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Bluelavender Counselling

About me

Is there something in your life that is not how you want it to be or that you are struggling to move past?  Do the same unwanted patterns keep repeating themselves?  Sometimes it can help to talk things through, unravel thoughts and behaviours or simply experience your feelings in a safe space.

My approach to therapy is integrative meaning that I draw on a number of different models of counselling.  What this means for you is that I am able bring together different elements of proven therapies and tailor them towards your specific needs.  My training has combined a study of humanistic, psychodynamic, body, creative and mindfulness-based approaches.

To do this it is helpful to explore your past and early relationships and how this impacts present interactions. We feel with our bodies not our minds and I use body psychotherapy to help build this awareness. This can increase mind-body integration and support the management of feelings.

I work at relational depth paying attention to our relationship in order to make sense of any relational difficulties and gain clues as to where the solutions to problems may lie. I use mindfulness to help you build resilience, and creativity, where the nonverbal dimensions of art activities can help us access your feelings.

These are my starting points, in a safe non-judgmental space from which to explore your difficulties, modified in practice according to each individual and relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in conservation and healthcare which lead to my interest in human behaviour and the mind. I have over 13 years healthcare experience in the NHS.

I have a wide range of experience in psychological and emotional difficulties which include anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, anger, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, low self-esteem, unresolved childhood troubles, trauma, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, chronic pain, addiction and anxiety.

I am committed to helping to facilitate your authentic self, letting go of defences so that you may live more fully.

As well as seeing clients privately in both short and longer term approaches I have also seen adult clients through various charities including substance misuse, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. I have helped them to find a greater sense of safety and security and start on the road to recovery.

Psychotherapy Training & Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, The Minster Centre, London.

Fellowship Programme - Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

I am a member of the BACP Counselling and Psychotherapy governing body and adhere to their ethical standards.

I am fully insured, regularly attend continuous professional development seminars and I hold an enhanced police check.

Continuous Professional Development

Phase orientated trauma therapy & Dissociation

Geriatric and older people's mental health

Understanding dementia level 1 &2

Reducing the risk of domestic abuse

Working with the impact of childhood sexual abuse

Severe presentations, diagnosis and treatment

Boarding School Syndrome

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Additional information

Initial and subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.

Please feel free to telephone or email me to set up an initial session so that we can discuss what you are struggling with and what you would like to gain from counselling. After this if you feel you would like to continue we can schedule further sessions.

When I work

Mondays and Tuesdays

Further information

My private practice is currently either online or telephone based due to the current restrictions in place.

Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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