Hayley (Merron) Stevens, UKCP, Body Psychotherapist, Somatic Trauma Therapy
The core of my work as a depth psychotherapist is to help you discover and trust your deepest feelings; to assist you in finding ways of letting go of old restrictive patterns and developing the capacities to live a fuller and more satisfying life.
Within the compassionate and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, you are invited to connect more fully with who you really are, become more in tune with yourself and discover a different way of being in the world.I offer a form of psychotherapy that encourages clients to get to know themselves in their own time and way. Client wishes are always respected and the way we use the session and methods of exploration are agreed jointly.
Anyone who has 'tried to change' will know that will-power and good resolutions tend to have minimal impact. The more force we use with ourselves the more entrenched we tend to become. Change is something that happens naturally as we become more connected with who we really are; we find ourselves making different choices - choices which arise from a healthier, more harmonious and empathic relationship with our self.
Over the years I have supported clients with
- early trauma (neglect, abuse)
- birth trauma
- childhood and workplace bullying
- hospitalisation, illness, surgery
- domestic violence
- psychosomatic illness and pain
- chronic fatigue
- anxiety, depression, panic attacks, chronic shame and guilt
- anger management
- low self-esteem
- difficulties in forming or sustaining meaningful relationships
- a lack of meaning, purpose, and pleasure in life
- body image and sexuality
I founded and continue to manage Silk House Therapy Practice, home to a multi-disciplinary team of health and well-being professionals in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
I am one of three co-founders of the big room cic focusing on systemic changes to enable deep democracy in our community.
I work to the Code of Ethics of my professional accrediting organisations (UKCP, CBPC and ABMT) which includes regular professional supervision and ongoing training.
Please go to www.silkhousetherapypractice.co.uk for more information about me, body psychotherapy and somatic trauma therapy and links to articles and other resources.
Training, qualifications & experience
2007/2011 - Diploma in Body Psychotherapy, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (4 years)
2006/2010 - Diploma in Elemental Chi Kung, College of Elemental Chi Kung (Teacher Training; 4 years)
2005/2007 - Certificate in Body Psychotherapy, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (3 years)
2005/2006 - Certificate in Biodynamic Massage, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (1 year)
1997/2001 - Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute (4 years)
1996/1997 - Certificate in Counselling
2014/2015 - EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
2008/2009 - Training in Somatic Trauma Therapy Training with Babette Rotheschild
2008 - Resource Oriented Trauma Work with Merete Holme Brantjbert
2004 - The Essentials, Psychosynthesis Education Trust
2003 - Integrative Psychotherapy, Richard Erskine
2002 - Integrative Psychotherapy, Richard Erskine
Registered Body Psychotherapist, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - national registering body for psychotherapists in the UK
Registered Biodynamic Massage Therapist, Association of Holistic Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT) - national registering body for biodynamic massage therapists in the UK
I am a fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist who has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 1997 first as an Integrative Psychotherapist and for the past 14 years as a Body Psychotherapist.
I have worked in the field of personal development for over 25 years initially coaching and facilitating personal and leadership development programmes for large organisations across the UK.
My journey to becoming a psychotherapist was initially personal, to heal my own wounds, but 20 years ago, in my late twenties, I decided that this was the work I wanted to do. I spent 4 years training at the Metanoia Institute in London and worked as an honorary psychotherapist with The Listening Centre in Oxfordshire.
In 2005 personal and client experiences pointed me in the direction of Body Psychotherapy and I commenced a 6 year training with Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre.
In 2006 I moved to Macclesfield in Cheshire and opened Silk House Therapy Practice offering Body Psychotherapy and Biodynamic Massage Therapy (a form of psychotherapeutic massage developed by Gerda Boyesen). Since then Silk House Therapy Practice has grown and we are now a community of psychotherapists, counsellors, complementary therapists and mindfulness practitioners focused on enabling people to live fuller and more satisfying lives.
In addition to one to one psychotherapy, I also facilitate personal development workshops and occasionally teach elemental chi kung (a moving meditation practice) as a resource for more effectively handling the stresses of our modern lifestyle and culture.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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
Psychosomatic illness and pain
Psychotherapy is a personal and unique journey informed by our individual history and experience. Reasons for commencing a therapeutic journey are many and varied but it is fair to say that most people enter therapy feeling stuck, uncomfortable or generally not at ease with themselves, others or life generally.
The hope in psychotherapy is not just for transitory relief from difficult sensations, feelings, thoughts, behaviours and relationships but for a richer, freer and more fulfilling life.
Some of the hopes of body psychotherapy are:
- being more at ease with yourself and others
- feeling less anxious, stressed or overwhelmed
- feeling more grounded and secure in your sense of self
- feeling more present, vibrant and alive
- having a deeper and more satisfying relationship with yourself, others and your work
- having a deeper connection with what is meaningful in your life