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About me

I'm an experienced and accredited psychotherapist with a special interest in two areas, these being 1) creativity and 2) attachment.

I have expertise and a background in creativity, which is a gift that all of us are blessed with. Creativity allows us to sense and express our felt experience to the world, to make things that delight or satisfy us, to find imaginative solutions to problems and to be seen by others. I see creativity as a resource for a healthy and satisfying life, yet when we're emotionally out of balance, our creativity often takes a hit.  Conversely, when we feel secure in ourselves, we can be playful, open and generous. I work with artists and creatives who want to understand their blocks to fully realising their creative identity and see their work flourish.  This is often shorter-term work, more akin to coaching.

My other area of special interest and experience is around attachment and relationships. You might find yourself idealising others, making attachments that feel unhealthy, getting angry or wanting to withdraw. It may be that you experience anxiety or overwhelm in relationships or struggle to connect with others at all. Maybe you feel abused or abusive. These difficulties often track back to early formative experiences with our primary attachment figures. We will work to make sense of your experiences and feelings and how these difficulties can be resolved through a healthier attaachment to yourself. This is often longer-term work over several years, but typically results in profound and irreversable change.

You may be seeking psychotherapy because of a life event, a crisis or just a growing sense of imbalance or dissatisfaction. I regard that crisis as the gateway to your growth.

As a humanistic therapist I offer warm, wise, genuine conversation to help you build a more satisfying relationship with yourself. I work with the body, not using touch, but through awareness of how unhealthy action patterns are held in our musculature and movement.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a certificate in psychotherapy and counselling (2014) from Spectrum in London (www.spectrumtherapy.co.uk) This was a five year modular training and I began working with clients in 2012.  The majority of my work has been in private practice, though I've also worked as a bereavement support volunteer for Cruse. Spectrum's training included modules in Working with Anger, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clinical Skills and Sexuality. I continue to engage in regular professional development and supervision.

I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Iron Mill in Exeter and a Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse).

Before training in psychotherapy, I worked for many years in the arts and education. I'm a qualified teacher, have an MA in art education and trained in coaching with the Cultural Leadership Programme. I've worked as a reseacher and consultant on creativity and the arts. I've always been passionate about supporting people to learn, change and flourish. My own experience of psychotherapy has been key in the integration of creativity into my life, my emotional balance and well-being.

I'm happy to talk to those interested about the theoretical frameworks that underpin my practice, which integrates person-centred approaches with Gestalt techniques and Formative Psychology.

I'm an accredited member of the BACP and comply with the BACP's Ethical Framework in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creativity

Artist's block

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My fee is £65 for a 50 minute session.

Availability

Tuesday - Thursday 9.30am - 6.30pm

Further information

For the time being, due to the Covid pandemic, I'm working online only.

Axminster
Devon
EX13

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Fiona Godfrey MBACP (Accredited)

Fiona Godfrey MBACP (Accredited)