Dawn McGregor, Counsellor & Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) FdA (Bacp Accredited Reg)
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. 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'm a fully qualified integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and have been practicing for 10years. I am 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.
I understand that life difficulties, can be isolating and overwhelming. You may feel stuck in life, filled with indecision, regrets, 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?
Counselling and Psychotherapy focuses on you, to help you gain insight into the difficulties you are facing. It places an importance on your thoughts, feelings and experiences in your life, which can access deeper understanding of yourself and others. This will help you to develop, change or discover appropriate ways of managing to better equip you with facing life's challenges. Our work together is 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.Whilst counselling cannot change the past, it can help you to reclaim it differently to create a better present and future.
I understand that 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 provide therapy for adults, couples, two persons and young people. I use an integrative and holistic approach based on Humanistic principles and incorporate Psychodynamic, Jungian, Attachment and developmental theories, together with C.B.T skills to allow me to draw upon a range of ideas which respect the individuality and particular needs of each client.
I work with various therapy mediums, face to face, online, telephone and via email.
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
- 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
I have two practices, based in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. Located in easy reach of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and surrounding villages.
Training, qualifications & experience
Ba (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy
FdA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificates and qualifications in the following:
Working with trauma/interpersonal trauma/PTSD.
Mindfulness, comprehensive breathing techniques
Jungian Analysis and Dreamwork
Working with shame
The neurobiology of Attachment
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
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).
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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.
Mindfulness, comprehensive breathing techniques
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.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£50 per 60 minute individual session.
£60 per 60 minute session for couples, two persons (mother and child, father and child, siblings, friends etc).
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.
Monday-Friday daytime and evening. Saturday mornings.
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.