Kate Merrick MA MBACP, UKCP
What To Expect From Psychotherapy
"The role of therapy is to help people acknowledge and face old hurts, instead of hiding from them; find adaptive ways of dealing with their pain; and explore and express their real self. In short, the therapist helps the client learn to delight in themselves." Elinor Greenberg.
As a therapist, I draw on the philosophy that as human beings, we have an innate wisdom and a capacity to solve our own problems and cope with difficult situations.
In our work together, it is my aim to help you see your situation more clearly and to begin to identify thoughts and behaviours that both help and hinder your current situation. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to support you in developing a growing awareness of your self and your relationship with others. It is in this awareness, that the potential to change lies, as you begin to identify outmoded ways of behaving that no longer meet your needs. This can lead to greater freedom and autonomy.
My approach is one of creativity and collaboration, and we will work together to untangle the sometimes complex nature of the issues you may be experiencing.
What happens next?
Once you contact me, we can arrange to meet for a 50 minute initial session. This will give us both the opportunity to find out more about each other and a chance to clarify what it is that brings you into therapy and how I might best support you. I offer both brief (anything from 6+ sessions) and long term therapy (open ended) depending on what your needs are, which is something we'll discuss upon meeting.
Please contact me via telephone or email. Please leave a message on my voicemail with your name and contact details and I will call you back. I will respond to messages and emails within the same day.
I am a professionally trained and qualified psychotherapist (MA MBACP UKCP), offering individual therapy in Shepherds Bush/Acton W3. I also run groups and workshops for women at different points throughout the year.
My creative background proves to be an invaluable therapeutic tool and along with a philosophy of mindfulness and embodied awareness, my approach supports my clients and I to work to in a way that is lively, spontaneous and imaginative.
I am particularly interested in the attachment relationships we develop as children and how our early experiences of having felt powerless, helpless, unseen, unmet and unvalidated can impact our sense of self - changing the function of the mind, brain and body and re-organising how we think, what we think about and how we feel. Please see the trauma section on my website for more information on attachment and developmental relational traumas.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having trained for a period of 5 years at the Gestalt Centre London, I obtained a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in both individual and group psychotherapy. During that time, I worked in the Mental Health and Substance Misuse Field and specialised in working with issues such as depression, addictions and dual diagnosis, anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, event related trauma (childhood sexual abuse, rape, emotional/physical abuse, arranged marriages) and OCD as well as working at a more existential level, exploring issues surrounding identity, low self esteem and re-discovering your authentic spiritual voice.
I now work solely in private practice and in addition to my training, draw upon my experience in mindfulness, body trauma work, EMDR, attachment and developmental theories. I am currently developing my research in the area of women's health and female identity.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transpersonal and sprituality
Womanhood and female cycles
Low self esteem
Finding your voice
Working with anger
Illness and physical symptoms
Stepping into your power and authority
I charge £80 for an initial session and for any sessions thereafter.
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
I subscribe to the UKCP Code of Ethics.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client