Psychotherapy & Counselling In Norwich, Norfolk

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Individual therapy offers a safe, reliable and confidential setting. It provides a relationship in which you can explore difficulties and their links with early experience, which can be outside conscious awareness, discover more appropriate ways of coping and bring about desired changes in your thinking, feeling and behaviour.

Through the security offered by the developing relationship with your therapist, you can re-experience relationships from early life and explore and establish new ways of relating that are no longer compromised by the habits that previously caused distress.

Psychotherapy may be 'short-term' (once a week up to about six months) or longer. Occasionally, short term fixed-session therapy may be offered. As a general rule, longer term work is helpful where problems are more deep-seated and have their roots in patterns laid down in early life. It is usually once a week, or more frequently when it is agreed that this might be helpful.

The sessions offered will be regular and frequent enough to provide support and continuity and enable working at depth, so as to facilitate lasting change.

Psychotherapy/counselling can be used to help with many issues, including: 

  • Relationships, for example: difficulties forming or maintaining satisfactory relationships or becoming involved in destructive relationships at home or at work
  • Work Problems - including managing stress, finding direction, improving communication with others, developing confidence
  • Feelings of Depression or Emptiness
  • Problems with Anxiety, difficulties in concentration, feeling overwhelmed (including panic attacks).
  • Sleeping Difficulties; (nightmares, insomnia)
  • Symptoms such as: Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia), Self-Harming Behaviour, Phobias, Obsessional Behaviours
  • Difficulties overcoming Bereavement/Loss
  • Difficulties overcoming Trauma or Stressful situations - Existential Issues (loss of meaning, mid-life crises)
  • Exam Stress
  • Coping with Bullying or other difficulties at School/college/university

Call To Book 01603 514195

Practitioners
Benedict Blunt DCH. DHP. BA. MA. HPC Reg. IATE

After completing a degree in Philosophy, Benedict completed his first professional therapeutic training in clinical hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in 2002 with The Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (ICH). Since this time he has worked in a variety of different settings (public, private and charity) as a therapeutic practitioner. He has also gone on to undertake a substantial amount of additional training, including a Masters in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, completed in 2010 with The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). He has been registered with the Health Care Professions Council since 2010.

In addition to his private work, Benedict is currently a senior therapist/therapy manager within the prison service, running a specialist psychotherapy service for offenders diagnosed with complex needs/personality disorders. This work includes the provision of treatment and the provision of supervision and training to psychologists, psychotherapists and prison officers. Before working for the prison service he worked for a children's charity running an in-school counselling service.

Benedict has also worked for the NHS, Victim Support, Richmond Psychotherapy and Counselling Service and the Parent-Infant Clinic (Hampstead). He has experience in offering therapy to a wide client group, including; children (1-12), adolescents (13-19) and adults of all ages; including couples and families. He has also had experience in working with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. As well as offering a 'traditional' psychotherapy/counselling approach, Benedict is qualified to use creative techniques to enhance the therapeutic process.

Individual therapy offers a safe, reliable and confidential setting. It provides a relationship in which you can explore difficulties and their links with early experience, which can be outside conscious awareness, discover more appropriate ways of coping and bring about desired changes in your thinking, feeling and behaviour.

Through the security offered by the developing relationship with your therapist, you can re-experience relationships from early life and explore and establish new ways of relating that are no longer compromised by the habits that previously caused distress.

Qualifications

*BA Philosophy

*Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH)

*Advanced Diploma Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP)

*Diploma in the Use of the Arts in Therapy + Education

*MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy

*Certificate in Child + Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

*Certificate in Group Work

*Therapeutic Communities Accredited Training (Levels 1-3)

*Foundation Certificate in Group Analysis HCPC Reg. Arts Psychotherapist Member IATE

Benedict Offers  Duration  Price
 Initial Consultation  60 mins  £50
Follow Up   50 mins  £35-£50 Sliding scale depending on income

To book an appointment with Benedict, please call: 01603 514195 

Annie Blunt, BA, DHP

Annie's journey as a therapist began with training and experience at Relate, which led to a deeper interest in exploring therapeutic interventions. She went on to study a family therapy course provided by the NHS , which proved to be so rewarding on multiple levels, professional and personal that she went on to train on an NHS course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As a teacher and qualified social worker, and these additional qualifications in Psychotherapy,  Annie joined the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) as a tutor and trainer for counsellors. Over time she graduated to providing diploma level courses.

