Hello! I hope this helps you choose your therapy and therapist.
I’m Patricia, I am an embodied, relational therapist drawing on over 15
years’ experience of one to one therapy work. I am offering a safe,
warm, and held space to support and help you through whatever is
going on for you right now. I offer both craniosacral therapy which is a
touch-based therapy developed from osteopathy and counselling which
is a talk-based therapy.
You may be experiencing discomfort or pain that is showing up asphysical, psychological, emotional or spiritual in nature, often a combination. It may be that you just don’t know what is going on with you right now, it’s just all too much, too painful or you feel disconnected. There may be a sense of difficult or overwhelming past/present experiences a wish to move through a stuck place. You might be seeking a supported space from which to enquire into the nature of your being…Peoples reasons for coming for therapy are vast and unique, what brings you?
I am professionally trained on accredited courses and am also a registered professional member with both the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and the Craniosacral Therapy Association (RCST).
This can assure you that my training was of a very high standard, that I am continually developing and updating my professional therapeutic understanding and practise and to trust that I am working within standardised ethical frameworks. I also hold a diploma with the British Psychological Society in Relational Mindfulness as well as my BA (Hons) degree.
I have post grad training from Karuna Institute, SOS Internationale Peter Levine’s school of Somatic Experiencing and in TRe (Trauma Releasing exercises). In addition I have studied and explored in depth the approaches of working with trauma of Peter Levine, Basel van de Kolk and Babette Rothschild.
I draw on all this as well as my personal life experiences and my experience of client work (both in private practise and with counselling agencies such as Bristol MIND) to offer these two different therapeutic approaches to support you. Please do get in touch.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, is a gentle hands on body work, born out of Osteopathy in the 1900’s, using relational touch and deep presence to palpate (or “listen’) to what is happening in the clients body and works with the body’s innate wisdom and life energy to bring about awareness, release, flow, balance and supports you in restoring a healthy relationship with your body-mind and your life energy.
Whilst very subtle, CST is a profound and powerful treatment process that can bring long lasting change in both the physical and psychological aspects of your being. Clients I’ve worked with have had treatment for all kinds of reasons; physical injury and pain, long term problems in the body that are unexplained or just aren’t being helped by other methods, low mood or energy levels, migraines, headaches, dissociative feelings, fertility issues, feeling stuck. Really the list could go on, again, if you are not sure if it’s for you, just get in touch!
Integrative Relational Counselling.
Counselling can vary quite a lot depending on training and approach. Mine, in part, has been at the BACP accredited training at the University of West of England (level 5) in Relational Integrative Counselling which means I can draw on a number of therapeutic theoretical models at different times in the therapy to support and focus our work together. That’s the Integrative part, the relational part is that our relationship will form the basis of our work together and will help inform and deepen the process. It is a 3 year training which requires a minimum of 60 hours of personal therapy. This makes a difference!
My approach, is very much about our relationship; to build safety, trust and authenticity from which to explore your world. I offer my experience, time and skills but firmly believe that it is you who holds the inner wisdom to determine your own future, one of the joys of doing this work is helping you connect to that inner wisdom. Keys to finding that can come from mindful embodied awareness and my background in Cranial work and Mindfulness are very much a part of my approach.