Psychotherapy & Counselling in Bournemouth and Poole with a widely experienced Psychotherapist. Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision in Swanage & Poole, Dorset.
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Do you suffer with stress, anxiety, panic or depression?
Are you struggling to cope with issues such as low self esteem, bereavement, trauma, childhood abuse or work stress?
I AM A PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND COUNSELLOR WORKING IN POOLE & BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET?
You can choose a free initial half hour session or a reduced fee (£20) full session. This gives you the chance to meet me and talk about what you want so that you can then decide whether you would like to book further sessions.
LOOKING FOR A SUPERVISOR IN POOLE OR SWANAGE,DORSET? PLEASE SEE MY SUPERVISION PAGE
PSYCHOTHERAPY and COUNSELLING in BOURNEMOUTH and POOLE, DORSET.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SUPERVISION IN SWANAGE, DORSET
If you have difficulties with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, childhood abuse or difficulties,trauma or PTSD, work stress or bereavement I am an experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor working in Poole & Bournemouth,Dorset. I have much experience of working with most issues.
I offer Supervision to Psychotherapists and Counsellors from Swanage, Dorset.
I have worked as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Counsellor since 1993 qualifying as a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist in 1998.Before training in Gestalt Psychotherapy I worked using Counselling, Family Therapy and other skills in various work environments including with children and families, homeless people and people with mental health problems. I am a qualified Social Worker and I have worked using counselling and Psychotherapy skills for 35 years.
All my work is supervised by a qualified Supervisor.
I am trained and experienced in a wide range of therapies and therapeutic interventions. These include
• Brief Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Systemic Therapy
• Clinical Supervision
If you would like to know more about this click on 'Qualifications and Experience' above or CLICK HERE.
What issues do I work with?
I have worked over the years with people with a very wide range of problems. If you want to know more about this then please click on ‘Qualifications and Experience’.
I am experienced in working across the range of problems from problems caused by current life events such as redundancy or divorce to more severe mental health problems such as chronic depression and personality problems.
I work with
Post Natal Depression
Anxiety and panic
Trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual assault, physical assault and rape
Carers support including Dementia and Alzheimer's
Self esteem problems
Childhood issues including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect
Work related stress including redundancy and financial worries
I have particular interest and experience working with difference and diversity. I am interested in and understand how the experience of feeling 'different' and in a minority impact on emotional wellbeing.
How do I work with you?
I work with you to help you to resolve or cope better with difficulties in your life. You have the chance to talk confidentially in a safe and sympathetic environment. This can help you to become aware of and deal with issues that have been bothering you. It can help you make decisions about your life so you can decide how you want to move forward. It can help you become more aware of the skills and resources you already have.
I offer the time and space for you to become aware of and explore difficult life or childhood events that may have been causing you distress and discomfort. These may be sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, deaths and bereavements or other traumatic events such as experiencing illness or disability, adoption or fostering or being bullied that can make later life difficult. I work to help you discover how thoughts, beliefs, patterns of behaviour, and ways of coping developed in your past can cause pain and distress in the present. I work with you to help you change and let go of those things that you no longer find useful. I aim to help you become more aware of what is useful and what 'works' for you and to help you recognise and use the strengths and ways of coping that you already have.
You can use psychotherapy to explore and learn how to deal better with relationships. These may be with your family, your partner, your children, at work or with your friends or others. I aim to help you understand and learn how to communicate better and how to stand up for yourself. This can improve your relationships and make you feel more comfortable in them.
I have worked for many years in the NHS with people experiencing anxiety and depression including Post Natal Depression and panic attacks. I aim to help you discover the causes of your depression and to work towards making the emotional and practical changes that will help you move out of depression. I aim to help you discover what changes are right for you and to help you to make those changes. I do not analyse you or offer advice but aim to help you develop your own strengths and ways of coping.
I have much experience working with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You may be experiencing anxiety, panic, nightmares, flashbacks or excessive anger and unexplained physical symptoms which may be the result of past traumatic experiences. Sometimes these traumas are obvious when you have, for example experienced a car or other accident. However these symptoms can sometimes come from less obvious traumas such as childhood abuse, having been bullied, difficult childbirth or being present at frightening events. I aim to work with you to recover from and move on from these events at a pace that does not make you feel worse. An important part of my role is to work with you at a pace that suits you. You are in control of what you talk about and when.
We will normally arrange weekly sessions.
‘How many sessions will I need?’
This will depend on the issues that you want to bring. I am experienced in working both short term (4-8 sessions) as well as long term (for months or years). At our first session I will talk with you about the issues you want to bring, what you want from coming and we can agree an initial timescale.
Short term work
Short term work can be helpful if you want to bring single or recent issues such as stress and anxiety and depression or life events like bereavement, redundancy or coping with illness. It can also be helpful for longer term problems as these can sometimes be helped with a few sessions or you can use sessions to learn how to cope better with ongoing problems.I will discuss with you at the first session if short term work may be helpful to you.
Long term work
Long term work is useful for longer term or deeper problems. It may be that you have never really felt happy and at ease. Long term work aims to help you understand why this should be and how to move on from this.
Long term work may also be needed to help you resolve longstanding depression or anxiety, difficult childhood issues or other deeper problems. It can also be useful if you suffer with a more severe mental illness or personality problem such as eating problems, addictions or chronic depression.
At our initial session I will discuss with you what may be useful for the issues you want to bring. I aim to work with you in the way that most suits you and the difficulties you bring rather than trying to fit you into one way of working. Because I am trained in more than one therapy I have a range of skills to do this.
Please call or e-mail me to discuss how my experience and training fits the issues you would like to bring.
How much does it cost?
I charge £45 a session. You can book an initial half hour session free or a reduced fee (£20) full session at which you can decide whether you would like to come again. Payment is by Cash or Cheque as I am unable to process card payments.
I am a registered provider with AVIVA, Pru Health,WPA Insurance as well as other major Health Insurance providers who may fund your sessions if you have insurance with them and your GP refers you to me. I charge £50 for invoiced work.
Free or reduced fee initial session
I offer a free initial half hour session or a reduced fee (£20) full session in which we can discuss the issues you want to bring. You can ask me more about how I would work with you, my experience and qualifications and any other questions you may have. You can then decide whether you want to book more sessions.
If you are a Psychotherapist or Counsellor looking for Supervision please click on my Supervision page in the menu above.
Contact me to talk through your needs by ringing 07814 537559 or 01929 421722
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For Psychotherapy in Bournemouth and Poole, For Counselling in Bournemouth and Poole, For Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision in Swanage,Dorset phone 07814 537559 or 01929 421722.
I shall be supporting the Samaritans by donating £1 for each client I see during the week of February 1st 2013.