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About me

Hello, I am pleased to provide a confidential space for you, where you will be respected, listened to and importantly heard. To freely share what maybe challenging you, causing you distress and unhappiness.

I'm known by my fellow colleagues to be an open-minded, easy to talk to person who aims to build strong and supportive relationships with my clients. My approach is collaborative; I have trained in many psychological theories and viewpoints, which means I work alongside each individual, incorporating the best approaches appropriate to and dependent on your needs.

Life difficulties, can be isolating, overwhelming and unbearable. You may feel persistently emotionally troubled, anxious, depressed, entangled, and have nowhere to turn; have a feeling of emptiness or numbness, loss of meaning, loss of identity/purpose, lack of motivation and hopeless feelings. Do you struggle to say ‘no’ to others or feel guilt when you have done nothing wrong, have depression or chronic anxiety and restlessness? Maybe you have difficulties with trust or relating to others, either personally or in your working life. Perhaps you are someone who feels not good enough, or has an overwhelming sense of responsibility, low self-esteem and self-worth, or a constant feeling of being overwhelmed by life, confusion, paralysis, emptiness, depression, and chasing highs. You may not ‘feel’ or be living your entitlement to a better life. Perhaps you have been told that you are ‘too sensitive’ or maybe you feel deeply misunderstood, feel shame and or strongly criticise yourself. Perhaps you have unpredictable mood swings, anger outbursts or are sensitive to criticism and feel rejected or fear being abandoned by others or perhaps emotionally over-react to situations. Maybe you are repeatedly drawn to the same type of partner/ relationship over and over whilst not having your own needs attended to: Becoming overly responsible for things that happen between you.

Do you experience patterns of impulsive, compulsive and self sabotaging behaviours that are not aligned with who you want to be? have suicidal thoughts, self harm? Feel isolated and alienated by others? Perhaps you are finding it hard to come to terms with a life changing experience, for example bereavement, divorce, infidelity, separation or occupation loss. You may have concerns about your emotional life or feel frustrated, dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to cope with other losses and suffer from deprivations from your past; fear of abandonment or with difficult, perhaps abusive, relationships.

Maybe you struggle with perfectionism, chronic restlessness, overdrive, unable to relax or to take in pleasure. Perhaps you have a feeling of being numb and empty or experience emotions erupting suddenly and uncontrollably. Do you suffer from existential guilt and despair, feeling hopeless and powerless in the face of uncertainties in life?

How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help?

An importance placed on a person's thoughts, feelings, circumstances and experiences can access deeper understanding of oneself and others. This will help you to discover more positive ways of coping to better equip you with facing life's challenges. Whilst counselling cannot change the past, it can help you to reclaim it differently to create a better present and future.

Our work together should not be just about finding solutions but supporting you to thrive. We may address the past, the pain of life difficulties, relational challenges, and many other unhappy aspects of life. However, we also want to think about you living well and thriving. So it is my endeavour with you to talk about your hopes and dreams, to help you realise your potential, spontaneity, energy and zest for life: creating an improvement in health and well-being.

    'The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are' Carl Jung

I provide therapy for adults, couples and young people. I work with various therapy mediums, face to face, online, telephone and via email. My training and experience is influenced by Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Jungian, Attachment & Developmental Theories and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T).  This allows me to draw from a wide range of theories which an be tailored to individual needs.

I have my own private practice (Butterfly Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have previously worked for the National Health Service and for two different counselling charity organisations.

The following are some of my areas of experience:

  • Relationship issues
  • Affairs and Betrayal
  • Unresolved Childhood issues
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Borderline Personality Disorder/ Pervasive Emotional Intensity Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relational / family issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep issues
  • Bereavement
  • Self Harm
  • Difficulty Expressing or Managing feelings
  • Anger and anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling 'stuck' and looking for direction
  • Support through a life difficulty


LOCATION

I have two practices, based in Stowmarket and Newmarket. Located in easy reach of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Fordham, Ely, Soham, Isleham, Burwell, Mildenhall and surrounding villages.

I also offer online therapy.


Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy FdA Degree

Ba (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling

Continued professional development training includes: The study of the Neuroscience of Attachment. I have studied interventions that can help clients feel safe when processing traumatic memory, to speed healing and reduce symptoms.

Polyvagal Theory (comprehensive understandings of our autonomic nervous systems influence upon, interpersonal trauma and behaviours and psychological processes). My study teaches practical applications and creative ways to settle distress within a person, to help them transition into the state in which they are most likely to heal.

The body's critical role in treatment of trauma/interpersonal trauma/PTSD. Understanding the role and importance of Neuroscience in psychotherapy.  Understanding the complexity of our social engagement with others.

Couples Therapy,

Domestic Violence

Mindfulness, comprehensive breathing techniques

Anger Management

Jungian Analysis and Dreamwork

Working with shame

I have also trained in various holistic healing modalities such as Mindfulness and the study of nutrition and Physiology and Anatomy and understanding the energy of emotions,




Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have studied interventions that can help clients feel safe when processing traumatic memory, to speed healing and reduce symptoms.

Polyvagal Theory (comprehensive understandings of our autonomic nervous systems influence upon, interpersonal trauma and behaviours and psychological processes). My study teaches practical applications and creative ways to settle distress within a person, to help them transition into the state in which they are most likely to heal.

The body's critical role in treatment of trauma/interpersonal trauma/PTSD. Understanding the role and importance of Neuroscience in psychotherapy.

Couples Therapy,

Domestic Violence

Mindfulness, comprehensive breathing techniques

Anger Management

Jungian Analysis and Dreamwork

Working with shame

I have also trained in various holistic healing modalities such as Mindfulness and the study of nutrition, genetics, physiology and anatomy.



Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees


£50 per 60 minute individual session.

£55 per 60 minute session for couples.


Whatever your reason for considering counselling and psychotherapy, it can be an amazing experience that helps you move forward to where you would like to be in life. I understand that taking the first steps to looking after yourself and entering into counselling is not easy. Finding the right therapist for ‘you’ is so important; you should feel a sense of trust, rapport and be able to communicate with your therapist.  The therapeutic relationship is of the uppermost importance to me. I am happy to talk on the telephone, or if you prefer you can email me or text me, so you can get a sense of me before we meet, to help you find out if you feel comfortable with me, share what troubles you, ask questions and explore how therapy can work for you.


I offer face to face counselling but recognise that not everyone is able to physically attend sessions. In respect of this online, telephone and email therapy is available.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I have worked with and supported clients their experience of difficulties with emotional intensity (loss of and overwhelming), emotional sensitivity, managing anger; self-criticism; self-esteem difficulties and confidence issues; depression and anxiety; self-harm; bereavement, grief and loss; loss of emotion and overwhelming emotion; separation and divorce; relationship issues; sexual abuse, trauma; dissociation, PTSD; the effects of bullying; experiences of guilt and shame; suicidal thoughts, intrusive thoughts, existential challenges, major life changes and transitioning through.






Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB7

Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Monday-Friday daytime and evening. Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations

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Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)

Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)