Cathy Lasher, UKCP accredited
I am a relational and integrative body-focussed psychotherapist, offering both individual therapy and supervision.
'Relational' means that we have a relationship which has elements in it which reflect other, earlier relationships you have had in your life - and we work with that. Also, the therapeutic encounter impacts on, and potentially changes, both participants. If this meeting is to be real, I must also bring my vulnerability and humility to the meeting, as well as my experience and strength.
'Integrative' means that I have learned many different theoretical models and developed a way of working which has been woven from the threads of many different constructs.
'Body-focussed' is based on the idea that the body and the character develop at the same time. It also means that I believe the separation of 'body' from 'mind' is artificial, and therefore it may be helpful to think more holistically, about the 'bodymind', and not make either aspect superior to the other. It means that we might be as interested in our work tougher in 'body' as we are in verbal reports of the 'mind'. It also means that it isn't always necessary to be able to verbalise what is going on. In practical terms it means that we may use movement, we may focus on presence or absence of body sensation, we may bring awareness to breath, and we may occasionally use touch in our work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Body psychotherapy training, diploma - Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy
Post graduate certificate in supervision to level 7 - University of Derby
Trainer in Reflective Therapeutic Practice at The Metanoia Institute
I trained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in Ealing, which was a holistic and integrative training. This means that I am not restricted to a single approach or theoretical model in my work.
I am continually striving to integrate many different approaches to psychotherapy, including humanistic approaches such as gestalt and body psychotherapy, as well as relational psychoanalysis, object relations, attachment theory. I also have an interest in emerging knowledge such as neuroscience, as well as recently-evolving thinking about psychological development and health.
My experience and training as a coach and coach supervisor also help me to bring those skills into the therapy room as appropriate, where they can be useful in addressing what we might call current, 'local' issues, issues that may be preventing or hindering our work at deeper levels.
As an integrative, relational therapist I am well placed to work with therapists and counsellors who work in different modalities. I am a passionate expert in reflective therapeutic practice, and have been teaching degree courses in this at The Metanoia Institute for a number of years. I bring that passion to supervision work, to help you with a rigorous, shared process of reflection that will support you as a competent and autonomous practitioner.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
for therapy - £55/hour (Nottingham), £65/hour (London)
by agreement for supervision
How to choose a therapist
Therapy is, by its very nature, an intensely personal experience. It is important to choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. It is perfectly acceptable to speak to or meet several therapists before making a choice.
You might want to consider whether you prefer to work with a man or a woman, the age and experience of the therapist with whom you would feel most comfortable, what you expect in terms of their experience. You may also want to consider administrative factors such as their location, fee structure and the times they have available.
How to choose a supervisor
Much of what is written above about how to choose a therapist applies here too. You will benefit most from working with someone who makes it 'safe enough to feel unsafe', so that you can explore fully in supervision what really matters to you and come to the 'best' ways forward.
What to do next
Get in touch. I am happy to offer a short telephone consultation so you can decide whether or not you would like to meet me. Or come for an initial session. We can both use the first session to see if it would be good to work together, if we are a good 'fit'.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays only. Some early morning or evening appointments available on weekdays. Also happy to work via skype.
Supervision & training
As an integrative, relational therapist I am well placed to work with therapists and counsellors who work in different modalities.