Dennise Rathbone, Dip. Psych, mBACP
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.
It brings to mind part of a poem by the 17th-century Turkish Sufi poet, Niyazi Misri:
I was seeking a cure for my trouble
My trouble became my cure
The idea that trauma disconnects us from aspects of ourselves resonates strongly with me.
If we don't feel connected to ourselves, we struggle to feel connected to others and to the world around us. Then what happens to those around us, our communities and our environment also matters to us less.
I firmly believe that curiosity and self-compassion are key. This allows us to turn, with an open curiosity, towards the aspects of ourselves or another, which we might otherwise judge or turn away from.
The West African Dagara people say that no-one comes into this world for no reason. We each come here carrying a gift and a purpose.
I suppose that my gift is in allowing you to unfold as you discover what your gift is, your own special purpose.
See you soon,
Training, qualifications and experience
- I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. This integrative and transpersonal training (which took five years) is accredited by both The UK Council for Psychotherapy 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 offer Brainspotting as part of my practice. I’ve undertaken Level 1 and Level 2 training, as well as courses on Working with Addictions and Brainspotting with Children. In February, I’m going to be training with founder David Grand, who is coming over from America to run the Level 3 course. For more about this innovative and exciting therapy, click here.
- I spent four years working at Help Counselling on the Portobello Road in London (founded by Richard Branson) – a registered charity providing affordable short and long-term counselling.
- 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 lots of different reasons, children nowadays often arrive at school stressed. This ‘fight or flight state’ obstructs their ability to learn and the MISP programme enables them to feel safe in their bodies and to learn empathy and consideration for others. It has been shown to lead to a calmer atmosphere in class, allowing the teacher to get on with their task of teaching!
- 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 the 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.
- More recently, I have been running workshops for adults on the topic of ‘Balancing the Inner-Critic with Self-Compassion’.
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