Iona Marjorie Brown, MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), MBACP (Reg).
A warm welcome.
Life can be a bit of a disappointment. We can rub along quite happily for years, juggling a successful career with family life, yet feel there is something missing. Or we may have felt from the outset that we have never really known who we are.
Relationships may falter, illnesses may strike. Past failures may dog us. Or we may just have a nagging suspicion that things are not as they should be.
Therapy can give us eyes. The consulting room can provide just the right amount of freedom to talk about the things that trouble us most, where we can feel heard, perhaps for the first time in our lives.
What can I offer you?
People may want to see a therapist for a range of different reasons. They may be coping with a specific mental health problem, such as an eating disorder or low mood.
Or they may want to talk to someone because they need time and space to explore an event in their lives that has caused distress.
They may simply want to find out more about themselves.
Typical reasons for seeking therapy may be:
- Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, self-harming, or addictions.
- Distress caused by significant life events, such as leaving home for the first time, or a divorce in the family.
- To find support. Therapy provides a safe environment for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship, or any change in life circumstances that causes distress.
- Communication. Many people come to therapy looking for help with their relationships. Therapy can address poor communication skills and difficulty in resolving conflicts.
- Self-exploration. Therapy can provide a permissive and nurturing environment in which people can explore who they really are.
How do I work?
I have a psychodynamic approach. As well as being interested in everyday troubles and triumphs, I also pay attention to unconscious processes - the hidden parts of ourselves that emerge in dreams, as well as in our stories about ourselves and what we do.
I consider that past experiences, particularly early childhood experiences, play an important role in shaping our current thoughts and feelings. These early influences are especially important in the repeated patterns we see in our relationships.
Sometimes it can help to work in a more creative way. Using symbolism and art materials can be a powerful way to help you focus on a particular issue.
The emphasis is on creating a containing space, where the therapist encourages you to play, mentally and imaginatively, with ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Working like this can be particularly helpful if you are a visual person who habitually sees ideas in the form of an image, or thinks in pictures.
I have been a qualified therapist for many years, with a varied clinical background in GP surgeries, the voluntary sector, therapeutic communities, and low-fee charities.
I have worked as a therapist and mental health practitioner in a range of NHS services, both in specialist settings and in primary care.
I offer long and short-term therapy, depending on what you need. Some people stay in therapy for one to two years, sometimes for longer, and some people come more than once a week.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the type of therapy I can offer you, my availability, and my appointment days and times.
Just drop me a line or give me a call, and we can take it from there.
If you ring my practice line, 01386 860816, you will hear my voice on an answering machine.
Please leave me a message, letting me know the best days and times to call, and I will get back to you as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
The majority of my work has been in the NHS, with a varied background in therapeutic communities, a prison, GP surgeries, an addictions service and low-fee counselling charities.
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Wigan and went on to study psychodrama, systemic family therapy at Parkview Clinic in Birmingham, and the group analytic approach at Turvey Abbey, in Bedfordshire to certificate level. I practise Jungian analytical psychotherapy.
MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), Adv Dip Couns (Wigan), Cert Action Methods and Psychodramatic Techniques (West Mids Psychodrama Group), Prof Cert Management (Open), MBACP (Reg).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I operate a sliding fee scale, based on £50 per session, according to individual circumstances.
An initial consultation is a longer appointment spread over two meetings. It is an opportunity for you to see whether you feel we can work together, and for you to ask any questions you may have.
At the end of our time together you should have a better idea of whether this kind of therapy may be right for you, and what other options there may be.
Yes, please see above.
Missed sessions and cancellations
In common with many therapists, I charge for every session, including those that you do not attend, for example when you are on holiday or you decide not to come. This is because the time is set aside for you, and I do not use it for any other purpose.
Codes of Ethics and Practice
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the British Psychodrama Association.
I am a member of the the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy.
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, the UKCP Code of Ethics and the British Psychodrama Association Code of Ethics and Practice.
I receive regular analytical supervision.
I am within easy driving distance of Pershore, Evesham, villages in the Vale of Evesham, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Malvern, Worcester, Redditch, Stratford and Broadway.
There is a regular bus service through the village, and Evesham railway station is ten minutes away by car.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Conversational French; basic German.|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Types of client