Hi my name is Ulrike and I'm happy to say that I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people throughout my careen to move through their lives into better places and come out the stronger for it.
My base training is in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (more to that below).
In the past few years my training in SE (Somatic Experiencing) Trauma Informed work has expanded my scope of practice and dovetailed with my creative work as an Arts Psychotherapist. Trauma may come in many different forms and develop for a variety of reasons. My interest in SE (Somatic Experiencing) grew out of years of observation and recognition that our bodies are often seeking to tell their side of our story but to decode this can feel baffling or impossible. SE allows for this process to be less of a mystery and more of a balanced and at times even poetic process when the appropriate safety has been provided.
SE combines the latest neuroscience with the long standing traditions of embodied psychotherapy. It has been born out of the long standing work of Peter Levine, Steven Porgess, Bessel VanDer Kolk and others.
If you are suffering from the aftereffects of an incident trauma, developmental trauma, surviving abuse, medical trauma or prolonged stress or PTSD - Somatic Experiencing supports a bottom up approach of healing which works on a resiliency model rather than a strictly speaking trauma model. By building resiliency it promotes thriving not just surviving.
In Arts Psychotherapy the combination of talking and creative work allows for a unique, non threatening and yet effective way to explore life issues. No artistic skill is needed to work with images. It can be surprisingly rewarding, and allows the expression of feelings which may be difficult to put into words. Insights which otherwise would remain hidden from awareness can become known and processed
I have worked in Germany, USA, Austria, Italy, Ireland, UK over my adult career and am used to working in a mix of cultural perspectives and understanding. My cultural horizon continues to expand with each new person I get to meet and support.
I work in the Prittlewell area of Southend. I find an initial introduction session to be helpful to explore what type of support you might need and how this can be best met.
Evening sessions are available to accommodate people with long working hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over 20 years working abroad and almost as much here in the UK. My interest for creative ways of working with the problems and the internal injuries of life grew over time. I trained in Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) in Islington London.
Since gaining my MA in integrative Arts Psychotherapy I have worked in Palliative care giving End of Life support to patients and their families as well as pre- and post Bereavement support.
I have worked within community mental health and inpatient contexts. Giving support with mood disorders, anxiety and depression and other presentations.
At an Essex based Children's charity, I provide parental support especially if there has been domestic violence, substance abuse, self harm or any other difficult dynamics which have made family life challenging. I support parents who have experienced violence from their partner or their children, and who may struggle to know how to best support their children emotionally for a variety of reasons.
My interest in SE (Somatic Experiencing) grew out of years of observation and recognition that our bodies are often seeking to tell their side of our story but to decode this can feel baffling or impossible. SE allows for this process to be less of a mystery and more of a balanced and at times even poetic process when the appropriate safety has been provided.
I have been a guest lecturer for about 10 years on the subject of Compassion Fatigue - sustainable care giving in nursing at the University of Essex.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
End of Life
Adjustments issues after redundancy
Stroke rehabilitation support
My fee per session is £40.-
An initial check-in session may be useful to talk about what your needs are and how to best meet them.
Southend 8 minute walk from Prittlewell Train Station
I am registered with the
HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BAAT (British Association of Arts Therapists)
and adhere to their standards of professional conduct and code of ethics.