The impact of trauma, whether from a single event, bereavement, loss, illness or facing abusive behaviour past or present, may be taking its toll. Perhaps your gut is telling you that it's time to reach out and get some support to help resolve trauma and move on in life?
I understand the feelings that come with these can be so tough to navigate, resulting in depression and anxiety and at times that there is little point in life.
How I can help
Exploring in an environment full of warmth, positive regard and genuineness gives the opportunity for you to release deeply embedded trauma and be able to get on with life without being repeatedly triggered by traumatic events. My aim is to understand where you're at, so that you can feel heard, seen and valued. I'm alongside you in your journey to feeling better and for you to experience life with some joy and self-understanding, using my expertise to support you to safely access the parts of you that are causing you pain, shame, sorrow, fear and doubt. Iain McGilchrist believes there are four main pathways to discovering self-truth - science, reason, intuition and imagination and my approach supports you to discover your own truths from any or all of these angles.
I am a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist with a particular interest in trauma. I believe that you are the best expert in your life (even if it doesn't yet feel that way to you). Trauma is mostly experienced when we are on our own - even when surrounded by others, and without the presence of someone there to offer us a safe space, with empathy, compassion and positive regard. I offer the space to explore the trauma safely and creatively, supporting you to process it fully so that you can clear the blocks and enjoy the fruits of life.
As a neuro-diverse person with dyspraxia, I understand that navigating neuro-difference on a daily basis can be a trauma in itself and I offer a space to explore this, whether you have a diagnosis or suspect that you may be neuro-divergent (for example ADHD).
How does this work?
Trauma, either unconsciously or consciously resides in our bodies and in the deeper levels of our brains. To support you to access these points I work as a person-centred Brainspotting therapist which is an effective 'mind-body' relational trauma therapy that has evolved from EMDR. Accessing these points of trauma in a way that is safe and well-supported is best achieved with an understanding of our neuro-biology - in other words how our bodies store and heal from trauma.
Our deep and mid-brains work most helpfully when in balance with the neo-cortex area of our brain (the area that we use to try to make sense of everything). Brainspotting therapy, as well as use of sand-trays, movement therapy and creative materials helps you to release from the 'tyranny of the thinking brain' to bring about balance or homeostasis. This is described as the 'Neuro-Experiential Approach' which means that, with an understanding of how the body operates in trauma, I support you to find your brain's unique capacity for self-healing.
I am a member of the BACP (Penelope Wells 400613) and work ethically in line with the BACP's Ethical Framework. I am qualified to degree level as as a Person-centred Counsellor(1st class honours from the Metanoia Institute) in addition to training to Phase 4 as a Brainspotting psychotherapist and as rebound therapist with Rebound Therapy (movement therapy using mini-trampolines).
Therapy can be transformational process when you find the person to work with, so I understand that it's really important to get a sense of whether the fit is right for you. I do enjoy writing so there is a lot on these pages but I understand that just getting in contact and talking things through is much more effective than reading. Whichever way you best like to find out what you need to help your heart, soul, gut and mind make the best decision, then I am here to answer any questions you may have in this hugely important process. Thank you so much for visiting.
Carl Rogers, the creator of the Person Centred Approach