P. Alun Mountford - Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
I am a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over twenty years of experience.
Why might we want to change? What might be the reason we are considering therapy? It may be the recognition that we live in the present yet continue to be effected by the past and often uncertain or even fearful of the future. Although we cannot change the past we can begin to change our relationship with it. Equally we do not know what the future might hold but we can begin to rehearse in the present for the challenges we may anticipate when the future arrives. However, it is often our present situation that brings us to therapy. This can be the recognition that old coping strategies are not working. We may feel overwhelmed by events and difficult emotions, and that we need to find a new way of being in the world and moving forward. It may be difficulties in our relationships, past and present, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and a desire to connect in a more grounded way with those around us and with ourselves. Psychotherapy may be an opportunity to do just that.
I have worked extensively with both individuals and groups and have become particularly interested in how we take what we learn in psychotherapy to develop a new way of living and interacting with the world. I use creative and action-based methods to explore personal and interpersonal dynamics in a safe and supportive way with a view to developing new life skills.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychodrama psychotherapist with the Oxford School of Psychodrama in the late 1990's qualifying in 2002. Since then I have worked extensively as a psychotherapist in a therapeutic community and in private practice addressing issues of; trauma; anger; aggression; substance misuse; self-esteem; attachment styles; personal growth and relationships.
I am registered with the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and am also a UKCP registered psychotherapist.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am a registered Clinical Supervisor with over ten years of experience. I provide Skype as well as face to face supervision.