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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. I have also assisted on Babette Rothschild’s training programme. 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 vast experience of working with all trauma and PTSD; however in recent years it has become very obvious how different and unacknowledged medical trauma is, which is why I’ve chosen to specialise in this field. I have worked 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’ 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. Currently I’m the Lead Therapist for ‘In this 2gether’; educational therapy groups for those with a secondary breast cancer diagnosis, running across Wales, funded by Moondance and in association with Macmillan. In January 2019 I developed a pilot scheme ‘Cake & Counsel’; educational group therapy for those living with a chronic medical condition. This took place over a 10 month period, progress results were measured, collated and presented to a group of Health Care Professionals. The group is still running. Currently I’m working towards expanding the accessibility of secondary breast cancer groups across Wales, and will be introducing a service for primary breast cancer patients towards the end of 2022/beginning 2023. I’m also collaborating with Professor Michelle Flaum Hall, a US based medical trauma expert and Psychotherapist to raise awareness of medical trauma across the UK and further afield, so that patients can be treated with the respect and compassion they deserve. In 2023 I shall be completing the only medical trauma certificate in the world on-line from Xavier University in Ohio US, developed and delivered by Professor Flaum Hall.
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:
- CFT Foundation's 10th annual conference - 2021
- An intro to the theory & practice of CFT - 2021
- Compassion Focused Therapy for Pain Management - 2021
- 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
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone session
Private counselling for medical trauma in Cardiff
Heart 2 Hart Counselling provides specialist one-to-one personal therapy, tailor-made to suit you and your circumstances. We offer emotional support for medical trauma, trauma related anxiety, living with a cancer diagnosis or chronic health condition. Options also include zoom, or outdoors which is proving more popular with many clients.
For face-to-face sessions in a discreet and confidential setting, The Cyncoed Consulting Rooms (CCR) on the outskirts of Cardiff has been designed by healthcare professionals and has associations with Spire Hospital, offering the very best in private medical care. CCR provides a range of consulting and clinical services and is registered with the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. (For more information visit my profile on www.cyncoedconsultingrooms.co.uk)
Initial telephone consultation up to 30 mins: FREE
Therapy sessions: £85 (55 mins) zoom £95 outdoors/Consulting Rooms
Appointments are booked directly with Colette and payment is by direct transfer. Initial sessions are charged for in advance, and follow-up sessions can be invoiced weekly or monthly.
The number of sessions required depends entirely on your individual needs, and your initial assessment session. Regular mutual feedback means you can budget accordingly. It is suggested that sessions are weekly or fortnightly.
Please refer to our cancellation policy on the website. **
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......
When I work
Wednesday day & evening, Friday morning via zoom or face to face. (May vary)