specialist in trauma and relationships
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If you are troubled or feeling stressed by what's happening in your life, please contact me to discuss making an initial appointment. You may find it really helpful to talk things through with a qualified professional, to find new ways of looking at your life and greater understanding about yourself and those around you. This can give you greater choice and the chance to improve how you feel.
I specialise in trauma and relationships (including sexual difficulties) - working with adults as individuals / partners / couples. A key area of my practice is working with trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD. I have taken specialist high-level training in these areas. The trauma can be from childhood, an accident or surgery or illness, of a sexual nature, or from a career in the military or uniformed services. Other are as of specific experience for me are disordered eating, survivors of sexual abuse and rape, addictive and compulsive behaviour, chronic illness, fertility / pregnancy problems.
Equine-facilitated sessions may also be helpful for you - to tap into non-verbal experiential ways of gaining insight into how you can increase your wellbeing and way of living. The equine work is available in person near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
I also supervise counsellors, psychotherapists, traumatologists and coaches.
You may also be interested to hear about my coaching and corporate work. My first career was as a regional director in advertising, within the BBDO network. This background also supports my work as a coach with professionals and managers to enhance their communication skills and leadership style. For organisations, I design management development training and provide organisational development training where there may be issues with performance, conflict or managing change. Employers may bring me in as a coach or counsellor for employee assistance, for example when redundancy or personal issues are present.
Training, qualifications & experience
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But what matters is how I work with the benefit of that knowledge, in support of you.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Addiction Professionals, a psychosexual therapist accredited by the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy (COSRT) and an executive coach who is a member of the Association for Coaching (ACUK). As a traumatologist I'm accredited by ITTI (International Trauma Training Institute) as CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional), also with membership of UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society) and ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies).
I have trained in various approaches to treating trauma, including the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls within NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or "tapping", Matrix Reimprinting to transform traumatic memories or flashbacks, IRRT (Imagery Rescripting Reprocessing Therapy) for creative writing to overcome trauma, and Dream Completion Technique especially for troubling dreams or nightmares. I am also experienced in recommending Alpha-Stim as an effective non-medication method of treating Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression.
I'm also an equine-facilitated therapist doubly certified by IFEEL and also by LEAP.
Having qualified over 15 years ago from a therapy training accredited by the BACP: Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, I also hold a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse, as well as a Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
For relationship therapy, I am a member of Imago UK, reaching towards certification. I have also taken initial training in the Gottman Method of relationship therapy.
My coaching qualifications are recognised by the AC: Diploma in Organisational Development and Executive Coaching; Diploma in Business and Life Coaching. I am a Certified NLP Practitioner. I also hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy, accredited by General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. My supervision qualification is a Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Equine-facilitated therapy can be very useful for relationship issues, self-confidence, recovery from abuse or trauma.
£150.00 per session
In Malmesbury: £150 per 50-minute session for individuals or couples. Supervision fee is £120 per 50-minute session. All sessions are being held remotely on Zoom.
My website for further details: www.ashlar-evolution.com
I'm a founder director of The Grove Practice in London: as a core trainer for our centre of excellence for CPD in mental health www.thegrovepractice.com
When I work
Appointments available in Malmesbury on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - by Zoom or in person.
No appointments currently offered in person in London.
For information about equine-facilitated therapy in Malmesbury, please see my website www.ashlar-evolution.com