Joanna Savory. MA. MSc. D.Phil. UKCP. ACPP.
I offer a safe, compassionate and confidential space for us to explore and 'be with' whatever is brought to the session. I find that healing becomes possible when we are able to be fully present to whatever arises- in body as well as mind. Talking is not all that it is about, and there is often more to our experience than we are able to put into words..
We seek psychotherapy when we feel there is something wrong- sometimes focussed on a specific problem but sometimes just a less defined sense of deep unease. It may be when we find ourselves stuck in habitual responses to life, or have a sense of not being fully ourselves. We may be repeatedly reactive in relationships- or experience overwhelming feelings of mental pain, even physical pain, without necessarily knowing why. We might feel disconnected from our deeper selves, from nature, from life itself.
When we are stuck in our patterns, or in pain, we tend to feel constricted. I work in a way that encourages access to our core of wellbeing. From there we can find a spaciousness wherein our problems can be better met, and our capacity to be with painful experiences nurtured.
I do not charge for our first meeting. If we decide to work together, the initial contract is for six weeks, after which we will jointly review and decide how to proceed. Thereafter further work can continue in stages, as we decide. Currently I am only able to offer short term therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills. WPF.
Diploma in Core Process Psychotherapy. Karuna Institute
Registered member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Association of Core Process Psychotherapists ( ACPP)
Twelve years as a Psychotherapist working in Private Practice,
Two years working at MIND.
One year NHS placement at Gorwellion in Aberystwyth.
Several years working within the hospice movement.
I am currently a clinical supervisor for hospice care workers.
Over 20 year's meditation and spiritual practice.
Several year's experience of Personal Therapy.
I have worked with a lot of clients who are in some kind of life crisis, and/or who feel caught up in their reactive patterns. I have worked with people with severe physical disability, with chronic illness, with transgender issues, with personality disorders and with the varying levels of distress most of us feel when we get stuck and have lost a sense of ourselves. This, and the unprocessed effects of trauma, tends to be what underlies such symptoms as depression, phobias, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, low self esteem, self harm, disruptive behaviour, and other problems
Some Examples of Additional Training:
Working with Trauma - Babette Rothschild; Focusing; Attachment disorders; Trauma and Dissociation; Sexuality; Working with Dreams; Surviving Abuse; Shame; Eating Disorders; Bereavement and Loss; Finding Hope and Inspiration in Death; Facing our own Death; Spiritual crisis; Embodiment and the Talking Cure; Advances in Relational Psychotherapy; Living with pain.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with illness and pain
£40-£45 per hour.
Concessionary places can sometimes be negotiated.
I abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Conduct and have full professional indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|