Josephine (Dilwara) Tucker, UKCP Registered, Systemic & Family Psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Dilwara, and I offer over twenty years experience as a trained psychotherapist, and vast experience of working and living with people in many different situations including as a trained Nurse and Social Worker.
I moved to West Wales twelve years ago and feel very blessed to be living and working here. Previously I worked in the South West of England in Mental Health NHS services, with foster care agencies, Local Authorities and in private practice. I have also travelled widely experiencing the many different social and spiritual cultures in our world.
I care passionately about health and well being and have completed many trainings that enable me to work sensitively and knowledgeably with my clients.
Our journeys through life can bring difficulties and challenges that leave uncomfortable, painful, and life damaging legacies. I appreciate that deciding to look for support and help to change this can make you feel anxious and nervous. To help you feel at ease I aim to create a caring and compassionate environment where you can safely explore the difficulties that you may be experiencing.
I value working with people who have found the courage to explore issues which are troubling them, and I recognize that you may feel concerned about sharing personal issues. My practice is totally confidential and non-judgmental, and I am currently working with 16yrs + only.
I work in a number of different ways - these are about you and what you are experiencing now, and considers aspects of your life that have influenced you. I have a number of training's that have given me different skills and "tools" which can help you. I tailor these tools to fit who I am working with and the situation you find yourself in, I will talk about these with you and we will agree together which ways would most help you.
I offer you a no cost, no obligation, initial consultation, which currently will be by phone, to enable you to make a decision about starting therapeutic work.
Whatever we do, my aim is always to assist you to make positive change so that you feel able to live your life more fully.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Family Therapy & Systemic Practice, Bristol University, October 2003 (UKCP accredited training)
- Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner - April 2007
- Intermediate Family Therapy & Systemic Practice, June 2001
- Master Social Work - Bristol University, 1994
- Diploma Social Work - Bristol University, 1993
- Registered General Nurse - Bristol School Nursing, 1973
I trained as a psychotherapist whilst working in the NHS in Mental Health Services, and subsequently continued working there for ten years. I have also worked in Private Practice and with a Foster Care Agency, before moving to West Wales where I currently live and work.
I have attended numerous training courses throughout my career, including:
- Insights from the Reducing Parental Conflict Project: Emily Ingle - Aug 2020
- Black Lives Matter" Dr Sharon Bond & Dr Nigel Jones AFT - Aug 2020
- Transgender Awareness: Mermaids - Nov 2019
- Humour in Systemic Practice: John Burham - Nov 2019
- Shame, Bristol, PODS training with Carolyn Spring - June 2019
- Mindfulness for well-being and peak performance, Monash University - Nov 2018
- Adoption and Fostering
- Anger Management
- Attachment work
- Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
- Bereavement, Grief, Loss
- Communication Skills
- Couples (I am currently unable to offer this)
- Cultural Difference
- Depression & Mental Health
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as Tapping)
- Gender Identity
- Identity issues
- Life Changing Issues
- Life Transitions
- Working with Living and Dying
- Mediation work
- Working with Children and Young People
- Parenting issues.
I have also run workshops for Foster Care agency's and other organisations including: Attachment Issues, Disability & Trauma; Self Harm; Fostering children with Special Needs; Managing Challenging Behaviours in Fostering; Exploring the meaning of Anger: Encouraging positive Self Esteem in Children & Young People.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and have regular supervision from a qualified psychotherapist & also attend a peer supervision group. My practice is regularly informed and updated by attending workshops and seminars and by reading appropriate journals.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adoption/Fostering/Parenting - Having worked in child care as a social worker, in psychological services in the NHS and with Adoption and Fostering agencies I have considerable experience of working with Adoptive and Fostering Families and with adults who grew up in situations where they were not cared for by their birth parents. Additionally I have further experience working where parenting has been troubled, either with parents who would like to change an aspect of their parenting, or, with adults who continue to find aspects of their childhood troubling.
Anxiety - There are certain techniques that I can teach you to control the anxiety while we explore what is causing you to feel so anxious, which could be a previous experience or a way of being that no longer serves you.
Low Mood/Depression – working in Mental Health Services in the NHS I have frequently worked with depression and understand the medical approach whilst supporting you to explore your inner psychological world.
Life changing illness – I find that my life experience and knowledge gained from working as a nurse and social worker are immeasurably helpful in working with clients who have life changing or terminal illness.
Sexual Abuse – As a trained social worker and psychotherapist I have considerable experience working with individuals and families who have experienced sexual abuse.
Young People - I have often worked with Children and Young People. Sometimes it's helpful for a Young Person to speak to someone outside of their family when something is upsetting or troubling them, especially if they believe they may upset a parent by talking about their worry. Sometimes it's helpful for a Young Person to come with their parents, you may find talking with a neutral person can enable greater understanding and improve communication. I am currently working with 16yrs + only. My main training is about family relationships and interactions, additionally I have ten years experience of working specifically with children and families in the NHS. (My DBS Certificate number is 001469322309).
Spiritual practice and healing groups.
I offer a Free Initial phone consultation for around 20 minutes so that we can consider together if I can offer you a service appropriate to your needs, and for you to ensure you feel comfortable with me. There is no obligation for you to continue seeing me.
If we decide to continue working together...
Appointments can be weekly, two weekly or opportunistic.
£45 - for regular weekly appointments (my sessions are for a full hour)
£50 - for one off appointments or irregular appointments (ie non weekly)
You may require one or two appointments, and find it helpful to have an appointment now and again, or feel that regular appointments are more helpful. Usually we meet for four to six sessions and then have a review to consider if further appointments are required. I offer concessions by agreement.
In the current virus situation, I regret I am unable to offer face to face appointments. All appointments are via technology. Should a return to face to face work become possible, I would be working from my home in Cilgerran.
Couples, Families and Groups - I regret that I find it to challenging to work with more than one person using technology and I am unable to offer this type of work currently.
Supervision - Systemic practice is naturally reflective and suited to Supervision which I offer to other practitioners.