Hello, my name is Felicity, and I am an experienced, accredited BACP counsellor, also a Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP accreditation awaiting paperwork). This is my seventh year in private practice, and I have much experience of working and volunteering for agencies. My Diploma is in Integrative therapeutic counselling (person centred, psychodynamic, CBT), though I also draw from: transactional analysis; sensorimotor psychotherapy; neuroscience; Polyvagal theory; mindfulness; and creative approaches.
I am particularly passionate about supporting clients bringing issues related to trauma, abuse, and attachment. I work with adults, couples, children and young people.
I completed (2020) my MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, London. This training has allowed me to work at greater relational depth, with body process and mental health issues including personality adaptations.
My particular research area for my dissertation is exploring the impact of my own and clients’ spirituality in the therapeutic process. ‘Psycho’ is Greek for ‘soul’, hence, working holistically, I was keen to gain greater awareness around a topic that is having an increased voice amongst therapists of all modalities.
Before retraining as a therapist, I gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and worked as an advisory teacher of the visually impaired.
I have much experience of working with individuals who have additional needs themselves or where such needs exist within the family.
In addition to my private practice, I have also been:
Counselling and psychotherapy weren’t my original background.
Previously, I worked as a primary teacher, before moving into special needs education where I specialised in working with young people aged 0 – 18 year who were registered either blind or visually impaired. I chose to retrain as a counsellor as I realised that my real passion was in supporting people of all ages in a more holistic way.
I named my private practice, ‘Hope Matters Therapy’ because of my deep belief that for all of us as human beings, being able to find and hold onto hope is an essential part of our wellbeing.
Central to my work as a therapist, I am a wife, and a mother to three adult children, my youngest of whom was adopted internationally.
Today, my family today is becoming ever more multicultural, with five different countries being represented, reflecting my love for difference and diversity.
To relax, I enjoy walking my two Romanian rescue dogs and learning from them about survival, learning to trust again, healing from pain and unconditional love.
During Covid-19 restrictions, I am continuing to offer therapy via Zoom video, which I can help introduce you to if you are unfamiliar using. When appropriate, I will resume meeting in-person.
Please get in touch if you’d value support.
During this challenging time I am offering a free initial 20 minute meeting for individuals over 18 years old.