Lucy Cavendish

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Dip-Colevel 4(level 4)

Counsellor

BACP

Availability

Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM

ABOUT ME

I am a qualified counsellor specialising in adults, adolescents and couples. During my work as a counsellor - and as a human being living in this planet right now - I have come to believe that there are just times when we need support and understanding from someone other than our close friends and family. It does not necessarily mean we are in crisis; it may be that we need a confidential space in which to talk, to be heard, understood and not judged. Sometimes, we may just want to sit in a room with another person - someone warm and empathic - and give ourselves a chance to think, maybe to speak, maybe just to be.
Why just survive when you could flourish?

QUALIFICATIONS

I have a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I am also a certified Couples Counsellor and am now training for my Advanced certificate in Couples Counselling. Over the past three years I have been working as a counsellor with 11-plus clients at a youth counselling centre and I also work with adult clients on a longterm basis. I am available to see adults and children aged 11-plus as well as couples. I am trained in many areas of psychotherapy including psychoanalytic theory, person-centred techniques and also group therapy involving psychodrama and embodied psychotherapy including the theories and learnings around the Pesso Boyden way of working.

THE WAY I WORK

I offer an all-round therapeutic approach. and my areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, gender identity, panic attacks, mild psychotic incidents, suicide ideation, couples, adolescents, anger issues and support for couples at every level of their relationship including better endings. I have many clients post-separation and divorce who feel they need support when everything else seems difficult and tricky. I have also helped families who are struggling with a range of issues, especially often when their children reach the teenage years. Sometimes adolescents prefer counselling by themselves, sometimes with their families to work through what systems are in place that might need looking at. I offer an initial session either in person or via the telephone, Skype or Facetime whereby we can discus your needs. We will look at what you think you would like from counselling, any previous experience of counsellng and whether there are any particular areas or issues you would like to focus on. We will get a clearer idea of what you might like to achieve and any outcomes hoped for. I will also explain how I work and we can get some idea of any other issues. It is important that you, as the client, feels that you have the right counsellor for you and that we can take a journey together.This is what counselling offers. It is a safe, contained space within which to explore, to move in to a better, deeper and more accepting relationship with yourself and others through the support of a trained counsellor who will be beside you and with you as feelings, thoughts and emotions come up. For me, as a trained counsellor with a Level 4 diploma in Advanced Integrative counselling, it's all about listening, thinking, working together in the room with what is going on outside the room but also inside the room. I work a lot with the feelings in the room. Integrated counselling means I have trained in psychoanalytic counselling as espoused by Freud, Jung et al as well as using a person-centred approach which means I deal with the day-to-day and immediate problems and challenges and look at what is happening for you now. I am aware that going in to counselling can feel momentous and many people feel nervous, worried and shy. My role is to help you through difficult times and to allay your fears and concerns and also to help maybe make tiny shifts so that things that appear maybe uncomfortable and insoluble become something that can be shared and worked through. It can be an illuminating journey we take together.

THERAPY FOR

Abortion, Emotional abuse, Abuse, Alcoholism, Anger management, Anxiety, Generalised anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Bereavement, Bullying, Child related issues, Attachment disorder, Depression, Postnatal depression, Eating disorders, Domestic violence, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Personality disorders, Passive aggressive behaviour, Pregnancy and birth, Relationship issues, Affairs and betrayals, Family issues, Separation and divorce, Self-harm, Sex problems, Anorexia nervosa, Binge-eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Body dysmorphic disorder, Infertility, Miscarriage, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related stress

TYPES OF THERAPY

Psychotherapy, psychodynamic, person-centred psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Couples counselling, Confident childbirth, Counselling, Psychodynamic Counselling, Relational counselling

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English