Wendy Summers: Psychotherapist - UKCP Reg, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor BACP Reg
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Clinical Psychotherapist (humanistic).
Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I subscribe to the codes of ethics of BACP, UKCP and Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Previously BACP Accredited for 11 years.
- Skilled and compassionate humanistic psychotherapist, psychotherapeutic counsellor & supervisor with a special interest in Gestalt therapy, with 30 years experience of working as a therapist, in a wide range of clinical settings.
- My style is active and involved
- I enjoy working in-depth therapeutically
- I communicate with clients in a clear and direct way without jargon or theorising, in a spirit of authenticity and kindness
- I greatly value warmth, creativity and imagination
- I am passionate about my work and have a social conscience
I have enjoyed a full and rich life myself and have encountered many significant challenges along the way! I, therefore, have a wealth of life experience to draw upon.
I endeavour to ‘live in good faith with myself’ (being true to myself) whilst enjoying supporting others to do the same.
I believe life is full of both joy and pain:
'We must decide if we want to stay where we are or if we want to get to the other side of pain and live a full and purposeful life. That’s how you find the joy' (G Aldred).
In order to 'get to the other side' we require, amongst other factors, good awareness of ourselves and others (needs, wishes, fears and life dreams), acceptance and respect. Fundamental to forming and maintaining fulfilling relationships.
The therapy I offer provides the opportunity for increasing self awareness, in the context of an accepting and supportive relationship with myself as your therapist. I help facilitate my clients ability to make informed, wise life choices. I am not a member of any organised religion.
I provide therapeutic help in order for you and your partner:
- to complete and resolve unfinished disputes and conflicts in a healthy and respectful way,
- to fully express your unmet needs, dreams and desires to each other
- to develop greater emotional/relational literacy
- to gain deeper awareness around the fundamental dynamics within your relationship which is potentially life changing for you and your family.
'Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.'
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy, 2005, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: accredited course),
Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 1995, University of Bristol, (British Association for Counselling: accredited course)
Diploma in Occupational Therapy, 1987 (London School of Occupational Therapy)
I am registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a clinical psychotherapist (humanistic). Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I subscribe to the codes of ethics of BACP, UKCP and Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Previously a BACP accredited for 11 years.
I have been working therapeutically with individuals, couples and groups within a broad range of clinical settings, within the National Health Service (and Health Services in Australia), for over thirty years; including employment as: psychotherapist, counsellor and Mental Health case manager within a GP practice, for over a decade.
I have worked with hundreds of counselling/psychotherapy clients in supervised practice. I am particularly interested in developing my work with couples. 17 years of specialist experience as a therapist working with people experiencing long term pain, within an NHS Pain Clinic.
Experience of teaching and managing therapists, working as a freelance consultant employed by a Primary Care Trust: representing counsellors in primary care - NHS counselling/therapy services.
Private practice: 14 years experience, Providing: counselling, psychotherapy, clinical supervision to qualified/trainee therapists and team building for NHS professionals. Facilitating an ongoing counselling supervision group for counsellor's at the University of Bath. Contracts with Employment Assistance Providers e.g. providing therapy to BBC employees.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Pain Management specialist.
Weekly Counselling & Psychotherapy - from £40 per 50 minute session
Unless otherwise agreed, fees are paid prior to each session.
Concessions offered for
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, I am now working from home, online and telephone only.
Please contact me via telephone, text or email, we will arrange a time to have an initial brief (free) telephone conversation about your requirements.
If I think I may be able to help you we can book an initial appointment. This initial session is an opportunity for me to begin to understand you and your situation and it gives you time to become acquainted with me, so you can consider if the way I work is right for you. If we both decide to proceed with counselling/psychotherapy we will book an agreed number of regular sessions, after which we can review.
How often will we meet?
Once a week ideally at the same appointment time. If you need more support at certain times I can (where possible) offer twice weekly sessions. Less frequent contact may be appropriate towards the end of therapy but generally progress is faster if we meet once a week.