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About me

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with 12 years experience working in Mental Health. During COVID-19, I offer sessions online.

I can work with severe and enduring psychological trauma or with more common difficulties such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

Psychotherapy is a relational space where you can feel understood with all your feelings, sometimes for the first time. Gradually you can make meaningful connections between present and past experiences to understand your pain and fears. You may discover new, often more compassionate ways of relating, to yourself, and in your relationships. This in turn can improve your day-to-day life, and help you to gain or regain control of some important aspects of your life. Psychotherapy encourages long-lasting positive change.

The length of this process will depend on what you want to address or change in your life and on how you wish to approach therapy; whether by focusing on particular issues within a specific time frame and/or by looking more deeply at underlying issues. It is usual for therapy to take weeks (12 to 24 weeks); it can also take months or years. It is an individual experience.

Sometimes the hardest thing is to begin the therapeutic journey.

My work is informed by psychodynamic and attachment research as well as how to effectively work with psychological trauma. Together we aim to support a deeper and gentler way into connecting body and mind processes - we are at our best when they come together. My approach to you will be holistic and I aim to adapt to every person's needs and rhythm.

I am LGBTQ Affirmative.

Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma (5 years, M.A. Equivalent) in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Minster Centre, London (2011) - see www.minstercentre.org for more information
- One Year Infant Observation - APPCIOS/Tavistock (2018)
- Foundation Course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT (2012)
- I co-facilitated a weekly a self-harm support group in Brighton for two years in the NHS
- Personal and professional development is a key part of my practice since 2005. I have attended other courses in PTSD, Attachment Research and the Neuroscience of attachment and trauma, Body Psychotherapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), Mindfulness, and more.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma (5 years, M.A. Equivalent) in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Minster Centre, London (2011) - see www.minstercentre.org for more information
  • One year Infant Observation - APPCIOS/Tavistock
  • Foundation Course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 2012
  • I co-facilitated a weekly a self-harm support group in Brighton for two years in the NHS
  • Personal and professional development is a key part of my practice since 2005. I have attended other courses in Attachment and the Neuroscience of Attachment and trauma, Body Psychotherapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), Mindfulness, and more.
  • M.A Humanities and Film Studies, La Sorbonne Paris (1995).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in the impact of childhood separation anxiety, and in the experience of real and perceived abandonment on later life and relationships.

I also have a special interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse, women and men.

Somatisation and working with people who have Chronic Fatigue or ME is an area I have expertise in.

Another special interest of mine is in intergenerational issues and the impact of relational trauma in infancy; with this in mind I am also able to help people who have difficulties with motherhood/fatherhood, maternal ambivalence.

Working as a therapist in another language I am drawn to the multilingual experience in the therapy room. I offer therapy in French.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information

My fee is £50 for a one-to-one session. Each lasts 50 minutes except the initial appointment which is 60 minutes.
Availability: I currently have limited availability on a Friday morning.

Availability

I am available on Tuesdays 9.30am - 8pm, Wednesdays 9.30am - 3pm, Thursdays 9 am - 2pm, Fridays 10am - 2pm

Further information

I come from France and have been in the UK for 22 years.

I can work with you in English or in French if your native language is French.
I am a member of the Multilingual Psychotherapy Centre.

My training was extremely rigorous and enriching. I receive regular supervision.

Alongside my private practice I co-facilitated for two years a self-harm support group every week in a recovery centre until the service had to stop earlier in 2014. I have provided long and short term work within the NHS, often for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. I have worked with specialists in women's health, sexual health and fertility (NHS Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic). I have also worked with people of all ages undergoing important life transitions.

I draw on psychoanalytic and attachment theories, as well as trauma and mentalisation based therapies.

I provide a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential environment.

17 Melville Road
Near Seven Dials
Brighton
BN3 1TH

23 New Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1UG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Languages offered

I am fluent in English and French and work in both

Alice Hartmann, Psychotherapist  (U.K.C.P)

Alice Hartmann, Psychotherapist (U.K.C.P)