Patsy Bolton Senior Accredited Counsellor
COUNSELLING For in depth help - or briefer assistance.
In a world of innumerable stresses it can be an achievement to balance necessary priorities and still leave time for you. The problem is, that without personal breathing space for self- care and self-reflection, your hopes and good intentions can get lost. You may in fact have forgotten what you need!
As a British Association of Counselling Senior Accredited Practitioner, with over 25 years of experience, I work in a variety of ways therefore am able to offer the most accessible and relevant approach for you. I can assess whether past events, your current relationships, loss or confidence issues are preventing you from moving on now. Counselling can attend to these.
As well as the traditional analytic talking therapy model which I continue to use, I have found that my clients report feeling better faster as well as more understanding of their issues through a methodology which originates from the United States (as many do) called Advanced Integrative Therapy or AIT. It is particularly effective at easing early and current trauma which is often unwittingly held in the body and the mind through physical and psychological symptoms.
I always combine talking and AIT together.
For more information please see www.ait-uk-europe.com
For the last 15 years I have also integrated other innovative and proven energy therapy approaches, working with the mind/body interaction. These include a method which can sometimes bring relief even in minutes called Thought Field Therapy. It can be learnt as a self help technique further to being shown where to tap on your body. In doing so your worst feelings and fears may be reduced.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Arts Degree University Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Msc. Psychological Counselling, Surrey University.
Certificate in Life Coaching, Newcastle College, England.
Thought Field Therapy Diagnostic Level and Parts Field Therapy (UK training) Accreditation: Callahan Techniques, USA.
Certificate in Advanced Integrative Therapy with ongoing trainings annually.
Certificate Qualification in Social Work, London.
Advanced Programme for Social Workers, Tavistock Clinic, London.
One year specialist adoption training for work with individuals, couples and families.
I work for PAC-UK as a freelance counsellor in permanency and adoption issues and as a trainer for PAC-UK offering workshops to several London Boroughs. I continue to update my skills regularly in this field of work.
I have enjoyed being in private practice in Teddington since 1998, having worked in NHS settings for several years in the community prior to that.
In addition to my work with adults and adolescents, I've had extensive experience as a member of a multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team "CAHMS" .
In my previous role as a mental health social worker, I'd previously been part of an adult community mental health team. I have first hand experience of the more severe psychological and psychiatric issues. I have also worked in a post permanence service assisting families and adults who have been placed for adoption, fostered or in kinship care.
As an expatriate of many years standing - having lived in Canada and parts of Africa I understand the issues relevant to living somewhere far from home, even if that was many years ago.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£ 60.00 per 50 minute session for individuals.
I currently offer AIT at the same fee but for a longer session lasting up to 75 minutes.
Couples' fees £90 for one hour.
I do consider individual financial circumstances and can discuss a reasonable fee scale.
I am willing to offer FaceTime or Skype sessions. It is preferable if we are able to meet first of all depending on your location.
I work with individuals; adults, adolescents and offer couples work. I have undertaken pre and post-adoption counselling with couples when referred through agencies such as their local authority.
I can see people for brief interventions as well as longer term options. Many individuals looking to understand more indepth issues prefer open ended contracts. I am flexible when considering how often to see a client as long as clinically I feel the counselling will be beneficial in this way.
I frequently deliver training on attachment and permanency issues for the voluntary organisation I do freelance permanence/adoption counselling for.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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If someone has trouble climbing my stairs I can hold the session downstairs. I state offering home visits but these may depend on location and the time travelling will be added to my fee.
Monday to Friday day times from 7.45 am up to 6pm. I have limited evening availability on Wednesdays and some Thursday's.
Types of client
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