Castle Counselling & Psychotherapy UKCP & HCPC Reg Therapist - J Porterfield
The Richardson Hospital
I provide counselling and psychotherapy with adults. With over 25 years of mental health experience within the NHS, I offer both short term and longer term psychotherapy depending upon a client's needs and timescales, (these always agreed following assessment). However, during therapy, this can be negotiated. Sessions usually last 50 minutes.
I have much experience of working with individuals who have had a mental health diagnosis, for example, Depression and Anxiety Disorders and may already be involved or have been involved with other health professionals. I am also available and experienced in Staff Wellbeing, providing therapy and counselling with both medical and other NHS personnel.
In addition, I have specialist knowledge in the treatment of Eating Disorders. I have also worked as a Student Counsellor in a University for many years, in a GP practice and a NHS Specialist Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Service.
Finally, I understand it can be very difficult to access the right professional with whom you can share your present difficulties within a safe, respectful and appropriate setting without interruptions, too many cancellations and too little time and I endeavour to provide all of the above. Psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling is an explorative therapy helping us understand our past and present relationships, the often intense emotions attached to those and the many conflicts that surround these experiences.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited practitioner with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have a current enhanced DBS Check.
My relevant academic and professional qualifications are a Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Degree in Integrative Counselling. In addition, I have trained for a further 4 years in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy within a NHS setting.
Psychotherapy, involves a relationship of developing trust. This can help us to acknowledge and work on those personal difficulties and experiences that can isolate us from other people and undermine our confidence in ourselves. Becoming more able to face and understand our past and current difficulties and experiences, including those aspects of ourselves that we struggle with - we can become more in tune with, and more accepting of ourselves and others.
It is important to give a place to all that we are, not just the experiences that have both enhanced and restricted us in the past; for example traumatic experiences and other deeply unresolved issues, but also our underlying potential. Psychotherapy can help us realise, develop and embrace ourselves more fully, become less conflicted, troubled and confused. Initially,the need to talk in a safe and supportive relationship can be the beginning of a process of healing and recovery.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked in Adoption Services in the past counselling Adoptees and preparing potential applicants to adopt. I have also experiences in counselling those adoptees who are searching for birth families.
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Assessment fee is £60.00
Ongoing therapy fee is £55.00
I provide a confidential and reliable therapy service within a safe and welcoming environment utilizing a local NHS facility. I have availability throughout the working week seeing potential clients between 9 - 5 pm. If you would like to discuss a potential assessment then please telephone or e-mail me.
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