Alice Hartmann (Adv Dip, M.A., UKCP reg)
I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor (UKCP registered and supervised).
I passionately believe that we are all different in our ability to face our fears and build our lives.
Building a confidential relationship in which you can feel safe to express yourself and explore your experience is important to the work.
Psychotherapy is a relational space where you are invited to speak as openly as possible, and where you can feel understood, sometimes for the first time. It can help you get in touch with resources you may not think exist within you, make connections between present and past experience, and discover more compassionate ways of relating to yourself and others.
Gradually this kind of therapy may ease your pain, lessen your fears, improve your day-to-day life and how you experience your relationships. It can support you in gaining, or regaining control of some important aspects of your life and in connecting with your hopes and desires. It is likely to encourage 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. I use mindfulness techniques 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.
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
- M.A Humanities and Film Studies, La Sorbonne Paris (1995).
- Personal and professional development is a key part of my practice since 2005. I have attended other shorter courses in Attachment Research and the Neuroscience of Attachment, Trauma in the body, Non Violent Resistance (NVR), Mindfulness, Mentalisation, and more.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in how emotional states such such as rage, despair, 'indifference', shame and jealousy can be understood, and how to help manage these experiences in every day life and relationships.
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 early relational trauma on future life; with this in mind I am able to help people who have difficulties with motherhood/fatherhood.
Working as a therapist in another language I am drawn to the multilingual experience in the therapy room. I offer therapy in French.
My fee is £50 for a one-to-one session. Each lasts 50 minutes except the initial appointment which is 60 minute long.
Availability: Tuesdays 9.30am - 8pm, Wednesdays 9.30am - 6pm, Thursdays 9 am - 2pm, Fridays 9am - 2pm.
I come from France and have been in the UK for 20 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 mindfulness based therapies.
I provide a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||I also practice in French|
I am available on Tuesdays 9.30am - 8pm, Wednesdays 9.30am - 3pm, Thursdays 9 am - 2pm, Fridays 10am - 2pm
Types of client