William Berisch-Secretan MA. FRSA. HCPC Reg.
I offer highly skilled psychotherapy to individuals and groups in my private practice. I also work as principal psychotherapist within a specialist NHS Psychology & Psychological Therapies service for adults who are considered to have very severe, complex and enduring mental distress. Within the NHS I consult to teams and supervise other mental health professionals as well as seeing patients for one-to-one and group psychotherapy. In my private practice, I work with a wider spectrum of people experiencing everything from mental and emotional distress to major life changes as well as those who are seeking to make more meaning in their lives or gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
I provide a safe and supportive environment in which you can make positive changes to your way of being - in relation to yourself, others and the wider world. I work through a mix of verbal exploration as well as more creative and expressive techniques such as 'action methods' and the arts. My aim in this is to support you in accessing your own innate wisdom and personal sense of direction. There is no need for you to have any previous experience of the arts to work in this way. It is part of my role to help make this way of working accessible to you.
All potential clients come for an initial assessment session where we can explore the reasons for you seeking counselling or psychotherapy and think about the best format for this to happen in. I am able to offer one-to-one time limited, short-term programmes of sessions, as well as long-term and open-ended psychotherapy. I also offer group psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) state registered arts psychotherapist, specialising in dramatherapy and environmental arts therapy. I am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and I also hold training membership with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes (IAGP). Further to my membership of professional associations, I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) - awarded for outstanding achievements in social progress and development.
Over the last fifteen years, I have trained in a variety of creative approaches to psychological therapy. I originally completed a foundation course in Integrative Counselling and a postgraduate diploma in Wilderness & Creative Arts Therapy between 2003 and 2006. Since then I have gone on to complete an M.A. in Dramatherapy, a postgraduate certificate in Environmental Arts Therapy and I am currently completing an advanced postgraduate diploma in Psychodrama Group & Individual Psychotherapy with the London Centre for Psychodrama based at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Some of the other areas that I can help with include life transitions, loss and grief of all kinds, blocks in creativity, connection with self, eco-anxiety and modern masculinity.
Concessions offered for
Group psychotherapy sessions are £150 per month for weekly, two-hour-long sessions. These are held in a private studio space in central Totnes. This is a special group therapy and a significant reduction from one-to-one therapy rates.
Outdoor one-to-one therapy sessions, using environmental arts therapy, cost £120 per session. These are one hour and forty minute, fortnightly sessions, held in a beautiful, private, woodland location.
Indoor one-to-one psychotherapy sessions, assessments and initial consultations are £60 per fifty minute session. These take place in a well equipped and dedicated therapy space in Totnes or online.
My approach is integrative and creative, drawing on psychodynamic and existentialist traditions.
As well as offering indoor one-to-one and group psychotherapy, I also offer therapy in a beautiful outdoor location. This practice is informed by ecopsychology, ecotherapy and environmental arts therapy.