Heather Darwall-Smith MA. UKCP
I am a qualified, UKCP-registered psychotherapist, and I provide psychotherapy and CBTi to individuals (over 18). I am also a specialist sleep psychotherapist.
How I work
I take a combination approach, melding mind and body awareness, mindfulness, psychotherapy, and CBTi to meet your needs and where you are.
I specialise in issues such as trauma and PTSD and particularly how they can present as challenges to sleep. Trauma is not only the things that happen to you, it's what happens inside of you when things happen to you. The body's innate wisdom is to keep you alive - keep you awake so a large part of our work is about finding ways to slow things down. After all, sleep is the ultimate in letting go and if you can't sleep you need to understand what is going on.
How I can help you to improve your sleep
If you’re one of the millions of adults in the UK who has issues with sleep, it may be comforting to hear that you are not unusual. Recent studies have found that around 20% of adults in the UK have trouble falling asleep every single night. The important thing to remember is that you will sleep again – you may just need some support to get there.
We all sleep differently – our sleeping habits and routines unique to each of us. We all require different amounts of sleep, some of us are early birds, some are night owls. The quality of sleep we have has a profound impact on our days, so getting up close and personal with how we sleep is vital.
If we track and investigate how we personally sleep, we can come to a deeper understanding of what is and isn’t normal for each of us.
I work closely with you to help you to understand your relationship with sleep and the reasons why you may find it difficult to drift off. Armed with these insights, we then work out a sleep plan to address these issues and find a way forward towards more restful nights and a happier future.
How seeking therapy can help you with your sleep
Issues with sleep arise for many reasons. Often I work with people to deepen into longstanding issues that manifest in poor sleep. To understand our own emotional lives and those of the people around us, we need a deeper connection, and one way to do this is through mindfulness and increased awareness of how it is to be in the world. I work with a mix of practices to meet your specific needs. It might be that we take a cognitive approach, working from the top-down, accessing your story through thoughts and words, or we may take a bottom-up approach and work with the feelings and sensations of what you are experiencing.
Whichever way we choose to work, I offer a safe place to explore and discuss the most difficult of things, even those that are hidden. I provide one-to-one support without judgment or criticism to support you in finding solutions and a way forward in life.
Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis, with each session lasting 50 minutes. Currently, due to the Covid situation, all sessions are online. If you are interested in knowing more you can phone for more information.
- Short and long-term therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)
- online video sessions on Zoom for both UK and overseas clients
- I am not currently working face to face
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as an MA in Mindfulness-based psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and a diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from BCPC, I have completed further training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCBT), training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI), and Trauma Assessment under Babette Rothschild. I continue to train within all aspects of sleep, trauma and psychotherapy.
I work privately online and at The London Sleep Centre and isleepclinc.com
I am also a member of the British Sleep Society (BSS)
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
I work as a sleep specialist with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders
From £60.00 to £150.00
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Please contact me regarding fees. As I work as both a psychotherapist and a sleep therapist, these are different services and costs depend on your requirements.
The UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework underpins the way I work as a psychotherapist. UKCP believes that Anyone can benefit from psychotherapy. Talking to a trained professional can help you to explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings and improve your mental health. The Ethical Framework is in place to set high standards regarding proficient and ethical practice.
I hold professional indemnity insurance and an Enhanced DBS.