Come to the edge, he said. We are afraid, they said.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came to the edge,
He pushed them
And they flew.

— Guilliame Apollinaire – French Poet

Psychotherapy and Counselling

What are psychotherapy and counselling and how can they help?

Psychotherapy and counselling are very similar and there is no real agreement on the difference. Sometimes, people go to a counsellor for more short-term, focussed issues and to a psychotherapist for more long-term issues rooted in childhood, but this is not always the case.

The types of problem addressed in counselling and psychotherapy are varied, and I’ve listed some examples below:

Why is a psychotherapist more effective than a friend?

Talking to an experienced therapist can helping you gain clarity about your problems in a way that talking with friends often cannot.
The reason for this is not just objectivity. There are many reasons, but, for fear of making you nod off, I’ll just offer a few. Certainly a good psychotherapist will have no hidden agenda. We undergo a long training and our own personal therapy in order to work through our own issues so that none of our material ‘contaminates’ yours.
We are also trained to see the ‘bigger picture’. This can help in many ways. If, for example, you find yourself repeatedly in similar self-defeating situations, a psycho-therapist will know which roads to explore with a view to helping you to gain insight (to join-the-dots, if you like) and, in helping you to look at the effects of the originating incident, to see how the ‘past is present (affecting the here-and-now) in ways that might not be serving you.

The next step will be to help you to heal the originating incident or incidents in order to help you live more fully and authentically in the ‘now’. Sounds easy? Not really. We train for years to make it seem easy. I’ll try to give you a broad idea of how that might happen.

How does the healing happen?

In my practice, this is achieved in a number of ways ~ our relationship is foremost. It’s the therapeutic relationship that heals. Therapists are trained to be in relationship. By creating a safe, non-judgemental environment where you are supported to feel free to be and do whatever you want (within certain healthy parameters, of course), you will be encouraged to explore any issues you wish to bring. My job is to help you explore these issues and to assist you in finding the right solutions for yourself. And because thinking and talking have often led to the same self-defeating solutions, we might try more creative ways to find solutions and/or explore ourselves. Talking is usually the way we begin discussing an issue. We might use creative imagination and draw, do some role play, use bodywork, movement, and so on. I will discuss and negotiate ways of working with you of course ~ you won’t be dragooned into anything you don’t want to do! And we will allow the ideas to flow from the material presented in the session.

I am a transpersonal and integrative therapist, I can work with a number of theoretical models such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), gestalt therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, transactional analysis and Jungian Therapy to name but a few.

What is ‘transpersonal’?

Transpersonal is a term used to describe experiences and views of the world that go beyond the ordinary. ‘Trans’ means beyond, so ‘transpersonal’ means ‘beyond the personal’. Experiences that challenge your sense of yourself, that leave you feeling you’ve extended past your usual sense of who you are, outwards into the wider aspects of humanity or the cosmos, giving you a sense of connectedness to the universe (such as you might experience after meditation or yoga breathing, for example), are transpersonal experiences.

If we liken consciousness to bandwidths, we might have Virgin FM, Classic FM, Radios 1,2,3 & 4 and so on. Imagine now you’ve always tuned in to Classic FM and never heard of the other stations, or bandwidths. You then meet someone who’s a devotee of Virgin FM. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re a bit crazy, or making it up.

Consciousness seems to be like that. Talk to a skeptic about a peak experience or the benefits of working with the chakras and they might accuse you of gullibility. As Ken Wilbur says in Spectrum of Consciousness ‘this is like the tail denying the existence of the dog’.

The transpersonal aspect of psychotherapy is associated with spirituality although it is not ~ in this context ~ connected to religion.

The spiritual dimension covers such aspects as finding meaning, listening to the call of the heart or the soul, valuing the imagination and intuition, taking guidance from dreams, our capacity to love, our ability to listen to the instinctual nature, our sense of joy and humour, our sense of connectedness, our ability to reach out to those we love, and so on.

Where will the sessions take place?

I work from consulting rooms in Little Venice, Maida Vale, near Paddington, W2 (on the banks of the Grand Union Canal). The nearest stations and tube stations are Paddington and Warwick Avenue.

I also work from my home in Lidlington, Bedfordshire.

How often are the sessions and for what period of time?

The sessions are a minimum of once a week and they last 50 minutes. As to the duration of the therapy, I would not be able to hazard a guess until we have met for a few weeks. Counselling and psychotherapy are usually ~ but not always ~ open-ended.

Qualifications and Experience

After a 20-year career in advertising I changed careers and began training as a psychotherapist in 1993, graduating in 1998. My current qualifications are:

I have a private practice seeing individuals and couples in Little Venice, London, W2 and from my home in a village in Bedfordshire. I supervise psychotherapists, psychotherapists-in-training and counsellors from a variety of theoretical perspectives. In addition to my private practice I run regular seminars on a variety of topics (see below).

Professional Membership

I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and abide by their code of ethics.

Continued Professional Development for Therapists

I run a variety of CPD courses on subjects such as:

Contact me

You can contact me via my mobile, email, or my website:

Tel:07762 738238
Email:lynn.somerfield@gmail.com
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