Meet Dawn

BACP Registered Counsellor

My Philosophy

My philosophy is based on finding meaning and adding value to life. I believe that together we can begin to unlock our potential, start to make sense of our feelings, connect with our bigger self and realise what we want from life.

Clients have remarked that I am a safe, trustworthy, accepting, kind and loving person. I provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment to explore both past and present experiences such as childhood trauma, relationships with ourselves and others, or indeed whatever else is happening in the now, and thus move forward with increased self-awareness.

 

My approach is integrative. This means the therapy is based mainly in psychodynamic and person centered ideas. Psychodynamic and Person centered theory looks at the influence of past experiences on current mental health and present difficulties, and is rooted in the work of Freud and Rogers. For any further explanation, I recommend these websites:

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/psychodynamic-therapy.html

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/person-centred-therapy.html

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/integrative-therapy.html

I am passionate about my work and believe that it is this first courageous step which can allow something wonderful and life-changing to begin.

My Experience

Qualified to degree level, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I work independently as a privately practicing Therapeutic Counsellor offering personal, face-to-face and online adult counselling services.

I am experienced working with depression, stress, anxiety, grief, loss, low self -esteem, sexual abuse, disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, dissociation, anger, relationships, Asperger's syndrome, OCD, phobias, spirituality, suicidal thoughts. 

 

I also have experience providing care and companionship to the elderly, including those with Alzheimer’s and those that have suffered from stroke and require palliative care. This work needed the Carer to invest time to listen and acknowledge each residents story with respect, empathy and compassion, while still looking to meet their daily needs. My experience also includes offering daily support to a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome. The role required flexibility, compassion and sensitivity along with strength of character to achieve a balanced dynamic in this one-to-one relationship. 

To gain further insight, I regularly attend professional development courses which provide an in depth study of specific issues and topics. These have included courses on:


  • Survivors of Child/Adult Abuse and Safeguarding


  • Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Self Esteem and Narcissism


  • Growing Up and Growing Older


  • Mindfulness


  • Raising Awareness in Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome


  • Transition into Later Life


  • Safeguarding


  • Trauma, Building Resilience in the client and Self-care for the Therapist


  • Sex, Meaning and the Menopause


  • From Shame to Compassion


  • Creative Pathways: An introduction to using Arts in Therapy


  • Working with Young People


  • Anger, Anxiety and Depression: Finding meaning in emotional crisis


  • Traumatic Dissociation


  • Changing Minds in Therapy


  • The On-going process of Learning from Supervision


  • Counselling Men 


  • Equine Facilitated Therapy


  • Assessing forms of Mental Disturbance

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Earned and Learned Security in Relationships