M.A. Registered MBACP MNCS (Acc) Integrative Psychotherapist
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Helping you to transform, through your life's challenges.
I believe that your first session with me is actually a doorway to your new horizon, no matter what you may be bringing.
I’m a fully qualified Psychotherapist based in Southend on Sea / Shoeburyness, working from what I call, my Calm Cabin. It’s a cosy log cabin amongst the trees, and a ready made healing space for you to completely relax. From this space, I welcome you to my online therapy room, where I work with clients from all around the globe!
I’m here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters whether you will be meeting me for some brief, rapid therapy, or something a bit more frequent. I am passionate about assisting you with creating a space for your emotional and mental development so that you may encounter more inner peace and outer calm.
I am a seasoned therapist, and I’m a Registered and Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society, and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I also offer something quite radical and new to the therapy world. This approach is called "single session therapy". I have full training in this, and in addition to my private practice, I work as a freelance therapist for a company offering single session therapy to people all over the world. I am witness, daily, to intense, positive change in clients, just from one session. Sometimes it's all you need for your psychological spring-board!
As an integrative therapist I'm able to pull in many techniques and skills to aid you, with where you currently find yourself. Equally I can provide psychological coaching and psycho-education for you to accelerate along your self-development path. I truly care about your well-being and promise my patients top of the line counselling and psychotherapy services no matter what your problem, or personal pains may be.
I work heavily with helping you heal and support your inner child. Equally I assist you with turning the inner critic into a more useful inner friend, so that you may create a more harmonious inner landscape.
I am also trained in adult Jungian Sandplay Therapy but these in person pracitices are currently on hold, yet I utilise many Jungian models and techniques in my service.
Your well-being is my number one priority, and I know how daunting it can be to seek help, therefore you can easily email me to talk about your needs so I can suggest which way of working may be best with me. I offer an initial session for "on-going" therapy to see how working with me may feel, under no pressure.
What are my approaches:
COGNITIVE- THOUGHTS & BELIEFS
Re-framing unhelpful patterns / Releasing the Inner Critic
Creating awareness about your thinking processes can really help you to get control over how you feel. By exploring, and challenging various negative, and limited thinking patterns, and core beliefs, we can develop more room for positive change. This is the domain of the inner critic, which is an outdated protection system we all hold until challenged. CBT and TA can assist us in developing new ideas about yourself and your world and help you gain control over reactive thinking. Shining a light on your inner processes, allows us to foster new ways of speaking to yourself, and therefore shifting your emotions.
Exploring your inner life.
Dreams can tell us things that we aren't even fully aware of. By entering into some dream work together, we can begin to connect with your internal wisdom. Sometimes the issues and problems that are known to us on the surface, are only the tip of the iceberg. Dream analysis is a peaceful, and self-regulated approach to working through difficulties you may be facing.
A pocket of peace.
Guided visualisation allows me to lead you into a different place, where you can relax, slow your brain down, empty your thoughts, and get into a healthier feeling state. When we know how, we can easily move ourselves out of a stressed state, and into a more positive space. I may be using some of these techniques with you in our sessions. It can also really assist with anxiety and healing from trauma.
ACTIVE IMAGINATION / INNER BONDING
Giving a voice to all parts of you.
There are times in life, where our feelings have been suppressed, or not dealt with for so long, that they clog up, and this can cause a great burden. By using active imagination, which is a combination of dream work, visualisation, and archetype/parts healing, I can guide you toward releasing all of those stones you have been holding onto. Through use of symbol and metaphor, in a deeply relaxed state, you can talk freely and connect with all your inner selves, including the inner child, inner teenager and any unheard parts that want a voice.
A happier, healthier you.
Developing more space inside can help you feel centred, calm and less reactive to your daily stresses. Mindfulness is the simple act of observing the mind, and its constant trickle of thoughts. This permits us to occupy a deeper awareness, and leaves us less likely to identify with all of our thoughts. By helping you to develop a mindful practice, you will regain freedom and more confidence over your life.
