Lavinia-Grace Dawson Psychotherapist & Nature Therapist MA; BA Hons; FdSc; MBACP
I work relationally with people, with deep awareness, and in a safe way, which helps you to explore and understand the deeper meaning that shapes your present experience, and further promotes lasting, internal change. We can work indoors in a beautiful barn, or in the adjoining private orchard. Both are deeply special places. In the orchard we can sit under a canopy of trees, or stars, with candelabras hanging from the apple trees; I light a fire on cold days and evenings, for those who wish to connect with the elements and just be in nature, instead of a room. Both options are available and are tranquil spaces.
Dogs are very welcome to come to your sessions. The idea of welcoming you and your dog came to me after watching the special relationship between a client and their dog – I noticed how much useful information this gave us that we would have probably struggled to put into words. My experience of this work suggests that sometimes our very special ways of relating to companion animals can be the foundation to working with our ways of relating to self and to others, especially in our relationship with intimacy. So please feel free to bring your companion, where we can work outside in the orchard.
What does working relationally mean? How will it help you?
“When two violins are located in the same room and a string is plucked on one, the string tuned to the same frequency on the other will also vibrate” – Rowan and Jacobs.
This way of being in relationship means that you are subtly, yet deeply, felt, seen and heard, in a way where I am attuned to certain emotions, or specific information where I “quickly resonate with and recognise these sensations” in you. And although you may come to me with feelings of grief, abandonment, depression, anxiety, or relationship issues, I will be working with you to manage these difficult feelings, and also working with you, the person, at a deeper level. This means I am not sticking plasters on wounds, or merely offering coping strategies, but rather working at a level which evokes real and enduring change in and for you. Your relationship with yourself, your difficulties, and with others, will change - this is a lasting and internal change. Very powerful, very magical and at times challenging.
I listen deeply to what is said, and what is not said, in our therapy sessions and utilise maieutic listening as a therapist. For you, this means a deeper listening where my tone of listening “bears its own message” to you, attuning you to yourself in a different way. – Wilberg.
Both these ways-of-being in relationship opens up a space for you to feel safe enough to explore your own way of being-in-the-world, your relationships, your wounds, your hopes and dreams - to feel comfortable in your own skin. Wounds happen in relationship and they are healed in relationship.
This is depth therapy with the outcomes being transformational and deeply rewarding – an investment in yourself. Relational therapy rewards you with a deeper connection to yourself, to the world around you, and inspires a deeper stillness within you as you align with your truth. You will leave therapy where you will not be able to unknow what you now know.
I am also part of a select network of qualified professionals, who successfully supports psychotherapists, counsellors and other healthcare professionals, through professional complaints procedures.
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.
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 and nature, earth-based therapist.
I have completed two years of PhD research and will be undertaking PhD doctoral research in ecotherapy.
As of July 2018, I am undertaking specialist, advanced post grad training with PINK THERAPY on their LGBTQ gender, sexuality and relationship diversity two year diploma. I work with LGBTQ clients, polycules, kink and all relationship diversity be that heterosexual, or gay. I am kink and play aware and support clients in boundary and contract work in BDSM and play.
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, or grief 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 issues such as anxiety, addiction, depression, relationship issues, sexuality, identity issues, young people who self harm and trauma. I also have experience and interest in working with people who suffer sexual shame - this can be linked to affairs (yours or others), or working in the sex industry, visiting sex workers, out of control sexual behaviour (sometimes named porn/sex addiction), or how you identify sexually.
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.
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, sand-tray therapy, creative writing and/or creative media use as a way to explore experiences and feelings.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- 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 60 minutes Monday to Friday for single sessions.
£70 per 90 minutes for couples sessions.
£100 per 90 minute sessions for Polycules.
For my Saturday morning clinic, £70 per 60 minutes.
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 - 9pm Monday to Friday. I offer low-cost slots for low income households. Saturday clinic available 8.30-1
Types of client