Dennise Rathbone Counselling in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex and Little Venice, W2

I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. This Integrative and Transpersonal training is accredited by both UKCP and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the two main bodies responsible for setting the standards for psychotherapy and counselling training and practice across the UK.

In addition, I can now include Brainspotting as part of the therapy I offer. Brainspotting harnesses the body’s natural ability to scan itself in order to release traumas, physical and emotional pain. This cutting edge therapy, approved by the British Psychological Society, works subcortically, bridging the gap between mind and body and accessing our emotional brain. Whilst using Brainspotting I have experienced and witnessed the body’s extraordinary ability to both hold the trauma, but also its wisdom to know precisely what it needs in order to release it. Brainspotting is primarily a resource model, which enables the client to spontaneously make connections between events and then safely release the residual trauma held in their body.

I am registered with The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have been fully checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau), receive regular clinical supervision with a qualified and accredited supervisor and hold professional indemnity insurance.

I am also a Massage in Schools instructor (MISP); a peer-to-peer massage programme designed to promote class cohesion and reduce bullying in schools. For a myriad of reasons, children nowadays too often arrive at school stressed, which in this "fight or flight state" counters their ability to be open to learning. This programme enables them to feel safe in their bodies, indirectly teaches empathy and consideration for others and can create a calmer atmosphere in class, allowing the teacher to get on with their task of teaching!

I have spent the past four years working at Help Counselling on the Portobello Road in London, a service which provides affordable short and long-term counselling. I have experience in running workshops for adults on the topic of "Balancing the Inner-Critic with Self-Compassion". Additionally, I helped to run a programme at the Koorana Centre in Ardingly for teens entitled "Discover Yourself"; a fun and inspirational day which helps teens move beyond stress and anxiety and cope better with exams. As part of this workshop we explored the individual patterns of how stress plays out in our bodies and different ways in which we can restore balance, to enable us to work effectively and come up with creative solutions to our challenges.

I find myself drawn to working with trauma in its many forms and am often touched and inspired by my clients' ability to transcend the adversity in their lives and grow through the process. This brings to mind part of a poem by 17th century Turkish Sufi poet, Niyazi Misri:

I was seeking a cure for my trouble,
My trouble became my cure.

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