Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am pleased to provide a confidential, supportive non-judgemental environment to aid your growth and healing. My role as a therapist is to help you where you are in life, to provide a space for you to freely share with me, at your own pace, what maybe causing you distress and unhappiness, where you will be respected, listened to and importantly heard.
I am an integrative therapist and have trained in many psychological theories, which allow me to use the best approaches, appropriate to and dependent on your needs. Therapy is a process of exploration, self-expression and discovery which can help to bring about insight, solutions, develop skills in self-care, along with more choices, understanding, meaning, fulfilment, satisfaction and freedom from the weight of life problems.
Life difficulties, can be 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. Or are feeling oppressed by a dominant culture, not able to have a voice or a place in the world. Perhaps you have a feeling of being numb and empty most of the time, except when the emotions erupt suddenly and uncontrollably. Do you suffer from existential guilt and despair, feeling hopeless and powerless in the face of uncertainties in life?
'The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are' Carl Jung
My work has evolved beyond the conventional model to include a forward-looking element. Our work should not be just about finding solutions but supporting you to thrive emotionally, socially and spiritually. We may address the past, the pain of life difficulties, relational challenges, emotional triggers and many other unhappy aspects of life. However, after healing, we also want to think about thriving. So it is my endeavour with you to talk about your hopes and dreams, your inner strengths, and most importantly how to harness your creative potential so you can feel fully alive. I value openness, and I believe in sharing my knowledge with you.
How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help?
A process of exploration and self-expression, with an importance placed on a person's thoughts, feelings, circumstances and experiences can accesses deeper understanding of oneself, to help gain some objectivity within the life difficulty you maybe experiencing. This will help you to discover more positive ways of coping to better equip you with facing life's challenges. Childhood relational experiences can contribute to and shape the way we relate as adults. The support and challenge during therapy can assist in making connections between the past and present. Recognition, acknowledgment, care and insight can help to make sense of your life experience, to liberate repressed and supressed feelings, which can all hinder natural spontaneity, energy and zest for life: bringing about an improvement in health and wellbeing,
Whilst counselling cannot change the past, it can help you to reclaim it differently to create a better present and future. Helping to move to a kinder more compassionate, calmer relationship with yourself.
'We don't get wounded alone and we don't heal alone' 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
- 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 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.
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 and Physiology and Anatomy and understanding the energy of emotions,
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
£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.