Lavinia-Grace Dawson Psychotherapist: MA; BA Hons; FdSc; MBACP
Helping you to embrace your true nature and to reach your full potential.
Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is a key part of the therapeutic process. Current research suggests that the therapeutic relationship we build together is the most fundamentally important part of the therapy. In honour of this, I offer a free initial session, where there is no obligation to continue; this gives us both the opportunity to meet and to fully consider what you are looking for from therapy and to see if I am the right therapist to support your needs.
Choosing to enter into therapy is often, but not always, about coming to terms with a crisis or disappointment in our lives - loss of direction, identity issues, children leaving home, family issues, anxiety, redundancy or career changes, ageing, grief and loss, depression or relationship difficulties. It can also be about undertaking soulful journeying, reconnecting with our nature through connection with the land, or about exploring our creativity.
There can be suffering and pain brought to the therapeutic relationship and many of our wounds stem from wounds created in relationship with self and with others. Being in relationship with someone non-judgemental, working through your concerns in a safe space with a deep listener, can offer you a chance to heal these wounds in relationship. Outcomes of therapy can help you to access a more solid sense of self, help with self esteem and may help you to connect/reconnect to joy. One client has written the following testimonial and other testimonials can be seen on my website:
I have known deep and dark places where there has seemed no point to life. Lavinia provided a safe and caring space, and gently guided me to a better understanding and acceptance of myself. I can now enjoy my life again and cope with "down days" as everyone else does.
I practice with intention, commitment and passion; I journey alongside you all the way.
As well as the traditional one to one talking therapy I also offer alternatives for those people who may wish to undertake depth relational work via creative channels, such as nature therapy, creative writing and/or creative media use as a way to explore experiences and feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychospiritual psychotherapist, group therapist, lecturer and published author on trauma. I run a private practice working from my home in Suffolk. I integrate psychosynthesis, nature therapy, transpersonal psychology and mindfulness into my practice, working holistically and relationally, taking the whole person into consideration.
My training as a psychospiritual therapist has allowed me to work with some of the leading practitioners in the field; Francis Deas (Core Process, Karuna), Will Parfitt (Psychosynthesis), Jane Sanders (Core Process - Karuna), Martin Jordon (Ecotherapy) and Dr Jan Mojsa (Transpersonal). I hold a degree in counselling, a diploma in psychotherapeutic therapy and a Master’s degree in creative writing therapy. I have trained extensively as an interpersonal group psychotherapist.
I have completed two years of PhD research and will be undertaking PhD doctoral research in ecotherapy.
I have a diverse range of experience as a therapist working both privately and in the public sphere, all of which enriches my practice today. In my private practice I work with people who wish to improve their relationships, who suffer from anxiety and/or depression and who may have lost direction in their lives. In the public sphere, I have worked with sex workers; with women in a residential women’s trauma unit; with people in rehabilitation units following substance misuse issues and for the County Council in special schools working with young people who have suffered trauma and grief. I have particular experience in working with young people who self harm, addiction, relationships, sexuality, identity issues and trauma.
I have presented at the first Trauma conference In Prague and my work on shame and trauma has been published.
I am committed to my own personal journeying in therapy and I also undertake clinical supervision for all my work.
I have been a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) since 2006 and I am on the BACP fully accredited register which is also approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am also a member of the Counselling for Children and Young People CCYP, as well as a member of LAPIDUS, a professional organisation which works with the literary arts to promote personal development, health and well-being. Other memberships include Ecopsychology UK and CAPO - Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
It is a challenge to reduce the areas I work with to a specified list, as I work with people and their emotional worlds rather than just the symptoms they may present with.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss your concerns and if we feel I am not the right therapist for you, I can refer you on to another colleague.
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£50 per hour.
I also hold some low cost therapy slots, which are subject to availability and eligibility. If you are currently on a low-income, please ask for details of availability.
I am an experienced psychotherapist which means I often work medium to long term with the implicit, depth reasons underlying our behaviours. I also offer counselling services which are for the client wanting shorter term work with specific issues.
I am a fully qualified interpersonal group therapist and I also offer creative writing therapy for groups and one to one clients.
We are all, we are all the children of a beautiful coloured flower, a flaming flower, and there is no one, there is no one who regrets who we are - Huichol song
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available from 7am - 9 pm Monday to Friday. I offer low-cost slots for low income households.
Types of client