
Individual Session (one hour) - £40
Couples - £50
Student Counsellors - £35
Some concessionary fees are available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8am-8pm. I work from a beautiful timber cabin in Laughton, nr Lewes. I also work with some clients in their own homes and having completed Ecotherapy training, I work outside in nature.
Types of client