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Before training at The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, I focused solely on my artwork after achieving my BA (Hons) in Cornwall. I’ve always had a love and passion for painting and all the dramatic mythological stories within the arts and my own unconscious. However, something was always psychologically missing for me; through the discovery of dream analysis, I began my psychotherapy journey, which changed my life for the better.
I completely understand what it is like to sit in a chair and feel vulnerable. For some phenomenal reason, sharing our vulnerability brings great strength, self-awareness and sometimes even clarity.
It’s been an honour to train and now work at The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. My training is within Integrative Transactional Analysis, though I do have many other areas of interest which I draw upon within my therapeutic practice. I have a great interest in Jungian analysis and dream work. I believe that the body, mind and spirit support one another, which is why I also take a more holistic approach using phenomenological inquiry. (Focusing on behaviours, words, tones of voice, body language, and other non verbal responses).
Whatever you choose to share will be held completely within a confidential and respected environment. I take a non-judgemental approach when working with my clients, and respect their individuality. I offer a safe and secure space whilst I accompany you on your journey. I will be there as a support and guide for you throughout the whole process; you will lead the way and choose when to open certain doors, and I will respect your choice when choosing to do so or not.
Face to face therapy is how I choose to work as I find it is far more rewarding, as it holds a much more potent therapeutic experience. However, I am aware times are changing. I do offer very limited times and spaces for those individuals with exceptional circumstances for online therapy.
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Because the foundations of security begin in relationship and specifically, the first relationship we experience with our primary caregivers. I believe in the importance of relationship within the therapeutic setting. Transactional Analysis is a collaborative treatment for individuals who wish to explore new possibilities and challenge core beliefs in service of growth and change. Within the working relationship, you will have the opportunity to examine how you relate to yourself internally and with others interpersonally. We will look at present-day relationships as well as childhood influences, and how these impact on the formation of self. Safety, care and compassion are my guiding principals when working therapeutically.
Within my practice I use an Integrative approach to Transactional Analysis, incorporating Mindfulness and bodywork techniques. I have a Level 7 Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy which I obtained from the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. I am registered with the UKCP and support my work through regular supervision.
I am passionate about the potential for personal growth, change and empowerment. I believe that through the therapeutic alliance you can experience nurture and challenge, healing and growth, and the realisation of your potential.
I love introducing the simplicity and inclusivity of Eric Berne’s model of psychotherapy to clients. I genuinely believe that therapy should be open, honest, and authentic and I like to use the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for personal change. I provide warmth, nurture and empathy whilst also offering gentle and constructive challenge. I believe that it is only in challenge and discomfort with the right guidance and support that the shift will happen for you.
After leaving university I trained as an Advice and Guidance Counsellor and worked for 16 years as a Connexions Personal Adviser with young people aged 16- 19 helping them overcome personal barriers to attainment. I was a holistic practitioner providing advice, guidance, and support on a range of issues including housing and homelessness, alcohol and drug misuse, parenting, and teenage pregnancy, being in care and leaving care and youth offending. I undertook a Masters in the Psychology of Education to complement this work and to satisfy my curiosity in psychology. After a career break when I had my children I returned to work at a private care organisation providing supervision and support to the most amazing and caring staff.
I am a reflective practitioner committed to my own personal therapy and to clinical supervision – I do not advocate for something I have not personally experienced and believe in.
Psychotherapy came along at just the right time in my life and has had a significant impact; helping me address some unhelpful patterns from the past and improve my relationships greatly. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the private sector, managing people and projects across the fields of publishing and digital media; but a seed of an idea planted 20 years ago to pursue a career as a therapist kept calling back to me. I now believe this is where I was always meant to be.
For me, the most important thing in therapy is the relationship between client and therapist; to find a therapist who you feel comfortable enough with to open up and be vulnerable with. When that relationship works in a co-creative way, we can transform something that we perceived as ‘broken’ into something more beautiful and stronger than ever before. It is a great privilege to do this work, and as a result I aim to offer a safe space which honours the uniqueness of each client, tailoring the work to their individual needs. I passionately believe that therapy ultimately offers us the opportunity to find our way home to our truest selves and reach our highest human potential.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. The remit for Reaccreditation Sub Committee is to support, monitor and collect information with regards to the reaccreditation process for qualified members. For example, yearly collection of information from the qualified members and the relaying of communication to the qualified members regarding their 5 year reaccreditation review by MIP.
