Hi I’m Colette, a Psychotherapist providing a dedicated medical trauma service for adults, offering specialist emotional support for all medical related issues and diagnoses in South Wales, including living with a chronic health condition or cancer. 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 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 therapist embracing the models of compassion focused, cognitive behavioural and somatic trauma therapy, 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 post graduate training with the US trauma specialist in London, and I’m proud to see these methods working so effectively with my private trauma clients. 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
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 was the therapist for the ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer’ group for the South Wales division of Breast Cancer Now for 3 years, 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 and secondary breast cancer. In January 2019 I introduced a pilot scheme ‘Cake & Counsel’; educational group therapy for those living with a chronic medical condition. This took place over a 10 month period and the positive results collected and presented to a group of Health Care Professionals in 2020. Currently I am applying for funding to roll this programme out across South Wales for all those living with medical trauma or chronic health conditions. I’m also collaborating with a colleague to establish a unique group therapy programme for secondary breast cancer patients under the Macmillan umbrella starting in the Spring of 2021, and finally, I’m collaborating with Professor Michelle Flaum Hall, a US based medical trauma expert to raise awareness of this condition across the UK and further afield, so that patients can be treated with the respect and compassion they deserve.
I am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I have personal liability insurance with Towergate, a current DBS certificate, 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:
- Compassion Focused Therapy for Groups - 2021
- Working with Groups - PD on-line course BACP
- Moving your practice on-line; Online Therapy Institute - 2020
- On-line resources; safeguarding & managing risk through digital media - BACP 2020
- Working with Suicide & Self Harm: Carolyn Spring 2020
- Peer supervision with Babette Rothchild 2020
- Making Trauma Therapy Safer - assisting Babette Rothschild 2019
- 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
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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)
Please refer to our cancellation policy on the website. **
Appointments are booked directly with myself and payment can be made to the Consulting Rooms by card at the time of your appointment if having face to face sessions. Zoom sessions are paid directly to me via paypal or direct transfer.
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) www.heart2hartsolutions.co.uk
I look forward to meeting you and sharing your experience......
Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Zoom consults Tuesday & Friday