Charlotte Williams MBACP (Accred.)
I first came across psychotherapy when my mother was depressed many years ago. I wanted to understand her, my family and myself better. I have always been interested in human development - what makes us grow up as we do. My training has led me to encourage clients to be curious about themselves, rather than to judge or criticise themselves.
I have 20 years' experience working with people from many different backgrounds and believe that self-acceptance is a vital part of change. I offer a safe and welcoming environment in which we can explore your life together. You may have a particular issue you want help with or you may want an opportunity to explore feelings and habits that have been with you for a very long time. Our work together can encompass both of these.
In your first session I will ask you about yourself and what has made you come for therapy at this point in your life. This is so that we can understand the most important focus for the counselling. I will let you know if I think I can help you and ask you to take a few days to consider if I am the right therapist for you. We will discuss together if you want your therapy to be for a specific period or on-going - I often start with a programme of six sessions, then review. I work in Forest Row and Lewes in East Sussex and also in Bethnal Green, London E2.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was trained at the Gestalt Centre, London and have a Diploma in Counselling.
My previous training was in bodywork psychotherapy and I am particularly interested in how a person's emotional history is expressed through the way they carry themselves physically and energetically. Having an awareness of how energy moves within us can shed light on many aspects of life we were previously unaware of. I have 12 years' experience of working with people to help them explore these energetic processes.
As a Jewish woman whose parents' lives were deeply affected by the Holocaust, I have personal experience of 'cultural trauma', trauma that can be carried down through different generations of a community or population. Many people living in the UK today are the children or grandchildren of people who have fled here from situations of terrible persecution. The future generations may not have experienced the trauma personally, but they have grown up in the shadow of it and in the atmosphere of it, almost breathing it in. I am very interested in working with people who have experienced some of this in their family and in helping them come to terms with this in their own life.
Likewise, many people in the UK live in two cultures, that of their parents and that of their peers, colleagues and friends. This dual cultural identity can lead to living a split life, which causes stress and anxiety as well as anger, frustration and guilt. This is an area of great interest to me.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 per session of 50 minutes.
I have two places for people who cannot afford the full fee. This is usually for a period of 3 months and is negotiated between us, according to your circumstances.