I am a Senior Accredited Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Supervisor, and have worked in private practice for 10 years. I offer a professional and confidential Psychotherapy, Counselling and Hypnotherapy service for a number of mental and emotional issues to couples, adults, children and young people.
Sometimes life can be particularly challenging and confusing, and you may feel that you no longer can cope on your own. You may have reached a crisis point in your life and feel that you can no longer live with the problem. You may feel that you are not comfortable discussing these issues with friends or family or because of the fragmented and broken society we live in, you may find that you have no-one you can talk to. Feeling alone can only make the problem seem insurmountable and can ultimately hold you back in some way or another.
As an Integrative therapist, I enjoy working eclectically, drawing on different therapeutic approaches such as CBT, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches. Transactional Analysis is the therapeutic approach that informs my work the most as a therapist. This approach is underpinned by the philosophy that people have intrinsic worth and value, that with the help of therapy they can change unhelpful thinking patterns and ineffective behaviours and habits and find creative solutions and strategies to make positive changes in their lives.
How Does Therapy Work?
Therapy is not a magic cure to all of your problems but will provide you with a warm, supportive and safe space in which you can freely and fully express, explore and clarifying your feelings and thoughts in a relaxed and nonthreatening way.
As your therapist, I will help you to make sense of your present circumstances and encourage you to "unmuddle" and organise your thoughts and feelings, enabling you to gain a clearer and more objective perspective of your life and goals. I may need to work Psychodynamically, incorporating Inner Child Healing work to help you to understand how your past shapes and affects your present condition and the way in which you engage with yourself, others and your world, to help you find healing from the past and develop the life skills to better cope on a daily basis.
In order to move towards your future, I may help you to set realistic goals, make informed choices and explore useful tools and strategies which will help you find ways of coping better. I may encourage you to evaluate and reassess unhelpful behaviours, explore ways you can take positive action and maintain these positive changes in different areas of your life. Ultimately, therapy offers support and encouragement to you as you discover, explore and realise your true, unlimited potential.
Therapy is not just about recovery but discovery - discovering new ways of thinking, coping, responding and of being. It is not about controlling your future, but about empowerment. It is about enabling you to develop the capacity to maintain these changes, to confidently make choices and accept the consequences and in so doing move into your future with a renewed sense of hope and purpose.
Some of the areas I offer support in are: weight-loss, smoking cessation, anxiety disorders and phobias, OCD, stress-management, pain-management, motivation and confidence building, relationship issues, anger-management, PTSD, trauma, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, public speaking and self-esteem and building resilience. I am also a hypnobirthing practitioner.
Today you have taken the first step to making positive changes in your life, the beginning of your journey into a less stressful and more promising and fulfilling future. Although change is necessary, it can also be overwhelming and finding the appropriate support and resources to assist you in working through your feelings and exploring effective and beneficial solutions to your problems will help lessen the load.
As a therapist, I combine my skills in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and coaching, as well as my own personal and work-related experiences to provide my clients with a unique package to help them love the life they live and live the life they love.
If you would like to chat to me further about how therapy can help you overcome obstacles in your life and create a future that is more balanced and fulfilled, I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge.
Training, qualifications & experience
Who I Am
My name is Chalene and I am an experienced Senior Accredited Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Supervisor, and have worked in private practice for 10 years. I previously have worked as a Drama and English teacher in South Africa, gaining invaluable experience working with children from disadvantaged and troubled backgrounds incorporating both theatre and drama therapy into my work.
I have worked as a Hypnotherapist at the Northampton Clinic and a Counsellor for Mind in Rushden.
Working extensively in the video, TV and film industry and running my own production company has given me invaluable insight into the issues facing women in the industry today from struggling with issues around sexism, maintaining a work/life balance, overcoming feelings of guilt returning to work, starting or running a business and improving health and fitness. Having worked with creative people both in the profession and as a counsellor and coach, I have helped and supported artists explore ways in which they can better flourish in their industry; overcoming fear of rejection, stage fright, improving health and personal body image, learning to quiet negative self-talk and to grow in confidence.
I have a Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy. I have my level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision with CPCAB and worked as a Supervisor at Bower House.
I am also Senior Accredited member of both the National Counselling Society (MCS Acc.) and the National Hypnotherapy Society (LHS) and follow the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy set by the associations.
I have an enhanced DBS which is updated yearly.
Career and Personal Development
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Transactional Analysis 102
- Introduction to Mindfulness 8 week course
- Working with Children and Young People using Creative Mediums -NCS
- Working with Sandtray
- Treating Chronic Stress - MindBody
- Introduction to Internal Family Systems
- The Trauma Counsellor' Toolbox with Christine Sanderson
- Post Natal Mental Health practitioners – National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
- Hypnobirthing Practioner - Inner Power Hypnobirthing
- Psychogenic Pain Control with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CCBT)
- The Art of Counselling Children and Young People - Opals
- Understanding Dissociation and Complex Dissociation Disorders (DID) - FPP
- Solution Focused Therapy - Mind
- Hearing Voices - Mind
- NLP Coaching
- NLP Practioner Course
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge so that we can meet and discuss your goals for therapy and determine whether we can work together to achieve your goals. We will also discuss the treatment options that would work best for you.
Psychotherapy and Counselling
1 Session (50 min) - £ 50
1 Session for couples (50min) - £ 65
30 minute Booster Therapy Session - £30
Smoking Cessation (2 hrs) - £ 150
1 Session (60min) - £ 60
Hypno-band - £340 (see website for more details)
For coaching fees and discounts offered on block bookings please contact me or visit my website.
Monday - Friday - daytime Monday - Thursday - evenings
If we are able to think differently, we will be able to behave differently and ultimately achieve different results.