Polly Beaugrand MBACP
35 Madingley Road
Alex Wood Hall
How Can I help You?
Living with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc can have a dramatic and devastating affect on our daily lives; disrupting relationships at home and at work.
If the signs are denied or ignored they can manifest themselves into physical symptoms, damaging our physical health as well as out mental and emotional health. If not addressed, the long term effects can have serious and long lasting consequences, not just for ourselves but to those closest to us.
Long Term Therapy: (At least 1 session per week: minimum in months rather than weeks)
Some causes of anxiety, panic attacks and depression, (including all the complications; addictions, other self harming behaviours, enduring mental health issues etc), are deeply embedded in our past.
Long term therapy is a journey into your life, challenging negative patterns and destructive behaviours as well as evaluating your core values.
Surviving Child Sexual Abuse / Trauma Therapy: (Long term; ideally on a weekly basis.)
Childhood trauma, (especially sustained,systematic trauma) can and does have lifelong negative effects on the survivors life and subsequently, to those around them.
The impact of childhood abuse will echo and resound through-out your life; compounding the pain and abuse by blindly descending into relationships that echo of the past; blindly allowing yourself to be used, controlled, manipulated and hurt time after time. Knowing deep inside that this is wrong, but feeling that is all you deserve.
You deserve more.
Short Term Therapy: (10 - 20 sessions recommended)
Sometimes anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be a reaction to a recent event in our lives; death, redundancy, relationship and / or family issues.
Short term therapy can assist you to discover tools and techniques that will help you to deal with the symptoms, not just for the acute periods, but on a day to day basis; maintaining your mental and emotional health, relieving the physical symptoms and promoting your overall well being.
Short term therapy will also provide you with an empathic, nonjudgemental, professional ear; some-one who will hear you and be there.
Short term therapy is also a good way of 'checking in' with ourselves. Reviewing and reflecting on our present day lives goes along way towards ensuring that our choices and decisions are coming from an emotionally healthy place.
Our physical well being is intrinsically linked to our emotional health. Just as we keep a close eye on our physical health, we should give the same consideration to our emotional health.
(Please see section “Further Information” for more details about long term therapy)
Therapy is an extremely personal and difficult journey to undertake. The success of your journey will depend on the relationship between you and your therapist. It is vital that you feel understood, accepted and valued as a fellow human being, no matter what your life story.
Here's a bit of information about me that I hope, will make your search for a therapist a little easier:
I am a mature woman, twice married and I have 2 adult children. I was born and raised in North London. I lived abroad for 3 years and in 1993 I moved to Cambridgeshire and have been here ever since.
During a pivotal time in my life I realised that the only way to affect real and positive change in my life was to face up to and conquer my demons; denial was no longer an option.
It was a life changing journey, one that has led me here. By the end I finally realised that the way to lasting change was through honest self awareness, understanding and finally compassion; compassion for myself and those who hurt my life.
I have extensive and specialist training and knowledge in: Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Young People, Severe Mental Health Issues and the devastating effects this has on the family, Addictions, The Care System.
By being free of the past we no longer react to life's challenges, we are able to live and respond to life as it unfolds before us, as empowered, self controlled adults; no longer driven and controlled by repressed anger and denied memories.
Allow me to assist you in your journey.
I Will Hear you and I Will Understand.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills Hills Road College, Cambridge
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Hills Road College, Cambridge
- Level 5 Diploma in CBT Stonebridge Online College
- Certificate in Health and Social Care Open University
- NVQ 3 Health and Social Care:Children and Young People
- Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care. Cruse Foundation Course
I first began my journey into Social Care in 1997. I volunteered as a Classroom Support Assistant at Meldreth Manor Residential School; a residential school for young people with severe and profound multiple disabilities.
This is were I learned that the absolute foundation for any meaningful relationship be it student - teacher, parent-child, lover-lover, sibling - sibling, employee-employer, client-carer, was through effective communication; being heard, being understood and being noticed.
The Young People that I worked with taught me that comminication is more than just mere words. They taught me that a raised eyebrow, a lifted finger, a hunched shoulder, a twitch of the lips were just as loud and expressive as words, all I had to do was stop and listen.
I have also worked for Children and Young Peoples Services in a Residential Home for Young People in Care. I worked and lived with these Young People for 12 years.
These Young People taught me to hear what was behind their words and actions. Verbal abuse, petty and violent crime, sexual abuse, addictions, promiscuity; all screamed of pain and betrayal and loss. All I had to do was stop and listen.
It was while I was working with Looked After Children that I went to college and dedicated my time to gaining a counselling qualification.
I have worked with adults of all ages, children and young people from all walks of life and with varying problems; Addictions, Homelessness, Looked After Children, Unaccompanied Minors, The Chronically Excluded, Severe and Enduring Mental Heath Issues.
I have been a volunteer counsellor at Centre 33, counselling Young People for nearly 3 years.
From March 2016 I have been a volunteer counsellor at Choices, a local charity offering specialized counselling for Adult Survivors of Child sexual Abuse. I became an associate counsellor at Choices in May 2016. This means that through Choices, I can extend my services and offer low cost (£20) counselling too. This is only available through Choices.
I still like to keep involved in the community work, so I work part time for Reed Social Care agency. My roles as a Reed employee are:
-To work as a community support worker, supporting YP and young adults who are disabled, either in the family setting, or out in the community.
-To work as a support worker in residential settings, homelessness hostels, rehabilitation units etc.
I Will Hear You and I Will Understand.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
£40 Per 50 minute session
Counselling is not an easy journey to take. Counselling involves revisiting and reliving past mistakes and heartaches.
Persistent and continuous denial serves only 1 purpose; to keep us trapped into destructive patterns of behaviours; behaviours that have been handed down to us, generation after generation, parent to child, child to grandchild etc.
Negative and abusive behaviours are not in our DNA! We do not inherit a tendency to deceive and to injure those we love the most. We are taught these harmful traits and we are (mostly) taught them with genuine love and a true belief that we are doing no harm. But we do cause harm, we harm ourselves and we harm our children, just as we were harmed by our parents. Unintentional harm still hurts and damages.
By taking responsibility of our own actions and weakness, we give others around us, especially our children, permission to do the same. This is how generational patterns of negative behaviours and destructive abuse are finally stopped and you will see, there is a different way to be.
I Will Hear You and I Will Understand.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My working times are very flexible. Please contact me for availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|