Iona Marjorie Brown, MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), MBACP (Reg).
A warm welcome.
I am an experienced and qualified therapist of sixteen years' standing, based in a quiet village between Pershore and Evesham, in Worcestershire.
I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy to adults, and young adults, aged sixteen and over, in Worcestershire and beyond.
I qualified as a counsellor in 1999, and I have been working with mental health services ever since.
What can I offer you?
Therapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk freely about your life and whatever is on your mind, particularly things that may be confusing, uncomfortable or painful.
It can be a place to come to terms with difficult or embarrassing feelings, where the therapist listens attentively and tries to help you improve the way things are.
How do I work?
I have a warm, person-centred style, which I combine with a psychodynamic way of thinking. This means that as well as listening attentively in the here-and-now, I pay close attention to unconscious processes, and I consider past experiences as an important factor in shaping current thoughts and feelings.
Why do people seek therapy?
People may want to see a therapist for a range of different reasons, from coping with a specific mental health problem, because they need time and support to explore an event in their lives that has caused distress, or simply to find out more about themselves.
Typical reasons may be:
- Mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self-harming, or addictions.
- Distress caused by significant life events, such as leaving home for the first time, a broken relationship, or a divorce in the family.
- To find support. Therapy provides a safe environment for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, survivor issues or any change in life circumstances that causes distress.
- Communication problems. Many people come to therapy looking for help with their relationships. Therapy can address poor communication skills and difficulty in resolving conflicts.
- Self-exploration. Therapy can provide a permissive and nurturing environment in which people can explore who they really are.
I offer long- and short-term counselling and psychotherapy, depending on what you need, and I have particular experience of working with people who may be suffering from depression, anxiety, addictive behaviour, stress, body image problems, personality issues and other mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
I also work with people who are struggling with more emotional issues, such as relationship difficulties, family problems, issues at work, or a significant event, such as leaving home for the first time, a challenging job, the onset of a serious illness, a sudden loss, or a divorce.
Using action methods
Action methods are an empowering, creative, and flexible way to help people find out more about themselves, improve their relationships, and learn to cope better with life's ups and downs.
They can help you focus on the issue you want to tackle, safely and creatively. It is up to you and your therapist to decide whether you make use of them.
They include a range of drama techniques and simple exercises that make use of small symbolic objects, such as cushions, images, buttons and cloths to bring your inner world to life.
They can be particularly helpful if you are a visual person who thinks in pictures, or someone who habitually makes use of mental images.
Techniques we can use include:
- Role-taking: to explore an inner 'critical voice' that gets in the way of success, or to strengthen an under-developed role, such as your 'loving self' or your 'confident self'.
- Button-sculpting: to explore the person you are - what supports you and what undermines you.
- Working with the Communicube: to create a symbolic picture of your inner landscape, or to work on a recurrent problem, such as anxiety.
- Empty chair: to address a difficult issue.
- Concretisation: to help you acknowledge negative emotions such as anger, fear or guilt that may be difficult to communicate in words.
- Mask work: using masks to explore inner conflicts, give a facial expression to a feeling or to explore a troublesome relationship.
I offer action methods groups to individuals, charities and organisations, ranging from personal development groups to more focused groups for people with particular mental health issues.
Action methods have been used successfully in NHS mental health services, prisons, addictions centres, family centres, church organisations, education and businesses.
I am happy to answer any queries you may have about the types of therapy I can offer you, my availability, and my appointment days and times.
Just drop me a line or give me a call, and we can take it from there.
If you call, you will hear my voice on an answering machine. If you leave me a short message, and let me know a convenient time to ring, I will call you back, usually within 48 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
The majority of my work has been in the NHS, with a varied background in therapeutic communities, a prison, GP surgeries, an addictions service and low-fee counselling charities.
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Wigan, using the person-centred approach. I went on to study systemic family therapy at Parkview Clinic in Birmingham, and the group analytic approach at Turvey Abbey, in Bedfordshire, both to certificate level.
I have been an action methods practitioner since 2009 and I have significant experience of incorporating psychodramatic techniques into my practice.
MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), Adv Dip Couns (Wigan), Cert Action Methods and Psychodramatic Techniques (West Mids Psychodrama Group), Prof Cert Management (Open), MBACP (Reg).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creative approaches to relationship issues
Action methods in a group setting can be particularly helpful in exploring, and helping to resolve, long-standing relationship difficulties, as well as broader family issues.
They can also be adapted for use in one-to-one work, where creative approaches can be incorporated according to individual needs.
Support during divorce or separation
I offer supportive, 10-week groups for people dealing with the emotional impact of divorce or separation. If you would like to join a group, or to work creatively in individual sessions, please let me know, and we can discuss this when we meet.
I offer individual fifty-minute sessions for £48.00, and I operate a sliding scale based on individual circumstances.
I offer longer initial assessments, of one hour and twenty minutes, for £60.00.
I am able to offer a small reduction in fees in cases of genuine hardship. If I see you more than once a week, the cost of sessions is less.
Missed sessions and cancellations
I normally charge for sessions that you do not attend, for example when you are on holiday or you decide not to come. This is because the time is set aside for you, and I do not use it for any other purpose.
However, if you do need to rearrange a session, I will always do my best to accommodate you.
Please let me know if you have any concerns about charges when we meet.
If you cancel an assessment with less than 24 hours' notice, there is a cancellation fee of half the amount.
Codes of Ethics and Practice
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the British Psychodrama Association.
I am a member of the the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy.
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, the UKCP Code of Ethics and the British Psychodrama Association Code of Ethics and Practice.
I receive regular analytical supervision.
I am within easy driving distance of Pershore, Evesham, villages in the Vale of Evesham, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Malvern, Worcester, Redditch, Stratford and Broadway.
There is a regular bus service through the village, and Evesham railway station is ten minutes away by car.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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|Other languages:||Conversational French; basic German.|
Tuesdays and Wednesdays all day. Assessments can take place on other days, including weekends.
Types of client