Marian Swinfen - MA in Psychotherapeutic Practice
Croft Hall Medical Practice
19 Croft Road
I offer psychotherapy within a supportive, compassionate and relational space to help you explore your personal difficulties and the challenges you are facing in life.
My aim is to help you with easing feelings of distress and to develop more clarity about yourself and the issues you face. Our focus would be to facilitate your process in finding helpful ways of relating with your issues of concern, making any changes that are needed and enable you to access and develop your personal resources and potential for growth by working through your difficulties.
I work with a wide variety of issues and I can offer both long and short term therapy, depending on what you need.
My masters degree is in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapeutic Practice. I also have experience in other fields of counselling and ways of working.
Overall I have over twenty years of previous experience in supporting clients to find ways of relating with and addressing difficult and uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, moods and states of mind that they are experiencing. I have also helped clients who want to change problematic behaviour and improve their relationships, both with themselves and with others.
During the past fourteen years I have worked a lot with anger, conflict, resentment, communication, parenting and intimacy in relationship. I also work with those who are or have been in abusive relationships.
My work within the NHS in a mental health team was to offer long term psychotherapy to clients with issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and unresolved family difficulties.
- Mindfulness is simply the practice of becoming aware of what is happening in us from moment to moment, with an open curiosity and acceptance
- It helps us to become clearer about the detail of our internal experience and the patterns we have developed that can increase our distress and difficulties.
- It helps us to create more space around our internal experience so that we have more choice around how to relate to it and the situations we face.
- It helps us to develop a kinder and more understanding relationship with ourselves and so to become more able to support ourselves in difficulty and to experience a greater sense of well-being.
- It is an invitation to embark on a journey of self-discovery in an open and supportive relationship with the therapist as your ally, helping to hold an open and inclusive awareness of what is happening and what will help. It is a space where anything can be brought, heard and included without judgement, however difficult or painful.
- My intention would be to meet you where you are, as you are. This usually means combining a deep and empathic listening, with a practical and relational approach. I will draw on my experience of what might help, but will also focus primarily with you on your own enquiry into what hurts and what helps.
My experience has been that whilst the journey of therapy can touch on painful and difficult experiences it can also be very touching, enlivening and deepening process for those of us involved in it.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapeutic Practice with Karuna Institute.
BPhil in Social Work.
Working within the NHS in a mental health team offering long term psychotherapy.
Probation Officer working with individuals and running and supervising group-work on thinking skills, substance misuse, domestic violence and general aggression.
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural training in the programmes above.
Developing and working within community projects for domestic violence and abuse, relationship issues and parenting.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I charge £35 for a one hour session. I will also consider concessions for those who are on lower incomes.
I offer a free initial session which enables us to decide on whether it is right for us to work together.
I can offer sessions on Fridays at Croft GP surgery in Torquay, between 8.30am and 6.30pm
I can also see clients on other workdays at my home practice near Totnes, with easy access from Torbay, Teignbridge and South Hams. Times are negotiable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8.30am to 6.30pm on Fridays in Torquay. Other weekdays near Totnes with easy access from Torbay, Teignbridge and South Hams. Times are negotiable.
Types of client