L. Faith Hewitt MA, UKCP
We all experience the emotional highs and lows of life therefore psychological support can be beneficial to absolutely everyone, and particularly during times of uncertainty, fear, stress.
COVID-19: I offer as an option, telephone or video sessions to new clients. I offer a listening service to Frontline Staff, at risk groups (the elderly, anyone with pre-existing health conditions or pregnant). I offer mental health support to anyone who feel they may benefit from talking to a professional. Please call, or email me, to discuss your needs.
A need for therapy?
We don't always 'know' what brings us to a place of needing help, but there may be a number of reasons for considering therapeutic support at this time
- A feeling of overwhelm, of stress - a lot going on with you, and for you, right now
- You may be experiencing a major life change, or having flashbacks or intrusive thoughts from historical trauma
- You may have experienced a recent loss, or struggling with complex and complicated grief, with little sense of closure
- You may be struggling with depression or have noticed increased anxiety, paranoia, threat or fear
- You may recognise that something has happened in your past, that you have not quite gotten over and may want to explore this with someone ‘neutral’
- Maybe one morning you woke and you just did not feel yourself, something didn’t feel quite right, like something had shifted in you.
- Maybe you can’t fully understand it but you notice that your ability to function has been affected, you may not feel as happy as you did, have withdrawn and avoid social contact
- You might want to talk through a big decision, appreciate help in working out what you want to do, or may not want to do, what direction to go, how to move forward.
Why talk to a therapist
We may have other people in our lives with whom we feel comfortable, at times, to share problems and concerns. However we have certain ways of being around friends, family or partners and may have developed specific ways of behaving around them that may interfere with how open and truthful we might be about how we are really feeling - particularly where we may be grappling with feelings of shame and guilt.
The beauty of the therapeutic relationship is that you can be your own authentic self, without worrying about the impact on the therapist. Whatever feelings, questions, uncertainties, behaviour, thoughts, concerns etc, that arise during the process of therapy can be worked with.
What to expect from therapy for the first time
Meeting a person for the first time can be daunting, and if this is your first experience of therapy the process might feel intimidating and strange, principally because the therapist's interest and focus will be you. In the time available you can talk about anything that matters to you, everything is important, nothing 'insignificant, thought it may seem so at first glance. I will listen to your story, your experiences, your reflections, your concerns. I will take notice of your symptoms and responses; I will respect your goals and hopes. I will explore with you the challenges you are facing and see if there are ways we can work together to make sense of your experiences and to understand what might be helpful in supporting you.
Settling into therapy
A certain level of trust needs to be built with a therapist to feel safe enough to openly talk about the things that impact us. My hope is that after a few sessions our relationship will be formed enough to assess if the therapy is working for you, and is meeting your needs.
I offer both short and long term contracts. If by six to eight sessions you've achieved what you had hoped from the therapy you may choose to end at this point. Long term psychotherapy is offered where you may want to explore your experiences in greater depth. This is a unique opportunity for transformational change, personal awareness and development.
If you have had time-limited counselling on the NHS or an IAPT or EAP service and would benefit from further support please contact me.
A no commitment opportunity to meet me, assess your needs and motivation for therapy; also to judge if I am the right therapist to support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UKCP accredited and registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor.
- Professional psychotherapy training completed at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute (2007-2011)
- Masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy awarded by University of Birmingham (2011)
- Personal therapy was mandatory throughout the 4-5 years of training. Beyond the training I have continued to access personal therapy to work through pertinent issues as they have arisen in my life, as well as for continuing personal and professional development.
- Clinical Supervision (2016-2018)
- Foundation in Group analysis (ongoing)
My theoretical model is a synthesis of psychodynamic, humanistic and systems theories. I am committed to personal and professional development.
9 years post qualification experience in private practice and 7 years working in Primary Mental Healthcare (NHS). I am able to offer short, medium or long-term therapy.
I have had the privilege of working in the following contexts: Higher Education, BAME organisations, Nottingham Counselling Service, Coping with Cancer, IAPT and EAP services.
Recent continuing professional development includes Attachment and Personality Development; Complex Trauma; Grief and Loss; Healing the fragmented selves of Trauma survivors; Inner Child work; Focusing and existential philosophies; Neuroscience and Neurobiology theories and practice; introduction to DBT, Group Analysis.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Imposter Syndrome
- Loss of faith
- Age-related issues
- Cultural Issues
- Health-related issues
- Difference and Diversity
- International clients
£50 initial consultation and ongoing sessions. See my website for further information.
I am particularly interested in offering support in the following areas
- Childhood Trauma, Abuse, Neglect
- Cultural issues - Migration, Displacement, Home and belonging
- Bereavement, including suicide - Receive support with processing difficult emotions
- Organisational Change/Restructuring
- Faith and Spirituality
- Older Persons: My clinical experience in the NHS has developed a passion for working with older clients around issues such as transition, change, loss (eg employment, redundancy, retirement, physical health challenges, impairment, ageing, death).
If you are an older client and desire psychological support I am interested in hearing from you. Home visits possible within certain mileage.
Depression, stress and acute anxiety may be symptoms of deeper concerns.