Maggie Hargreaves, UKCP reg Integrative Psychotherapist, BA Hons
UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist - long/short term clients in private practice, previous work in the NHS (IAPT/CBT), private sector (Tuke, York), voluntary sector.Experience within statutory (crisis) mental health services and I am studying for an advanced Diploma in Supervision.
Counselling offers a safe, private and non-judgmental place where we can take the time, with support, to understand how and where we are stuck in our lives, and find a way to live more happily. My therapy room is comfortable, private and relaxing.
We might know why we are struggling:- a life changing event, a traumatic/abusive childhood, relationship breakdown, disabling anxiety and panic attacks, dependence on alcohol/food, compulsive behaviour patterns, intrusive thoughts.
Sometimes we've been feeling generally down, lonely, dispirited, unmotivated for a long time, don't know why and can't seem to lift ourselves whatever we try. Sometimes a problem we thought we'd resolved might have come round to hit us for six again.
Many of us feel we must be independent and 'cope alone'. We've grown up to believe it's weak or pathetic to need support. Life can throw up some intolerable situations, however, that no-one would be able to cope with, and it helps to find a space to share the load in case we spiral downwards.
Therapy with a qualified and experienced therapist can help us understand where and how we are stuck, and offer a safe and non-judgmental place to be while we find our way through. As you become more aware, you start to find different perspectives on your situation and you begin to understand yourself and your own needs better.
Anxiety can be chronic, and manageable up to a point. But it can sometimes feel intense and overwhelming with strong physical sensations, when daily life feels like a battle against disabling panic, fear and despair. Life in the UK in 2017 is stressful, a 24 hour society, work pressure, family breakdown, financial difficulties.
We are all faced with stress from time to time, and when it overwhelms us we need support and understanding, and cannot always find this amongst our friends and family.
With the support of a therapist you can start to understand your anxiety, what might underlie it, what your particular triggers might be, whether there are any unresolved issues. Then you can learn how to handle your anxiety and bring your life back to a place where you feel happier and more in control.
We all need some sort of order in our lives, most people have some routines and rituals in their daily lives. They give continuity and a feeling of safety. If these routines become over rigid, however, (for various reasons) and we cannot manage without them, then they might start to control our behaviour and our lives. The extreme version of this is OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). The routine becomes everything, yet somehow is never enough to alleviate our underlying anxiety.
Therapy can help, by showing us how to understand our behaviour, how we became like this, and how to change. It can take time, and you'll need support and encouragement, but it works.
Ways of coping that don't work
When we have feelings we don't like, negative and unpleasant ones, we might start to look for escape and happiness somewhere else. We could move towards any of the following - alcohol; drugs (prescribed and illegal); overeating; undereating; working excessive hours; overspending on credit cards ( 'retail therapy'!); gambling; overexercise. And others. These are all ways of coping. Any of these might feel like a solution to start with, and it might keep us going for a while, but these aren't healthy, and they can take over our lives.
I have long experience of working with clients who have survived childhood sexual abuse (this often comprises physical and emotional abuse, as well as neglect). Abuse in childhood can throw a long shadow over our adult lives, and this can be manageable for years, then suddenly become unbearable. Calm, consistent and empathic support can help us to get through.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with the UKCP as an Integrative Psychotherapist. Postgraduate diploma.
I have a Class 1 Honours degree in Applied Social Studies.
I am a member of Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute.
I have worked as a therapist in IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) within the NHS.
I have worked for several years in the mental health services, within a statutory service linked with local CMHT and Crisis teams.
I am an Associate Counsellor at the Tuke Centre, York.
I have been a private practitioner for 8 years.
I have delivered training in Brief and Focal therapy
I am up to date with Continuing Professional Development.
'Attachment informed interventions in Cognitive Behavioual Therapy' March 2017
Gail Myhr, Associate Professor of psychiatry, McGill University, webinar
'working with nightmares and dreams' September 2016, Health Minds, Leeds
'resource development for internal resilience and ego strengthening' January 2016, Tuke Centre, York
'trauma and the body: somatisation and dissociation' November 2015, PODS, Rotherham
I am registered with the Information Commission (Data Protection)
I have also worked as an Advocate, a parliamentary case-worker, in debt management and as a company director.
I speak French, German and some Italian.
I am currently training for an advanced Diploma in Supervision - fee for supervisees, £30 per hour
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
I charge £40 per one hour session. I charge a reduced fee (£30) for the initial assessment session.
Concessions: I offer discretionary reduced fee sessions for trainees or in recognition of individual circumstances.
I offer a limited number of evening sessions during the week
I have specialised experience working with those who have survived sexual abuse.
I have a particular interest in, and experience working with
OCD and hoarding
those who have had only patchy success with standard treatment (including medication) for
long-term anxiety/depression and are now considering talking therapy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri Some early evening sessions available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist currently undertaking a Diploma in Supervision at advanced level.View supervision profile