Ulrike Schmoranzer MA (HCPC reg.BAAT, MBACP)
Making sense of life can sometimes be anything but straight forward.
I became an Arts Psychotherapist because the combination of talking and creativity allows for a unique, non threatening and yet effective way to explore what might be creating distressing issues. Working with images does not require artistic skill and can be surprisingly rewarding. It allows you to express a range of feelings which may be difficult to put into words. It may help you to gain insights which would otherwise remained hidden from your awareness and thus never been able to be processed.
I also use SE (Somatic Experiencing) Trauma Informed work. SE combines the latest neuroscience with the long standing traditions of embodied psychotherapy. Trauma may come in many different forms and develop for a variety of reasons. SE supports the building of safety before delving into any deeper work, it helps to build capacity and resilience. This can help to shift from surviving to thriving in life.
I have worked in a variety of different countries (Germany, USA, Austria, Italy, Ireland, UK) over my adult career and am used to working in a mix of cultural perspectives and understandings. My cultural horizon continues to expand with each new person I get to work with and the unique take on life that is shared.
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
I have worked in counselling abroad for over 20 years. My interest for creative ways of working with the problems and the internal injuries of life grew over time. I had the opportunity to train 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.
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 am a guest lecturer on the subject of Compassion Fatigue - sustainable care giving in nursing at the University of Essex.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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 trial or assessment session may be useful to talk about what your needs are and how to best meet them.
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.