Corinne Pollard MBACP Counsellor & UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
As you are searching for a counsellor or psychotherapist it is important that you make the right choice about who you will work with. I hope that the information you find here about me will help you decide whether I might be the right therapist for you.
I am a MBACP & UKCP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist adhering to a strict code of ethics which informs my practice for individuals and couples, located in Crofton Park, London SE4. I completed my five years training to diploma level in 2007 and I have been practicing as an integrative therapist since 2004 which means that I understand and have experience of applying a broad range of theoretical perspectives which allows us many choices in the ways in which we might work together. The overall approach in which I was trained is transpersonal which includes all aspects of ourselves - mind, body, spirit and soul.
I recognise the importance of further training, qualifying as a Couples Psychotherapist in 2011, Focusing Oriented Therapist in 2015 and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in May 2016 and attend continuing professional development events regularly.
Somatic Experiencing is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. Trauma does not rest in the event but in our nervous system and by paying attention to what is happening in our body, our system can be helped to reset restoring inner balance and enhancing resilience to stress. Because SE supports regulation of the autonomic nervous system, which underlies every aspect of our physical, emotional, and psychological functioning, the applications of SE are diverse and could include for example supporting mood regulation, reworking of addictive patterns, and the prevention or resolution of PTSD.
For couples, Somatic Experiencing can offer helpful tools in working together, learning to “track” and understand our own and our partner’s physiological state so we can endeavour to stay regulated and support each other especially when communication is becoming stressful and heated, in contrast to repeating patterns of unconsciously reacting to perceived triggers and threats. As we start to pay attention and notice our own bodily responses we may discover they have roots in past memories rather than the present giving us more choice in how we respond in the moment.
As we learn to read the language spoken by the body, we gain access to a deeper understanding of how we have been shaped by events in our lives that continue to affect us in the present and use this knowledge to begin healing our wounded selves. There are a wealth of effective tools we can experiment with until we find which are most helpful to each of us as individuals in assisting us to accurately assess and address what is troubling us and gradually move beyond a continued repetition of old patterns that have kept us stuck. This opens us up to the potential for becoming more self compassionate, insightful, accepting, flexible and responsive, discovering new purpose and meaning in our lives which in turn can give us choices that perhaps we did not know we could make.
Adopting this more expansive approach can be profoundly inspiring, exciting and creative and if you are drawn to working with me I look forward to sharing all I know with you
Training, qualifications & experience
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) - 2016
Focusing Oriented Therapist - 2015
Diploma in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy - C.C.P.E. (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education) 2011
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - C.C.P.E. (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education) 2007
Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy - C.C.P.E. 2003
Certificate in Music Workshop Skills - Goldsmiths College 1995
Originally trained in social work, I have been fortunate to have been given opportunities to work in a wide variety of roles including adult education in both local authority and voluntary sectors, domestic violence and abuse with both perpetrators and victims, criminal justice, community music, performing musician and workshop leader and above all I am grateful to all the counselling and psychotherapy clients who have put their trust in me since 2004 and from whom I have learned so much.
Over the years I have explored many paths of growth and self development as a means of empowering myself including extensive reading and practice in meditation, healing, performing musician, arranger and composer, workshop facilitator, training in tantra, dance, visual arts, bodywork, voice work and pursuing professional qualifications and attending continuing professional development events as a counsellor and psychotherapist for individuals and couples. In my work I endeavour to tailor each session to the specific needs of each person calling on a diverse range of knowledge acquired through training, discussions with colleagues, research into best practice, reading, and my own experience, combining those elements of each approach that I personally find to be the most powerful tools for transformation.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Communication for Couples and all Relationships:
Becoming a more effective communicator enables us to move beyond repetitive patterns of behaviour that cause damage in relationships to reach a position of understanding and connection to another person with kindness and compassion, supporting each other in developing a willingness to work together as a team on the same side and finding ways of resolving conflict that nourish and enhance the bond
We can learn communication and relationship skills such as how to say things in ways that are most likely to keep the dialogue open, constructive and respectful even when addressing difficult issues with the other person. The words we use and the intention behind them will affect the outcome of any communication we have and it is important to know the difference between using language that is most likely to escalate our concerns into further conflict that cannot be resolved or learn how to listen empathically without judgement and give space for the other person to express themselves, feel listened to and heard until reaching a mutually satisfying resolution of a problem. Knowing how to communicate effectively is an essential skill we can all learn
Emotional management and expression~;
Difficult early childhood experiences can lead to us missing out on the essential developmental steps of learning how to self regulate and self sooth, leaving us vulnerable and ill equipped in building healthy relationships. It is never too late to learn new skills in managing our emotions, setting clear boundaries asking for our needs to be met, taking care of ourselves and looking to another human being for help.
Domestic violence and abuse in intimate relationships:
Whether it is shouting, swearing. name calling, criticism, blaming or refusing to take responsibility for your own actions we have probably all done this at times but when any of these behaviours starts to dominate a relationship it can become a slippery slope to an abusive or violent relationship and a sign of acute problems which can be very harmful to everyone, especially children if they are present, witnessing or within earshot. If you have any concerns about your behaviour becoming abusive let's arrange a session to explore what is going on and what would help - men, women, victims and perpetrators are all welcome
£30 for all initial sessions then:
£45 - £75 for individuals
£55 - £85 for couples
This sliding scale is in recognition of the varying levels of income people may receive and you decide the appropriate fee for your financial circumstances and pay what you can afford to pay
All sessions are for 50 minutes