Colette Hart PG Dip MBACP (Heart 2 Hart Solutions)
Hi I’m Colette, a Psychotherapist specialising in trauma, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. I offer compassion and understanding to those experiencing anxiety and stress from any traumatic incident, including sexual, physical & psychological abuse and bereavement. I also specialise in working with those who are living with a diagnosis of cancer, and have a particular interest in supporting patients who have experienced medical trauma.
Medical trauma is unique in that it is often misunderstood as a trauma in its own right and categorised as a general anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. Both these conditions as well as other symptoms may be connected, but medical trauma focuses on understanding the nature and effects of anxiety and trauma which occurs from direct contact with the medical setting. Examples may be a chronic life changing illness, a life threatening diagnosis, or a routine operation that has impacted on you in a negative way, leaving a fear of the hospital environment. Anything medically related that causes an unwelcome change in circumstances and quality of life can make us feel depressed, anxious, isolated and frightened, as we struggle to adjust.
When encountering any kind of trauma it is not unusual to experience a sense of not 'belonging' in our own skin, and a loss of our sense of 'self' or identity, which can feel unsafe and fearful. A specialist service offering emotional support at a time when we are at our most vulnerable can offer enormous relief and help us to cope better.
Personal and professional experience of trauma has instilled a passion and dedication in me to help those who have been similarly affected. As an integrative and cognitive behavioural therapist I work with a variety of models tailor made to suit you and your unique situation, utilising visual and creative techniques, cognitive adjustment, and your ways of relating; to others, to your past and to the present. At all times I offer you empathy and compassion and our work is always collaborative, ensuring you have a safe space in which to explore your trauma, which can be challenging as well as liberating, but ultimately helps you gain control back in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
As an integrative, cognitive and somatic trauma therapist I offer a comprehensive, holistic and compassionate way of working with trauma. Uniquely in South Wales I favour Babette Rothschild’s approach, having completed a years training with the US trauma specialist in London, and I’m proud to see these methods working so effectively with my private trauma clients.
I have experience in working with medical trauma, living with a cancer diagnosis, grief, bereavement and loss, sudden child bereavement, sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic & anxiety attacks, and trauma associated anxiety and depressive symptoms.
I also have experience of working within the Cardiff & Vale NHS health board addressing issues of single and complex trauma and PTSD. I am the therapist for the ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer’ group for the South Wales division of Breast Cancer Care/Breast Cancer Now, and have provided a number of workshops on communication and relationships after a diagnosis, as well as coping with anxiety for those living with primary breast cancer.
In January 2019 I introduced a pilot scheme under my ‘Counselling with Cake’ umbrella; educational group therapy for those living with a chronic medical condition. We will be collating the evidence of improved mental health within the group so we may apply for funding for future group work in the specialist area of medical trauma.
I am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), a member of BACP Health Care, and a member of MIND. I have personal liability insurance with Towergate, am ICO registered and compliant with GDPR.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: University of South Wales
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Studies
Continuous professional Development:
- working with Somatic Trauma 2018-2019
- Compassion Focused Therapy for shame based trauma and PTSD July 2018
- UK Psychological Trauma Society Annual Regional Conference on Trauma 2017
- Cognitive therapy for PTSD: Ellis & Clark model
- Growing around grief: implications for practice
- UK Psychological Trauma Society Annual Regional Conference on Trauma 2016
- Two Minds are better than One: Relational Mindfulness
- Working with Trauma in the Body & Mind
- Building Resilience in Therapists
- Working with Sexualised Trauma
- An approach to working more safely with trauma
- Working Safely & Professionally with Erotic Transference/Counter Transference
- Mental Health Awareness
- Embodied Counter-Transference
- ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Training
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance Misuse
- Personality Disorder
- Brief Therapy
- Child Protection
Current on-going :
- Somatic trauma therapy; Babette Rothschild, 2018/2019
- Hypnotherapy & Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management in Business Diploma
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
The Cyncoed Consulting Rooms have been designed by healthcare professionals, work in association with Spire Hospital and offer the very best in private medical care. They provide a range of consulting and clinical services and are registered with the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
Initial telephone consultation up to 30 minutes: FREE
Therapy sessions: £75 (60 mins)
Appointments are booked directly with myself and payment can be made to the Consulting Rooms at the time of your appointment.
The number of sessions required depends entirely on your individual needs, and your initial assessment session together with regular mutual feedback means you can budget accordingly. It is suggested that sessions are weekly or fortnightly. Please feel free to contact me with any queries on 07903 457205 or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We kindly request our 24 hour cancellation policy be adhered to otherwise a 50% charge will be incurred. (see policy on our website)
I look forward to meeting you and sharing your experience......
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday afternoon and evening
Types of client