Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)
As a therapist I provide a caring and safe place to help you explore your life pain and difficulties. Confidential, professional, non-judgemental support in a space where you will be respected, listened to and importantly heard. The sessions are a time for you to be able to re-evaluate and freely share with me what maybe causing you distress. Helping to empower you with strategies, helping you and your relationship with life transform and grow with knowledge, insight, solutions, choices and freedom from the weight of life problems.
I understand how life difficulties can be isolating and unhappy experiences. You may feel persistently emotionally troubled, entangled, and have nowhere to turn; have a feeling of emptiness or numbness, lack of meaning, 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 relating to others, either personally or in your working life. 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.
Do you experience Self sabotaging behaviours? have suicidal thoughts, self harm? impulsive or compulsion actions? 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, separation or occupation loss. You may have concerns about your emotional life or feel frustrated and unfulfilled. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to cope with other losses and suffer from deprivations from your past; or with difficult, perhaps abusive, relationships.
How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help?
Working with importance placed on a person's thoughts, feelings, circumstances and experience accesses deeper understanding of oneself and aids lasting change and true healing. A focus on physical, emotional and behavioural levels (Integrative therapy) attends to ALL levels of a person’s being, their physical, psychological, spiritual aspects, their relationships and their environment.
Gaining insight along a transforming journey, will help enable a full real life to be shaped, filled with joy, success, gain insight into loss of direction, personal meaning and also can improve health.
I provide integrative psychotherapy and counselling for adults, couples and young people. My training and experience works with a wide range of difficulties and issues (listed below). 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.
- Relationship issues
- Affairs and Betrayal
- Unresolved Childhood issues
- Separation and Divorce
- Developmental Trauma
- Sexual Abuse
- Borderline Personality Disorder/ Pervasive Emotional Intensity Disorder
- Relational / family issues
- Sleep issues
- Self Harm
- Difficulty Expressing or Managing feelings
- Anger and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling 'stuck' and looking for direction
- Support through a life difficulty
Located in easy reach of Fordham, Ely, Soham, Isleham, Burwell, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and surrounding villages.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Integrative Counselling FdA Degree
Ba (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling
Continued professional development training includes:
Neuroscience of Attachment. We know that trauma/interpersonal trauma changes the brain. I have studied interventions that can help clients feel safe when processing traumatic memory. My understanding in the brain’s role can 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.
- Sand tray therapy
- Anger Management
Working with trauma/PTSD in my practice I begin the process by helping my clients to first notice and then describe the feelings in their bodies—not emotions such as anger or anxiety or fear but the physical sensations beneath the emotions: pressure, heat, muscular tension, tingling, caving in, feeling hollow, and so on. I also work on identifying the sensations associated with relaxation or pleasure. I help them become aware of their breath, their gestures and movements. I’m this process the mind needs to be reeducated to feel physical sensations, and the body needs to be helped to tolerate and with practice, to connect their physical sensations to psychological events. Then they can slowly reconnect with themselves to a greater sense of joy, fulfilment and satisfaction in life
- The body's critical role in treatment of trauma/interpersonal trauma/PTSD
- Anger Management
- Jungian Dreamwork
My influences are Humanistic, Jungian, Attachment & Developmental Theories. I also implement Psychodynamic, Existential, Gestalt skills Transactional Analysis and C.B.T in my work. I provide the optional use of art materials and sand tray so your counselling experience need not be limited to talking therapies alone. I also work with 'dreams' as similarly this way of working can be revealing and promote insightful awareness.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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£40 per 60 minute individual session.
£45 per session for couples (60mins) £65.00 (I hour and 30mins).
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 skype and telephone counselling is available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday daytime and evening availability
Types of client