Dr Georgie Bainbridge DCPsych
Given the latest government advice all sessions will be offered online. I have ten years of experience of working in this way and I am happy to give you guidance to set this up. You will need an internet connection (preferably high speed), a headset and microphone.
I can also offer telephone sessions but face to face via an online platform is preferable.
Psychotherapy is about being listened to and seen in a particular way. There is nowhere else in life that offers a time and space to focus on your 'self' - your body and your mind.
My Kent practice is in the village of Bridge near Canterbury and is easy to reach for clients coming from Ashford, Maidstone and Faversham as well as Canterbury and the outlying villages. Just off the A2 parking is easy, off road and in a pretty setting.
I have extensive experience having worked in a variety of settings:
Private Practice 2013 - present
University Counsellor 2011-2012
Therapist and Unit Registered Manager Promis Addictions Clinic 2005-2015
Psychologist and psychotherapist - NHS Inpatient Psychiatric Unit 2009-2014
I take a relational, psychodynamic, integrative approach working in the relationship.
I integrate an evolutionary, neurobiological and sensory integration theoretical approach to maturation and change.
My research focused on the importance of understanding sensory integration in psychotherapy. With my psychologist hat on, I offer consultancy to agencies working in the frontline of mental health to consider your sensory impact on clients. This may be emergency services, Police, A & E, schools, people working with looked after children and the workplace.
As a psychotherapist I am particularly interested in working with people with:
People who may use or identify with the label of autism who are finding life and relationships challenging
Boarding School issues
Challenges that may come with being a celebrity
Sensory processing issues
Training, qualifications & experience
Chartered Psychologist Health Care Professions Council
Registered British Psychological Society
Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist (UKCP) UK Council of Psychotherapists
BSc Hons Psychology
Research study: Sensation in psychotherapy through the lens of sensory integration theory
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Boarding school issues
Lower cost appointments available if in financial hardship
There are some steps you can take to help yourself today but remember to start small:
Think about what you take into your body. Some substances that are eaten or drunk on a daily basis can affect your mood and mimic the trauma response in your mind and body. These can affect your mood without you really being aware - your body and mind can be set to red for danger without you really being aware.
Some food and drink can make you feel anxious and more evidence is accruing to support the thought that it affects depression. Anxiety is a useful feeling when it is working for you but it can make you feel out of control. Keep a food and drink diary for a little while. Notice how much caffeine, sugar, white flour, nicotine and alcohol you have in your diet and if you can note how you were feeling as you reached for them. All of these are mood altering substances. If you reduce your intake of these substances slowly and carefully it is likely that your body and then subsequently your mood may be less likely to feel out of control.
Learning how to breath is the single most important thing you can do to improve your mental health - there is centuries of literature supporting this idea. Singing, yoga, dance, swimming and walking are amongst some of the exercise that are particularly useful for people with mental health issues and will all help you to breath. The ability to move and breath can be the first things to be affected when you are under stress or feeling depressed.
Read about how your mind and body work together. Reading about the way that you think and feel can be incredibly empowering and can help to soothe difficult emotions.
Movement, nutrition and breathing lead to the ability to reflect. If you need help with how you feel and are thinking about learning more contact me.