Counselling / Psychotherapy / Trauma Treatment / Energy Psychotherapy in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham / Phobias and Compulsions / Stress Management in Gloucestershire
Welcome to my website.
Perhaps you are having a casual browse or you may be seeking some help with counselling / psychotherapy / trauma / phobias and compulsions / stress management in Gloucester, Stroud or Cheltenham.
Either way I welcome you and hope I can be of some help.
There may be times when something is troubling you, but you are unable to think or work things through on your own.
I am trained to listen to you in a way that can help you recognise the source of your present difficulties, which may be rooted in the past. This process can offer the possibility of long lasting change.
My Approach to Therapy
I would like to think that at the heart of my Gloucestershire practice is what Carl Rogers referred to as the ability of the counsellor to treat each individual with "unconditional positive regard". This phrase has helped me appreciate the importance of the uniqueness and individuality of each person and mould my therapeutic approach to each person's individual needs. ONE SIZE does not fit all. My main theoretical framework is psychodynamic and I draw from a number of sources within psychodynamic parameters in my clinical practice. I am also experienced enough to work with people in solution focused therapy over a short period of time when that is more appropriate. Over the last four years I have undergone training in Energy Psychology methods and have integrated these ways of working into my practice. Whatever approach I adopt I will endeavour to treat you with gentleness, sensitivity and respect.
The quest within a therapeutic journey is to gain a deeper understanding of "self" and what has influenced our development internally and how that continues to be influenced by relationships and ongoing external factors. The writer and Theologian Leo Joseph Suenens once wrote "I can't change the direction of the wind but I can alter the tilt of my sails". The therapeutic journey invites us to explore what is within our power to change and "tilt our sails" accordingly, and how to accept what is outside of our power to change “the direction of the wind” and come to terms with the acceptance of that reality. In a therapy, some issues can be resolved, but often a therapy will call on us to face the pain of accepting our powerlessness over some issues and situations. The story teller, John Shea, makes the point that “healing can still take place without cure”. This realisation can be very empowering in itself, deepen our self awareness and self acceptance and release us from elements of entrapment which cramp our freedom in reaching our full potential.
I know very well that it is never easy to ask for help of this kind. You do not have to be alone in all of this. I have worked very closely with people in various capacities over the last forty years. I am an experienced Accredited Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist and have been established in private practice in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham over the last twenty years. I am on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
From the time of Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, it has been considered that a supportive relationship is a core element which contributes to a curative and successful therapeutic experience. I totally agree that the relationship between client and therapist is key and holds a central place in influencing therapeutic change.
However, I have encountered many occasions, particularly where a person is enveloped by elements of trauma which have become trapped in the body, where talking alone is rarely sufficient to reach and clear those body held traumatic memories and their powerful effects. For example, I have encountered soldiers and police officers who suffer from untreated PTSD after traumatic events and who continue to suffer because of unrecognised and unresolved elements of trauma trapped in their systems which prevent them from engaging with normal life and sustain healthy relationships. Some of the disturbing manifestations of unprocessed elements of trauma can include flaskbacks, restlessness, broken sleep and nightmares, stress and anxiety, anger and aggressive behaviour.
Other examples include a person who returns to "normal life" following a car accident (ranging from light to severe) and who may begin to experience a disrupted sleep pattern and become aware of feeling anxious or fearful. The person is genuinely confused about not knowing why this should be - "it just doesn't make sense, why am I feeling like this"? It is not uncommon for the person to begin to develop a phobia about driving. The person is genuinely confounded - the accident happened weeks ago and is finished and completely over, but in reality there are elements of trauma (emotional and body-based) which have not been identified, processed and cleared. These untreated elements of trauma continue to remain problematic - problems buried alive never die.
In the past twenty to thirty years, specific technologies have been developed which are actively applied in treatment and which are having impressive results with a wide variety of trauma and other based problems. Such methods include models drawn from the practice of energy psychology and psychotherapy. The fields of energy psychology and psychotherapy are quickly becoming popular because of their amazing ability to clear fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, depression, and many aspects of trauma. It is particularly effective in addressing elements of trauma, often trapped in the body where words alone cannot reach. One of the modalities of energy psychology known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has now been recognised by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as being a clinically effective and cost effective way of treating PTSD and other types of trauma and Is now included in the Collective Somatic and Cognitive Therapies approved by NICE.
If you need to resolve trauma, PTSD type symptoms, past issues, depression or other mental health issues I have over thirty years experience to bring to bear on your behalf. I am a professional member of ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology) and experienced in working with trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, phobias, compulsions, panic attacks, and other fear based issues. Please find more details of energy psychotherapy and models under “energy psychotherapy” on my website.
I also offer Professional Clinical Supervision to Counsellors, Trainee Counsellors, Care Professionals and Care Organisations.
I have three consulting rooms in Gloucestershire:
Central Gloucester GL1, Central Stroud GL5, and Central Cheltenham GL53. All locations are very private and 2/3 minutes walk from the centre.
A specified number of sessions over the phone can be arranged for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to travel to one of my consulting rooms.
Arrangements are under way for the provision of On-Line counselling. Please get in touch if this way of working appeals to you.
I have much experience in working with the following issues:
Trauma including PTSD, Work Related Stress, Anger Management, Bereavement, Relationship Problems including Same Sex Partnerships, Depression, Anxiety, Culture Difference, Minority Groups, Sexual Identity Issues, Spirituality, Anxiety around Retirement and other major Life Changes, Change of Work Direction, Dependency Issues / Addictions.
I offer an extensive on site counselling service to companies and organisations / Bespoke Service