Hanna Ehlers-Bond M.A. Registered MBACP MNCS (Acc) Integrative Psychotherapist
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.
I’m here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. Equally 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.
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 also offer adult Jungian Sandplay Therapy within my sessions, which is an incredibly soothing and calming practice.
Your well-being is my number one priority, and I know how daunting it can be to seek help, therefore you can easily visit me for an initial session to see how working with me may feel, under no pressure. The first session is at a reduced price.
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 This is the domain of the inner critic, which is an outdated protection system we all hold until challenged.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 initial consultation.
Your inner self awaits your journey back home.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. Psychotherapy and Healing Practices accredited by Middlesex University
Certificate in Jungian Therapy accredited by Middlesex University
Eight years experience of working in private practice, assisting adults with a multitude of emotional and mental health issues.
- Working as a Child Play Therapist in school with A Place 2 Be in London Greenwich
- Working as a Mental Health Therapist at Basildon Mind
Before embarking on a Psychotherapeutic Career and During:
I have ten years experience working in the education field, and through the public and charity sectors as an educator, trainer, and teacher.
Equally I have been delivering self-development and Healing Practices workshops, through groups and workshops/events, in my local area since 2008. This also combines my other training as an Energy Healing Practitioner, and Sound Therapist.
I shall soon be adding Jungian Sandtray therapy to my therapeutic tool kit.
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.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic - I am currently only offering remote sessions. This ensures your complete safety.
These sessions are at my online counselling room, which is easily accessed via a webpage and is 100% encrypted and confidential. You can visit on any device.
Sessions are £45 for 50 minutes. I have a busy practice but do have some spaces arise frequently. I look forward to hearing from you.
Reduced rates for counsellors in training and those in receipt of benefits.
I also provide telephone counselling for clients in the UK - please enquire.
I take clients for weekly sessions. Please enquire for the latest regular openings for you to potentially join me.