Elisa Bragg, Somatic Psychotherapist, SE, EMDR Practitioner
Crisis is often a gateway that leads us towards seeking support from a counsellor or psychotherapist. A relationship breaks down or a loved one dies leaving us bereft and confused. We may struggle with unexpected life changes such as losing our job and left wondering about our identity or future options.
I am passionate about redeeming our experience of suffering and exploring it as a threshold towards a deeper relationship with ourselves and others. I see it as often an initiation that often takes us by surprise, but held with compassion, it can lead us towards transformation and a sense of wholeness that is deep and enduring. Suffering in its original translation means "to undergo" ones process in times of change rather than being held captive in fear of life's challenges.
Einstein said that within adversity lies opportunity. This is a powerful re-frame on what could otherwise be seen as suffering without meaning or opportunity. It also provides me with a resting place from which to approach my client work and life in general, which is with compassion, empathy and creativity.
Often during the first sessions with a client they speak about their discomfort and sometimes embarrassment at not being able to work things out for themselves. For me there is nothing more humbling or privileged than sitting along side another human being with presence and compassion, whilst working together towards restoring equilibrium and a sense of wellbeing back to their lives.
I draw upon several different therapeutic practices to support my clients’ healing journey. No two clients are the same although they may present with similar issues, therefore I tailor my approach according to the individual. My Psychosynthesis psychotherapy training underpins all my interventions as it teaches us to see the individual as a whole being rather than our psychopathology alone. Symptoms are therefore sign posts that can lead us towards greater understanding and wholeness so that we have the freedom to express ourselves as fully as we can, rather than symptoms merely being problems we need to be rid of so that we can function again.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have had a private therapeutic practice since 2004 and have worked in the healing profession for 25 years. I provide one to one work as an accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Personal Development Coach and Group Facilitator. I also offer Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a stand alone trauma release therapy specifically for PTSD and other forms of trauma such as developmental trauma or where there have been traumatic events such as an accident, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc. With consent, I tend to include this method as part of my general therapeutic framework, as I find it to be a very powerful way to heal deep underlying issues that can often be missed in talking therapy alone.
I also offer EMDR. This can be discussed on request as it is a very specific approach to working. Again, there are occasions when I offer this as an option to clients if I feel that it would be of benefit to the healing process.
I offer short term counselling and long term psychotherapy dependent on the support you require for your particular issue. I also provide coaching and creative mentoring for clients who have a specific project in mind that they want support in birthing.
I teach meditation and mindfulness as well as creative visualisation techniques which are deeply supportive approaches in helping clients recognise and cultivate their own innate natural wisdom. Many clients experience this approach alongside therapy as an empowering tool particularly in times of stress, anxiety and crisis. Mindfulness techniques help to foster remaining steady and present rather than becoming overwhelmed by ones emotions and external circumstances.
As an experienced addictions therapist I support those struggling with compulsive and addictive behaviours including working with 12 Step Programmes, which together with therapy are a powerful healing combination. Addiction is a complex issue which is particularly prevalent in our current times. It can rob the individual of a sense of self and wellbeing leaving them feeling powerless and unmanageable around their particular addiction. In simple terms, addiction is a way to try and "fix" unwanted feelings and thoughts, but this eventually only leads to more of the same leaving the individual feeling increasingly isolated. However, in my experience with the appropriate support it can be halted, one day at a time, restoring dignity, self esteem and wellbeing.
I am an accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) facilitator and provide one to one Group and Teen Programmes for individuals or groups in the Private and Public sector.
I am a trained Foster Carer for Barnet Council and have a wealth of experience raising a child in ‘the care system’ along with Social Services as the Corporate Parent.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Please approach me directly for a sliding scale of fees from £80 per session dependent on type of therapy required as I offer Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and EMDR.
I am registered with BUPA to see clients for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
If you are eligible to receive sessions on your private medical insurance with another provider, please let me know as it is possible that you will be able to claim these back.
For further information about Psychosynthesis please go to www.psychosynthesis.org
For further information about Somatic Experiencing go to www.seauk.org.uk/faq.html
For further information regarding EMDR go to https://www.emdrworks.org/what-is-emdr/
I am registered with BUPA to see clients for Psychotherapy
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have limited availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Types of client
Supervision & training
Supervision is an essential component to maintaining rigour and awareness as therapists in the way that we work with clients, as well as supporting our on-going practice development.