Iona Marjorie Brown, MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), MBACP (Reg).
The Isbourne Centre
3, Isbourne House
01386 860816 / 07989 538922
A warm welcome.
Life can be a challenge. 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.
Therapy can give us eyes. It 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. Eventually, instead of being ambushed by our distress, we learn to accept it. We gain a new perspective, and the courage to seek more satisfying ways of being in the world.
Typical reasons for seeking therapy may be:
• Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, self-harming, or addictions.
• Distress caused by significant life events, such as leaving home for the first time.
• To find support. Therapy provides a safe space for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, abuse issues 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, including the one we have in the consulting room.
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 group therapist, counsellor 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 am a senior trainee of the Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy at the West Midlands Institute of 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
- Eating disorders
- 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, between £40 to £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 work in Cheltenham and near Pershore. My main consulting room is in a quiet village in the Vale of Evesham, and I have an additional practice base at The Isbourne Centre, in central Cheltenham, a few steps away from the town hall.
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.|
Please ask me about my availability.
Types of client