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 endeavour to respond to messages and emails within 48 hours.
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.
I specialise in working with women who feel stuck, unsatisfied, lost, anxious, suffer low self esteem, have lost their voice, sense of self and lack an internal sense of authority; for those who feel disempowered, disembodied and who do not feel they have transitioned from girlhood into womanhood.
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.
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 (2012) in both individual and group psychotherapy. During that time, I worked in an NHS IAPT service, offering psychotherapeutic support to people experiencing enduring and complex mental health problems. Alongside this, I worked as a clinical lead in the substance use field, specialising in work with highly traumatised individuals.
This work, along with my own personal background has informed my interest in the healing of trauma and how our whole organism (brain, mind, body and spirit) is impacted and organised by past traumatic experiences, thus keeping us stuck in the past and unable to live fully in the present.
I now integrate the Gestalt approach with up to date research in mindfulness, neuroscience, attachment and developmental theories and sensorimotor psychotherapy - all recognised as highly effective ways in which to treat trauma. In 2020, I will complete my training in BioDynamic Massage, which is a form of psychotherapeutic bodywork concerned with holistic integration and healing.
My love and deep respect for indigenous earth based spiritual practices and Mother Nature also informs my practice and brings a deeper transpersonal element to my approach. I am wholly committed to my own psychological and spiritual growth and regularly attend retreats, workshops, seminars, supervision and psychotherapy.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transpersonal and sprituality
Womanhood and female cycles
Low self esteem
Finding your voice
Working with anger
Getting back into your body
Illness and physical symptoms
Stepping into your power and authority
I charge £90 for an initial session and for any sessions thereafter.
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
I subscribe to the UKCP Code of Ethics.
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