Romy Graichen MBACP - Trauma-informed therapist, she/her
I have a genuine interest in helping people lead happier, more fulfilled lives. My passion for working with people to overcome difficulties and trauma, led me to study Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Trauma Therapies so that I can support you the best way possible.
Being in a situation where we fear for our lives, or witnessing someone else being in that situation can lead to a traumatic response in our bodies which can lead to disrupted sleep, nightmares, intrusive thoughts about the situation, and feeling helpless and powerless when faced with overwhelming emotions or feeling cut off from their emotions altogether.
I enjoy helping clients understand their behaviour with more compassion, become more resilient and resourced in the face of current adversities, as well as learning to regulate their emotions. Learning to become proactive instead of reactive to their traumas, clients feel that there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, that they can be in charge of their emotions rather than feeling out of control. I specialised in trauma after having worked therapeutically with children affected by adversity such as abuse and neglect as well as highly stressful incidents that shaped their understanding of themselves and the world and helped them develop healthier strategies to cope. Often the strategies we learn to survive are the ones that keep us trapped, unhappy and unfulfilled. The study of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) documented the long-term impact of early childhood experiences on mental and physical health leading to early deaths.
Trauma can also strike when we are adults. The sudden loss of a loved one to violent deaths such as suicide or terrorism, or long illness can be traumatic.
Through targeted trauma-informed therapy, I can support you in establishing safety within, learn to regulate, become more resourced and resilient. After that, we can work together to process the traumatic memories and integrate these experiences and their meanings in a new way.
I specialise in Neurodivergence, particularly Autism, ADHD / ADD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and have been supporting clients lead more fulfilling lives by learning helpful ways to manage their difficulties, co-regulate and communicate in a way that supports them better. Growing up neurodiverse in a world that is geared for neurotypicals, presents its own set of challenges and harms us in terms of mental health (depression and anxiety), self-esteem, loneliness and many more. As Neurodiverse adults, we often experience work-related stress leading to mental health issues when employers are not supportive or unaware. I am thrilled to work with clients uncover their innate talents whilst also supporting them through the challenge that is the neurotypical school or workplace. I also incorporate the latest findings in neurobiology to help you thrive.
I am also passionate about my work with couples, many who have experienced trauma, or where one or both partners are neurodiverse. I use the theories from the Developmental Model, Neurobiology, Transactional Analysis, Trauma Therapy and Imago therapy to help couples understand what is keeping them stuck and steer them towards positive growth.
Parents of neurodivergent children often face a unique set of challenges that often contribute to tensions in the relationship. I feel passionate about supporting people to lead better lives, become more compassionate towards themselves whilst learning to understand their unique challenges and their difficulties whilst growing and thriving.
What you can expect from me
Integrity, honesty, and respect are really important in my counselling work. I provide a confidential and ethical counselling service. I see therapy as a joint venture – where we both take equal responsibility for our part in getting to where you want to go. Together we decide on a way forward. We can work towards a positive change together. The therapy process may be challenging and difficult at times, it may be exhilarating and uplifting, too. I can be there, so you will not be in it alone. I can teach you some simple psychotherapy concepts and neuroscience to help you gain a better understanding of yourself. With increased self-awareness, you can stop patterns that no longer serve you and replace them with healthier ones for a more fulfilled life.
If you would like to know more or you want to make an appointment please contact me on 0759-0757-834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I see clients online via Zoom or VSee, offer therapy via the phone and instant messaging and email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Supervision
- Trauma Focused EMDR Therapy
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Certificate in Couples Therapy (The Couples Institute)
- Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Person-Centred Skills
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- EFT (Pract) Level I, II and III
- Reiki Level I and II
- Advanced Couples Therapy Training (the Couples Institute)
- Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy
- Imago (currently in training)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild)
- Working with suicidal children and young people (NSPCC)
- Safeguarding children and young people (NSPCC)
- Working with couples and families (Gestalt therapy)
- Training the Trainer
- Working with children on the autistic spectrum
- Understanding Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Sensory Processing Conditions
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related queries
- Work-related issues
- Traumatic Incident Debriefing
- Death and terminal illness
- Parenting Issues
Individual sessions last for 50 min and is charged at £60.
Couples sessions can either last for 1 hour and 30 min and is charged £90, or will last 50 min for £60. We can agree together which is the most suitable for you.
Group Sessions last for 2 hours and is charged at £45 per person.
I offer some flexibility where people are on low incomes, so please enquire.
Concessions offered for
I also offer psychotherapy and counselling workshops, as well as training to schools, public organisations and private sector companies.
I also offer consultancy on issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - and have a strong committment to anti-discriminatory practice.
Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.