Pamela Port (MA Integrative Counselling, BSc (Hons), MBACP)
Welcome to my Integrative approach to therapy. After many years of studying and working in the field I have found an Integrative approach to therapy is really helpful. An integration of different approaches embraces the uniqueness of every individual. I approach the therapeutic relationship with warmth, compassion and kindness. I will always do my best to ensure you feel safe and accepted no matter what you bring into your session. It is important for me to be genuine, open and honest as I always have your best interests at heart. This also means that I might need to challenge you however, I will always do this in a gentle and non-judgmental way.
I do believe there is always hope for change. Sometimes feeling the pain from the past is the way you heal the pain. One of my favourite sayings is "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow" Ricky Feuntes 2013. Therapy can be a painful process however, I do believe that once the pain has been processed it can be liberating. It can help you enhance your life and reach your full potential. I do believe counselling can increase inner strength and resilience. My purpose in life is helping people and I do this with passion and dedication. I think this saying is very appropriate: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars" Khalil Gibran. I do believe that nothing is insurmountable.
I work with a variety of issues such as:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Developmental Trauma ie a trauma experienced during childhood years
Eating disorders specifically bulimia, emotional and binge eating
Self harm and Borderline Personality Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder)
Breast cancer patients
Infertility and miscarriages
I am currently only offering Skype sessions
Assessment Session - £50
Monday - Friday Sessions are £45
Saturday Sessions - £65
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters in Integrative Counselling and a BSc (Hons) Psychology. My foundation certificate and Diploma is in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. This approach incorporates a variety of therapeutic orientations such as Humanism, Gestalt, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Attachment theory and Transactional Analysis.
I have also trained in Eating Disorders and Addictions. I use Dialectical Behavioural Therapy when working with this as it helps address the "all or nothing" or "black or white" type thinking associated with Eating Disorders and Addictions. As I have gained experience as a therapist I have realised that at the heart of all Eating Disorders and Addictions there is usually some of kind of trauma. I have broadened my scope to learn about and understand trauma ie Developmental Trauma, PTSD and Complexed-PTSD. I am also interested in the Neurobiology of trauma. I have experience in working with personality disorders like Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Borderline Personality Disorder.
I believe the most fundamental part of all therapy is the therapeutic relationship. It is through the therapeutic relationship that the most healing occurs. The effectiveness of therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship rather than any specific therapeutic model. How people are in relationships is usually based on their experiences of their first relationship ie the primary caregiver. It is important to understand our first experiences of these relationships in order to understand how we are in our current relationships. I have also done numerous training courses in Attachment theory as this is vital when working with trauma.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Assessment session 60 minutes - £50
Skype sessions Monday- Friday 9am-7:30pm 50 minutes - £45
Saturday sessions 10:30am - 2:30pm £65
Skype and Face-to-face Sessions:
Monday to Friday 9am-8:30pm