2. This 5 year review of the qualified members will be concerned with not only their continuing development, but also the standards and ethics of the qualified members’ psychotherapeutic practice.
1. For the members of the Reaccreditation Sub Committee to communicate yearly with the qualified members with regards to their CPD, Research, Supervision, Membership details, Professional Details and Clinical details.
2. To collate the above information which has been collected from the qualified member and to pass on to their relevant training organisation, ie the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy will then look at this information and if there is relevant information missing, they will contact the qualified member.
3. The Sub Committee is committed to the maintenance of high standards, ethics and practice of the qualifying members and through the collation of information and the 5 year review these standards will be maintained and reviewed.
4. The Sub Committee will be responsible for dialoguing with the qualified members, if need be, within the 5 year time period.
5. The Chair of the Sub Committee will need to submit a short annual report at the time of the MIP AGM.
This Sub Committee of the Quality & Ethics Committee should be at least 2 members and a maximum of 3 members.
Membership will be drawn from the Quality & Ethics Committee.
The Chair of the Sub Committee should be in place no longer than 5 years and the AGM will review this.
There needs to be a quorum of at least 2 members for the Sub Committee to meet.
A consensus decision making process will normally be followed.
The Sub Committee should meet at least once a year.
The duration and time of the Sub Committee will be determined by the Sub Committee, for example 1 hour.
The Sub Committee may meet online or at MIP, whichever is suitable for the membership of the Sub Committee.
Members: Bob Cooke, Stephanie Cooke, Julia Tolley & Ruth Birkebaek
Terms of Reference
The remit for the Accreditation and Standards Sub Committee is to attend to the accreditation process, and to provide structure and support for those wishing to advance to accreditation.
To monitor and oversee the process of the Accreditation process from graduation to the final panel with regards to MIP registration of the successful candidate.
To feedback to the Quality & Ethics Committee and the MIP Training Co-ordinator any thoughts and observations with regards to the accreditation process for UKCP registration.
To examine and review on an ongoing basis the Accreditation Handbook.
The Sub Committee will be responsible for dialoguing with the webmaster of necessary changes to documentation with regards to the accreditation process.
The Sub Committee members will familiarise themselves with the entire accreditation process from graduation to final MIP registering of successful candidate to UKCP recognition.
The Chair of the Sub Committee will need to submit a small annual report for the MIP AGM.
The membership of this Sub Committee is a minimum of 3 members and maximum 5 members.
The membership should be drawn from graduates, trainers and senior members of MIP.
The Chair should be in place no longer than 3 years and the MIP AGM will then elect a new chair.
There should be a quorum of at least 2 members.
A consensus decision-making process will normally be followed.
The Sub Committee should meet at least twice a year.
Duration of the Sub Committee will be determined by the committee, e.g. 1 to 2 hours.
The Sub Committee may meet online or at MIP, whichever medium is suitable for the group.
Members: Bob Cooke (Temporary Chair), Teresa Leahy, Eghosa Aiwuyo and Angel Scott-Bottoms
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The focus of the Members Committee will be to embrace the wellbeing of MIP members, and to ensure it meets all legal and statutory obligations.
A further purpose of this Committee is to look at, explore and feedback to MIP present and possible benefits for members of all levels within the MIP psychotherapy structure.
1. To work closely with the administration of MIP including the Co-ordinator of Training and Trainers with regards to membership benefits.
2. To consider the possibility of a Members Benefits Manual which will outline membership benefits and obligations and henceforth be published on the MIP website, as well as distributed to all individual members of the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. This manual will be reviewed every 18 months.
3. Thirdly, all ideas, thoughts and documentation need to be fed back to the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy Trainers and Directors for approval.
4. The Chair of this Committee will need to submit a short annual report at the time of the MIP AGM.
The Committee will have a minimum of 3 members and maximum 6 members. Membership should be drawn from the general membership of MIP. If possible, the members should represent different categories of membership of MIP.
The Chair should be in place no longer than 3 years and the AGM will then elect a new Chair.
There needs to be a quorum of 2 members for the Committee to meet.
A consensus decision-making process will normally be followed.
The Committee should meet at least 3 times a year.
The duration time of the Committee will be determined by the specific committee, e.g. 1 to 2 hours.
The Committee may meet online or at MIP, whichever is suitable for the group.