JUNGIAN SANDPLAY THERAPY
I am one of only a handful of trained Jungian Sandplay Therapists working within the area. This is a very magical practice of working directly with your unconscious. It's good for trauma, inner child work and for moving out of generalised anxiety and depression.
Who do I help?
I am able to assist people with many difficulties. Anxiety and depression is a really common thing for many people visiting me and nothing to feel guilty about. Let’s leave all stigmas and judgements about your mental and emotional struggles at the door. It's a really tough place to be in if you are experiencing a dark chapter of your life, but you don’t have to walk it alone. It is also totally possible to move on from this place into a new chapter of your life.
Working with people who are experiencing grief / loss for whatever reason, is also something I am familiar with. Equally I am accustomed to aiding individuals who are experiencing stress, major change, and feelings of being stuck, or purposeless or who are experiencing suicidal feelings. There are many stages to transformation, and I can meet you at whatever stage you are at.
If you feel drawn to my ways of working, then I look forward to hearing from you to make an assessment of how to work with me.
Your inner self awaits your journey back home.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. Psychotherapy and Healing Practices accredited by Middlesex University
Diploma in Jungian Therapy accredited by Middlesex University
Jungian Sandplay Certificate 2019 - ongoing (by Association for Sandplay)
Single Session Therapy Training (Master Class Workshops with Windy Dryden and from my company)
Treating Complex Trauma Certificate (with Dr. Arielle Schwartz)
Transactional Analysis Certificate
Eight years experience of working in private practice, assisting adults with a multitude of emotional and mental health issues with clients in ten countries.
In addition to my private practice, I am employed as a freelance therapist for a large, growing, start-up company, offering therapy within businesses since 2019. I work with clients all around the world offering both single session therapy and short term therapy.
Previous Placement Experience:
- Working as a Child Play Therapist in school with A Place 2 Be in London Greenwich 2009-2010
- Working as a Mental Health Therapist at Basildon Mind 2010-2011
Life before my Psychotherapeutic Career and other things during:
I have ten years experience working in the education field within school / college settings but also heavily through the public and charity sectors as an educator, trainer, and teacher in various employments.
Equally I have been delivering self-development and Healing Practices workshops, for groups of people at my own events both within my local area and online, since 2008. This also combines my other training as an Energy Healing Practitioner, and Sound Therapist. I have lead meditation groups and exercises since 2009.
I have more recently launched into offering online courses and products for psychological health and wellbeing for people to take up wherever they are globally and to access my services when I am busy or as an alternative or add-on to private sessions.
Various short training workshops I have attended with Confer Educating Psychotherapists are as follows:
- Working with High Intensity States of Consiousness (Dr. Angela Cotter, Viv Fogel, Dr. Tim Reed and Dr. Malcom Rushton 2018
- Regression a Necessary State of Mind for Therapuetic Growth? (Dr. Adah Sachs, Marcus West and Lorraine Price) 2018
- Transforming Attachments (Linda Cundy, Dr Katherine Stauffer and Siobhan McGee) 2020
- Psychotherapuetic Forms of Love from Eros to Agape (Dr Andrea Celenza, Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr. Richard Gipps ad Dr. Joy Schaverien) 2021
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society (NCS)
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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£50.00 per session
I am currently only offering remote sessions in my online therapy room and practice worldwide.
My online counselling room is easily accessed via a webpage which you get when you book and this is 100% encrypted and confidential. You can visit on any device.
Sessions are £50 for 50 minutes for Psychotherapy / counselling frequent sessions. For Single Session Therapy the cost is £85 and you can find out more about this at my website. I have a busy practice but do have some spaces arise frequently. I look forward to hearing from you.
When I work
Please contact me between 9.00am - 5.00pm GMT timezone Monday - Friday
Please enquire via email for the latest openings for you to potentially join me.
With warmth, Hanna