Lavinia-Grace Dawson Psychotherapist & Nature-Based Therapist MA; BA Hons; MBACP
Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is a key part of the therapeutic process. Current research suggests that the therapeutic relationship we build together is the most fundamentally important part of the therapy. In honour of this, I offer a free initial session, where there is no obligation to continue; this gives us both the opportunity to meet and to fully consider what you are looking for from therapy and to see if I am the right therapist to support your needs.
Choosing to enter into therapy is often, but not always, about coming to terms with a crisis or disappointment in our lives - children leaving home, family issues, anxiety, redundancy or career changes, ageing, grief and loss, depression or relationship difficulties. It can also be about undertaking soulful journeying, reconnecting with our nature through connection with the land, or about exploring our creativity.
There can be suffering and pain brought to the therapeutic relationship and many of our wounds stem from wounds created in relationship with self and with others. Being in relationship with someone non-judgemental, working through your concerns in a safe space with a deep listener, can offer you a chance to heal these wounds in relationship. Outcomes of therapy can help you to access a more solid sense of self, help with self esteem and may help you to connect/reconnect to joy.
As well as the traditional one to one talking therapy I also offer alternatives for those people who may wish to undertake depth relational work via creative channels, such as nature therapy, creative writing and/or creative media use as a way to explore experiences and feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychospiritual psychotherapist, group therapist, lecturer and published author on trauma. I run a private practice working from my homes in East Sussex and Suffolk. I integrate psychosynthesis, nature therapy, transpersonal psychology and mindfulness into my practice, working holistically and relationally, taking the whole person into consideration.
My training as a psychospiritual therapist has allowed me to work with some of the leading practitioners in the field; Francis Deas (Core Process, Karuna), Will Parfitt (Psychosynthesis), Jane Sanders (Core Process - Karuna), Martin Jordon (Ecotherapy) and Dr Jan Mojsa (Transpersonal). I hold a degree in counselling, a diploma in psychotherapeutic therapy and a Master’s degree in creative writing therapy. I have trained extensively as an interpersonal group psychotherapist.
I have completed two years of PhD research and will be undertaking PhD doctoral research in ecotherapy.
I have a diverse range of experience as a therapist working both privately and in the public sphere, all of which enriches my practice today. I have worked with sex workers; with women in a residential women’s trauma unit; with people in rehabilitation units following substance misuse issues and for the County Council in special schools working with young people who have suffered trauma and grief. I have particular experience in working with self harm, addiction, identity issues and trauma.
I have presented at the first Trauma conference In Prague and my work on shame and trauma has been published.
I am committed to my own personal journeying in therapy and I also undertake clinical supervision for all my work.
I am a member of LAPIDUS, a professional organisation which works with the literary arts to promote personal development, health and well-being. I am also a member of Ecopsychology UK and CAPO - Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors. I am a fully registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
It is a challenge to reduce the areas I work with to a specified list, as I work with people and their emotional worlds rather than just the symptoms they may present with.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss your concerns and if we feel I am not the right therapist for you, I can refer you on to another colleague.
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Clients: Daytime £60 and Evening £70 (from 6.00 p.m)
I also hold some low cost therapy slots, which are subject to availability and eligibility. If you are currently on a low-income, please ask for details of availability. I have a waiting list in operation.
I am an experienced psychotherapist which means I often work medium to long term with the implicit, depth reasons underlying our behaviours. I also offer counselling services which are for the client wanting shorter term work with specific issues.
I am a fully qualified interpersonal group therapist and I also offer creative writing therapy for groups and one to one clients.
We are all, we are all the children of a beautiful coloured flower, a flaming flower, and there is no one, there is no one who regrets who we are - Huichol song
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My main practice hours are 9 - 6 Monday to Friday, although some early morning and evening appointments may also be available. i offer low-cost slots for low income households.
Types of client