Mindfulness Therapy - Leading Edge Mind & Body Practices to Manage Trauma & PTSD
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As a psychotherapist I aim to help you achieve integration and balance across mind, body and spirit, so that you can be at one with who you are and able to meet the world with joy. Many people suffer today as a result of being unduly driven by their mind - it’s so important to find ways to self-regulate to stay in balance and I have a passion to help people to do this.
I am committed to bringing a consistently professional and compassionate stance to clients from all backgrounds in either a long term psychodynamic approach or shorter term therapy. Using an integrative, evidence based and collaborative approaches, I tailor therapy to meet your own personal needs and to achieve your goals.
I work with a whole-person approach to therapy, which addresses integration across these three key aspects of our self - mind, body and spirit - to find a way home to our true nature and the individual that we are meant to be. Central to this approach is developing a mindful, embodied way of being to help keep mind and body in balance and to provide the optimum and ongoing self-regulation that we need to match the challenges of our busy 24/7 existence. I am trained in Core Process Psychotherapy and I am also qualified as a Yoga Therapist; both of them are founded in mindfulness approaches to therapy. My Yoga Therapy training and experience provides me with a good understanding of the anatomy and many conditions relating to the body.
I specialise in helping people with trauma and PTSD. My training and experience in this area puts me in a strong position to help those who suffer in this ways. I had a 32 year career in the Army and I have a particular interest in helping military veterans.
I bring a rich variety of training, interests and experience to the task of helping others gain insight and understanding as to how they can experience life in more balanced, stress-free and joyful ways. I also have a rich life experience and enjoyed careers in the Army and in business management.
Central to my ethos as a psychotherapist is the belief that within us, we each carry our own inner wisdom or unconscious intelligence. I also believe that we are inherently creative and given the right circumstances, everyone can heal, grow, and change for the better at all stages of life, with a helping hand.
My psychotherapy practice is founded in understanding the science and effectiveness of how the approaches I use work. I have personally experienced the deep suffering that can occur through life’s difficulties and I have enjoyed so many benefits from applying these approaches both in my own therapy and from living them in my daily life. I have a deep belief that psychotherapy can be inherently healing.
Training, qualifications & experience
- A UKCP accredited psychotherapist and graduate of a 4½-year Masters degree (MA) in Core Process Psychotherapy. I trained at The Karuna Institute which is affiliated to Middlesex University.
- Graduated as a Yoga Therapist (for Mental Health) with the the Minded Institute in 2014.
- Qualified EMDR therapist and I have have also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - both are regarded as global best-practice and body-related approaches to treating trauma and PTSD.
- Trained in psychodynamic approaches to explore the unconscious mind.
- Qualified as a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
- Trained in Embodied Relational Therapy, Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques.
Core Process Psychotherapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Yoga Therapy are all founded in mindfulness and I use these highly effective mind and body therapies extensively in my work.
A therapist’s training is not necessarily an indicator of their effectiveness - however excellent training certainly helps. I have sought out world class psychotherapy training in the areas that I feel are of critical importance in addressing a great many issues that challenge us in our lives today.
- (2017-18 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (trauma) Level 2: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, London (enrolled for training))
- 2016 - Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, London
- 2016 - EMDR Levels 2 & 3: Alexandra Richman, London
- 2015 - EMDR Level 1: Alexandra Richman, London
- 2014-15 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (trauma) Level 1: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, London
- 2014 – Embodied Relational Therapy Level 1: Nick Totton, ERT
- 2013-2014 - Yoga Therapist (for the Mind): The Minded Institute, London
- 2009 -2014 – MA in Core Process psychotherapy: The Karuna Institute (affiliated to Middlesex University).
- 2009 - Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy: The Karuna Institute
- 2008 - Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:Breathworks, Manchester
- 2008 - Counselling Skills Certificate: Darlington College
- 2007 - Autogenic Therapy practitioner training
- 2005 - Diploma in Performance Coaching: Newcastle College
- 2004 - Certified Master Coach: Behavioural Coaching Institute
- 2004 - Certificate in Life Coaching: Newcastle College
- 2003 - Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certified Master Practitioner: Dr Susi Strang & Associates
- 2001 - Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certified Practitioner: Dr Susi Strang & Associates
My Experience & Ways in which I may be able to help you
You may want help because you have been given a diagnosis by your GP or another Health Professional and you are looking for psychological help with a specific problem. Equally, you may not exactly know what it is that you are suffering from, but have a sense that somehow things are not feeling right for you or you can’t function properly in your life. This may be because you feel sad or unhappy much of the time, or you have difficulties settling and sleeping, or you get very anxious or angry. You may find you can’t concentrate very well, are easily distracted or have problems getting on in your personal or work relationships. You may be finding it difficult to come to terms with a disabling or life-threatening illness. You may have only recently noticed these problems or they may have been with you for a long time, maybe for much of your life.
Whatever your particular circumstances, at an initial consultation I would explore more closely what your problems might be linked to and whether I could help you to work towards increased well-being and better functioning. I have many hundreds of hours of clinical experience with all kinds of people suffering with all kinds of symptoms. If your problem isn’t included in this list or you are not sure if any of the problems listed apply, please contact me to explore with you whether it could be helpful for us to have an initial meeting to develop a better understanding of your problems and to establish whether I could help you.
I work to create a safe, respectful, accepting non-judgemental environment that values mutual respect, trust and transparency. Being listened to in such an environment can help you become aware of what is happening in your mind and body and to identify areas of difficulty that may be holding you back in your life. I also work to help my clients to touch deeply into their being, so that they can better to tolerate and integrate their thoughts, feelings and emotions into their lives.
I work closely and collaboratively together with clients across a wide range of mental health, personal growth and development issues. I am deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of those who have experienced trauma and I am focused on continuously developing and improving a deeper understanding of many complex issues and suffering. My work as a psychotherapist is based in honouring and deeply respecting each individual and where they are in their lives.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fee: £40 per session (60 minutes). A limited number of lower cost/concessionary places are also available; please contact me to discuss availability.
Sessions. It is important that you find a therapist that you feel at ease with and, for this reason, I offer an initial 45 minute meeting at no charge. Then we can have a mutual discussion to establish if we are able to work together. I will carry out an assessment of your needs and give you an indication of how we might proceed. I offer both short and long term psychotherapy but the number of sessions that will be needed is largely dependent on the issues that you wish to work through. You are in no way obliged to continue working with me if you do not feel that I am the right person for you.
Commitment is important to both of us and I provide guidelines in an informal contractual agreement. Psychotherapy sessions are normally weekly and last for one hour. It is preferable to meet at the same time each week but some flexibility is offered where possible. I offer both short and long-term psychotherapy to individual adults.
Location My practice is in Skelton-on-Ure, near Boroughbride, North Yorkshire, five minutes drive from Junction 48 A1(M) and within easy reach of Harrogate and Ripon. Free parking is available.