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 continue to undertake training, qualifying as a couples therapist in 2011, Focusing Oriented Therapist in 2015 and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in May 2016.
Somatic Experiencing is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. Trauma does not rest in the event but in the individuals nervous system and by paying attention to that, the 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 stay regulated and support each other in contrast to repeating patterns of unconsciously reacting to perceived triggers and threats.
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 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
Accredited IDAP Facilitator 2005 - Ministry of Justice
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 criminal justice, community music, performing musician and workshop leader, adult education in both local authority and voluntary sectors, domestic violence and abuse with both perpetrators and victims. Over the years I have explored many paths of growth and self development as a means of empowering myself including meditation, healing, performing musician in a diverse range of bands, arranger and composer, workshop facilitator, training in tantra, dance, visual arts, bodywork, voice work and as a counsellor and psychotherapist. In my work with clients both individually and in group workshops I have enjoyed experimenting with combining those elements of each that I personally find to be the most powerful tools for transformation.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couple / Relationship issues - how to move beyond repetitive patterns of behaviour that cause damage and move to a position of understanding and relating to the other with kindness and compassion, support each other in developing a willingness to work together as a team on the same side and find ways of resolving conflict that nourish and enhance the bond
Communication and relationship skills - How to say things in ways that are most likely to keep the dialogue with the other open, constructive and respectful even when addressing difficult issues. The words we use and the intention behind them will affect the outcome of any communication we have when we either feel listened to and heard and reach a mutually satisfying resolution of a problem or conversely escalating our concerns into further conflict that cannot be resolved. Knowing the difference 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 for help.
Domestic violence and abuse in intimate relationships for men / women / victims and perpetrators - 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 and 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.
£30 for initial session then £45 - £75 for individuals, £55 - £85 for couples for a 50 minute session according to what you can afford to pay
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday daytime and evenings and Friday mornings
Types of client