Iona Marjorie Brown, MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), MBACP (Reg).
I am an experienced therapist of eighteen years' standing, based in the Vale of Evesham, in Worcestershire.
Life can be a bit of a disappointment. We can rub along quite happily for years, juggling a successful career with family life, yet feel there is something missing. Or we may have felt from the outset that we have never really known who we are.
Relationships may falter, illnesses may strike. Past failures may dog us. Or we may just have a nagging suspicion that things are not as they should be.
Therapy can give us eyes. The consulting room can provide just the right amount of freedom to talk about the things that trouble us most, where we can feel heard, perhaps for the first time in our lives.
How do I work?
I work psychodynamically. This means that as well as listening attentively to what you say in the here-and-now, I also pay attention to unconscious processes - the hidden parts of ourselves that emerge in dreams, as well as in our stories about ourselves and what we do.
I consider that past experiences, particularly early childhood experiences, play an important role in shaping our current thoughts and feelings. These early influences are particularly important in the repeated patterns we see in our relationships.
Long and short term work
I offer long-term analytical psychotherapy and short-term counselling, depending on what you need, and sometimes people come more than once a week.
I have particular experience of working with people who may be living with depression, anxiety, impulses to self-harm, or feelings of abandonment or of being lost in life.
I also work with people who are facing what might be seen as more everyday emotional issues - things like relationship difficulties, family problems, or a significant event; perhaps leaving home for the first time, a challenging job, or the onset of a serious illness.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the type 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 leave me a message, and let me know the best time to ring, I will call you back as soon as I can.
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 and went on to study psychodrama, systemic family therapy at Parkview Clinic in Birmingham, and the group analytic approach at Turvey Abbey, in Bedfordshire to certificate level. I practise Jungian analytical psychotherapy.
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
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I operate a sliding fee scale, based on £50 per session, according to individual circumstances.
An initial consultation is a longer appointment spread over two meetings. It is an opportunity for you to see whether you feel we can work together, and for you to ask any questions you may have.
At the end of our time together you should have a better idea of whether this kind of therapy may be right for you, and what other options there may be.
Yes, please see above.
Missed sessions and cancellations
In common with most therapists, 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.
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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Conversational French; basic German.|
Please ask me about my availability.
Types of client