"It is a Joy to be Hidden, and a Disaster not to be Found" D.W Winnicott.
Welcome to my page, my name is Amy and I am an experienced Psychotherapist, holding a Masters (MSc) degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I understand that lifes difficulties and challenges can feel overwhelming, life unsatisfying. People enter into psychotherapy for a number of reasons; low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, bereavement, loss, abuse, anger, childhood trauma, relational problems, loneliness and isolation. Not everyone knows what is bothering them, maybe you feel confused & unhappy without knowing why. Maybe you are struggling to make sense of your experiences or who you are, seeking help through psychotherapy can help to understand & resolve these feelings.
I am committed to offering therapy in a safe, confidential environment with no judgement, working with you and what you bring to your sessions to resolve what your facing.
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
Integrative psychotherapy means I work with individuals to enable the experience of life and others in the fullest way possible. Not believing in a one size fits all approach I draw from a blend of different theories for the individual you and your lived experience &to help you with the working through of issues.
I believe our relationships both current and historical play a core role in our well being, what may be troubling you now may be connected right back to your earliest experiences and the meaning they hold for you. I integrate object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology and aspects of humanistic psychology, along with somatic experiencing, the integrating of body awareness. The mind and body must be connected for full health and connection to both self and others, distressing physical symptoms may be related to trauma held in the body, or repressed, avoided and denied emotions. Working with embodied physiological symptoms can be essential for moving towards health and healing old wounds.
I have a specialist interest in long standing, complex issues, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, paranoia and psychosomatic symptoms.
If you have any questions or would like to have an initial chat please do get in touch. I offer an initial phone call which is given freely and would last around 15 minutes.
I am based near Spilsby, Lincolnshire, within easy access of Boston, Louth, Horncastle and Skegness, Lincoln and surrounding areas.
"Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" - Mary Oliver .
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Msc ( Masters of Science Integrative Psychotherapy) from Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and Staffordshire university. This involved 4 years of in-depth study, clinical work and research with all clinical work and research gaining distinctions. UKCP & BACP accredited.
PG Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and Staffordshire University. UKCP & BACP accredited.
Further training undertaken -
Working with complex trauma, PTSD and dissociation- Kathy Steele
Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors- Janina Fisher
A Masterclass - Psychotherapy for the Schizoid Process - Richard Erskine.
Shame obsession and habitual worrying- Richard Erskine
Re-decision therapy - Ian Stewart.
Beyond symptom; an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection - UKCP.
The Healing Power of Nature: A Trauma Informed Approach - Joanne Hanrahan.
Working with Boarding School Survivors - Karen Macmillan.
I am a member of an International Relational Group Process Group with Richard Erskine.
Affect Confusion, Cumulative Trauma and Attachment Disruptions: Psychotherapy for Borderline Disorders - Richard Erskine.
I am a member of an International Supervision and Process Group with Richard Erskine.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Early relational trauma.
I offer a limited number of low cost places to those who may otherwise struggle to access therapy.
There is free parking available at my private practice, based near the peaceful, historic market town of Spilsby.
I am a full clinical member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), I abide to all their ethical codes and hold full professional insurance.
I also hold an enhanced up to date DBS, formally known as a CRB check.