Abigail Pleasant ~ Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist ~ BA, MA, UKCP, PGCE
Why have therapy with me?
Welcome. I have a passion for supporting people who seek personal change and growth; I believe that the therapeutic relationship is integral to change and healing. I provide a space to explore unconscious materials; a non-judgmental ear to speak in confidence with about difficult experiences; an attentive space to understand your feelings and the patterns that are holding you back from living a fulfilling life, where you feel able to be the best version of yourself. I do believe that we are all on a life journey with our own unique stories: our past shapes us but it need not define us; psychotherapy with a skilled practitioner can support you to lead a more fulfilling and authentic life. I am committed to facilitate self-transformation through a trusting therapeutic relationship, to explore your own issues at your own pace. My approach to therapy is to help you develop self-awareness and to support you to have a deeper connection and level of contact with yourself and others. I am compassionate, relational and insightful. I work in a holistic way with all aspects of you; your feelings, thought processes, behaviour, cultural identity and spirituality.
Who is therapy for?
I believe that the human experience inevitably entails suffering and pain and so psychotherapy can be beneficial to anyone at certain points in their life: to quote the famous poet Rumi: "The wound is the place where the light enters you," enabling a fuller and richer existence. Here are some reasons that prompt people to seek therapy - although this list is by no means exhaustive:
- Personal or spiritual growth.
- Life challenges.
- Relationship difficulties.
- A sense of dis-ease or disconnection.
- Difficult childhood experiences.
- Traumatic events.
- Losses & Bereavements.
- Overwhelming emotions.
- Making important or difficult decisions.
- Behaviours or repetitive patterns that you would like to change.
- Self-defeating or obsessive thoughts.
- Self-criticism and self-doubt.
How to get in touch:
It is understandable to feel anxious about making the first step; phone or message today to arrange your free consultation and you may find it is more beneficial and less scary than you thought!
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
I am a humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist. I completed my Masters in Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute in 2005 and have 15 years experience working with a diverse range of adults and young people. I am a member of UKCP, which provides me with an ethical framework. I offer remote appointments via Zoom. I offer face to face appointments in a safe and confidential space to explore the issues that are personal to you, in a quiet space situated in Mapperly Park: it is easily accessible via bus, car or by foot.
Therapy & Specialisms:
I work with most issues; here are some of the areas I have a particular interest in:
- Sadness and feelings of unhappiness.
- Childhood trauma and family relationships.
- Generalised anxiety and depression.
- Womanhood and identity as a woman.
- Fertility, womb space and feelings about our womb.
- Complex bereavement including baby loss.
- Difficulty in coming to terms with life's changes.
- Young adults
- Students in Higher Education.
- Trainee psychotherapists.
- Spiritual wounding and awakening.
- Relationship difficulties.
- Culture, ethnicity, race and identity.
- Trauma & Abuse.
- Social Anxiety.
- Health Anxiety
- Autism and Asperges.
- Special educational needs in primary schools.
As part of my training and personal journey, I have engaged in over 7 years of therapy and gained an in-depth personal understanding of the therapeutic process myself; this has enabled me to work at emotional depth with clients. I have worked with many individuals over the past 15 years; some examples of my experience include: young people and university students at the University of Sheffield, psychotherapy trainees, woman issues and sexual issues, emotional instability, feelings of worthlessness, social anxiety, abuse, perfectionism, mother issues, trauma and bereavement; including: still birth, fertility and baby-loss. I have also worked on a weight-loss immersion camp, as a behavioural coach, supporting people to develop healthy sustainable habits.
Additionally, I have much experience of working in diverse educational settings and with SEN in primary schools; I have delivered psycho-educational play-based activities to support children with emotional, social and behavioural issues, as well as speech and language needs.
Continued Professional Development:
I continually develop myself through research, short training courses and reading. My original training forms the foundation of my way of working; I also incorporate other approaches depending on the needs of the client. These are some of the additional areas I have gained a working knowledge of:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Weight Loss and behavioural immersion
Polyvagal theory in relation to trauma response
Body psychotherapy approaches
Play-based and creative approaches
Working with young people
Love and Fear in Supervision
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
During our first meeting, we will discuss your reasons for coming to therapy, discuss past historical issues, present issues and whether we will work together.
- Long term psychotherapy, which is ongoing and usually involves a weekly session.
- Solution Focused and Stress Buster bundles of 12 sessions.
Initial consultation - FREE. Offer only available to those enquiring directly through Counselling Directory: please quote reference Spring1 to qualify. Offer valid from 1st March until 31st May 2021.
£40 Concessionary rate for students and psychotherapy trainees - per 50 minute session.
£45 Standard rate - per 50 minute session.
You can contact me via email by pressing the message button at the top of this page or get in touch via phone; leave a voicemail or text message if you prefer. I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible and within 24 - 48 hours. We will arrange a first meeting and talk about what you want to get out of therapy; if you are happy to continue, I will set up a second session and arrange for regular meetings at a mutually convenient time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Concessions offered for
- Online sessions are available via Zoom.
- In light of the pandemic, face to face sessions will be available when these are deemed safe to resume.