Welcome to my website ... please note that in response to the current times, all sessions have now moved on-line for a while. I am happy to discuss how to make this work for you....
WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE
I am a senior accredited psychotherapist and supervisor, trained in clinical Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Bereavement Counselling, Group work, CBT and nature based, soul-centric work. I have worked with clients for over 16 years: in the NHS, in Higher Education and in private practice.
I was Head of Counselling and Mental Health within the Higher Education sector, managed a large psychotherapy service in Brighton and worked as an international trainer and consultant for the World Health Organisation, the Council of Europe, several Government Ministries and large international charities. .
I have been awarded senior accredited status by the BACP and have published nationally and internationally for the BACP, the British Gestalt Journal, Resurgence magazine and other academic and non academic journals. On occasion I present my work at events, such as the Byline Journalism Festival, a BBC documentary on climate change anxiety and others.
I continue to be interested in the ways in which individual lives are inter-woven with the collective, inter-generational and psycho-social field in which we live and how the dysfunction in this field can show up in individual stories. I support people in tracking what resources and longings have been sacrificed in exchange for fitting in. This retrieval of exiled parts of the psyche often leads to greater vitality. The more resourced we are, the more we can serve the beauty, vastness and dignity of life.
HOW I WORK
If you are visiting this page because you feel stuck, down, anxious or distressed, you are not alone. There is no possibility of creating a life that doesn’t have change, loss and heartbreak in it. The reality is that in our shared human experience we all encounter times of distress. Sometimes friends and family can offer support in difficult times and sometimes we may nevertheless choose to look at underlying patterns with a qualified therapist. It does not need to be an either-or-decision; you can choose both.
We work together to identify what is needed to bring movement into a seemingly stuck situation and to find a way of integrating new behaviours into a more conscious and choiceful way of being. Together, we explore stuck patterns and their negative impact on your life and your relationships. Once you have become more aware of them and understand how you may actively maintain them, you can start to experiment with change. From a place of greater awareness you can then be playful, gently stretch your comfort zone and experiment with different behaviour. It is usually at that point that clients see real change in their lives, their relationships and their environment. I will support you in finding a way to integrate this new way of being.
I have witnessed many times what a profound difference this way of working can make to peoples' lives. That is why I am deeply passionate about my work.
WHAT I OFFER
I work in private practice in Hove and see clients on a short- and long-term basis, depending on their need. I work with complex long standing issues as well as situations that have just arisen. I offer on-line work for international clients.
In addition to the general 4 year psychotherapy training, I also did substantial training in somatic trauma therapy (2 years) , grief and bereavement work (2 years), embodied and creative interventions (1 year), CBT (1 year) and nature based work (2 years). I currently work with the Pocket Project on collective trauma interventions and train in Internal Family Systems. I therefore have specialist knowledge and training in several different approaches, which enables me to use what best suits the issues you bring, rather than asking you to fit one approach.
I extend particular thanks to some mentors and trainers that have irreversibly shaped my way of seeing the world:
My mentor and teacher Francis Weller, his soul centric work at the wild edge of sorrow and the important place of grief and ritual in our lives. I have been mentored and taught by him over the last 4 years and this is ongoing.
My main Gestalt Therapy mentors Malcolm Parlett and Peter Philippson
Babette Rothchild and Janina Fisher for their training in trauma therapy
Thomas Huebl and the Pocket Project for my training in collective trauma, especially in relation to the climate emergency
The Animas Valley Institute for soul centric earth based nature connection
Clarissa Pinkola Estes for her teachings and her guidance on finding one’s ‘original voice’
My training and experience as a Psychotherapist have allowed me to work with clients who come with a wide range of issues, such as:
- a broken heart
- bereavement and loss
- trauma that is trapped in the nervous system
- relationship difficulties
- survival of domestic violence
- low self-esteem
- work and career related issues
- women going through the menopause just to name a few.
Whatever you come with, my aim is to work together to transform fixed patterns, so that you can live a fuller and more satisfying life.
WHAT CLIENTS HAVE SAID
“I can’t believe how long I have waited to start Counselling. Now that I come to the end of it, I can say that it was one of the most important things I have done in my life, apart from getting married and having children of course!”
‘I am so glad I found your website. I can’t thank you enough for the change that has occurred in me’
‘It is a long road, but I feel I have my life back on track'
'Who would have thought that it was going to be so much easier than expected?'
FROM THE BLOG
Necessary Derangement: Steffi Bednarek in conversation with Sophie Holdstock
Email: Click here.
Registered with Counselling Directory