My Approach to Psychotherapy
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 MA in Dramatherapy, a postgraduate certificate in Environmental Arts Therapy and I am currently completing an advanced postgraduate diploma in Psychodrama Group & Individual Psychotherapy. While striving to maintain the depth and uniqueness of each of these approaches I also attempt to integrate them within my clinical practice. When I am working with a client, I am holding each of these methods in my mind and always trying to consider what the most helpful way of working might be for this individual in this moment.
You may feel more drawn to one way of working than another and so we will find the way that feels most appropriate for you. You may want to simply talk through things from the past, your current day-to-day life or your thoughts and feelings about the future; you may want to explore your dreams and other unconscious material; sometimes words are not enough and so you may wish to draw, paint and sculpt or you may want to explore something in a more embodied way through movement, action or roleplay. Often the most therapeutic thing we can do for ourselves is to spend more time outdoors in nature, and so I offer all of my clients the possibility of working outdoors in specially chosen locations or indoors in a dedicated therapy space.
For further information on the specific approaches that I work with please follow the psychotherapy 'dropdown' box in the navigation bar above, or click one of the following links: Dramatherapy, Environmental Arts Therapy, Psychodrama Group Psychotherapy.
Outdoor one-to-one therapy sessions, using environmental arts therapy, cost £120 per session. These aretwo-hour-long, fortnightly sessions, held in a beautiful, private, woodland location.
Indoor one-to-one psychotherapy sessions and initial consultations are £60 per hour. These take place in a well-equipped and dedicated therapy space in Totnes.
Group psychotherapy sessions are £150 per month for weekly two and a half hour long sessions. These are held in a private studio space in Totnes.
Ethics and Good Practice
All of my psychotherapy practice, whether indoors or outside, takes place in an environment where the emotional and physical safety of the client can be met. I work within the strict ethical frameworks for good practice set out by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Psychodrama Association (BPA). These standards help create the boundaries within which a safe therapeutic practice can take place for both therapist and client. The therapeutic process, whether working with an individual or a group, is protected by a contract setting out clearly the aims that the client and therapist will work towards. The contract also makes clear the boundaries of time keeping, financial terms and confidentiality. All of this helps in creating a protected space where you can feel in control and understand the objectives and limitations that are in place.
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