Eventually family life took her to London where she worked for a  relationship agency in 'relationship enhancement'  and later for "Place2Be" as a Hub Manager overseeing Therapy in ten primary schools. Further training in areas such as clinical supervision and trauma therapy led her to her current, part time, role with  the  Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an organisation that protects children.  She has other work in the psychotherapeutic field, and also enjoy being a mum and grandmother, which is a source of constant fascination.

Annie has wide ranging experience in psychotherapy and counselling with a special interest in Couples Counselling and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

She Writes:

Stress, relationships worries and daily challenges at times are so difficult, but life can be happier and more fulfilling. Would you like to change the way that you feel? Therapy makes change happen.

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationships problems, childlessness, parenting dilemmas or related issues, come and have a free introductory session. You will have time to talk and explore and to discover if my approach would be right for you.

I can offer effective help for individuals and couples, in a calm, confidential space, where your concerns will be addressed carefully.  My experience as a trained integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor is backed up by HCPC accreditation and full insurance, for your peace of mind.


AS well as individual counselling Annie offers the following group therapy sessions:

Available topics are as follows:

  • Relationships and online dating - 5 sessions.
  • Recovery after a relationship breakdown - 10 sessions
  • Being a Parent - 12 sessions

All groups include both structured and unstructured time and provide opportunity for discussion and a social component.

Annie is at Treat Wednesday afternoons and evenings and can be booked at other times by special arrangement.

To book time with Annie call Treat reception  01603 514195


Costs

Initial 30 minute consultation is free of charge. Follow up sessions are 1 hour or 2 hours depending on need. The nominal price is £40 for a one hour and £60 for a two hour session but there is flexibility with costs depending on ability to pay.

Gosia Miernik PG Diploma in Counselling MBACP

Gosia grew up in Poland and also lived in Italy for two years before settling in England. Experience of moving and living abroad forced her to question, develop and redefine her personal and cultural identity. It gave her a privileged position to view things from more than one perspective and it helped her to understand that redefining ourselves is an ongoing process and a part of life itself.

Her life and her experiences have led her to career in Counselling. She is  person-centred counsellor  incorporating expressive arts into her practice. She works with adults of all ages and backgrounds and has had supported people with a broad range of issues. She gained a PG Diploma in Counselling Skills ( Person-Centred) from  The Norwich Centre,  following completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the BA degree in Fine Art from NUA.

The completed counselling training is accredited by the  British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

She has worked with groups at The Sue Lambert Trust, supporting survivors of sexual abuse, The New Routes, supporting refugees, asylum seekers and isolated migrants, taught on the Introduction to Counselling Skills course and began teaching a Certificate in Counselling Skills  course at The Norwich Centre.

Additional Training:

Group Facilitation Programme,  The Gestalt Centre.

Art Therapy,  The British Association for Art Therapies.

Art Therapy for Personal Development,  European Association for Distance Learning.

Introduction to Jungian Sandplay Therapy,  London Art Therapy Centre.

Gosia writes:

‘For me, counselling is a process, a collaboration between you and me. I am not a fixer, therefore, I will not fix your problems or tell you what to do. I will not give you advice on what is best for you or how to live your life. I understand that starting counselling could be concerning; I will give you time to go at your own pace and full attention for you to explore what is troubling you and what matters for you. We will work together; we might explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours to help you get insight and a better understanding of yourself and your needs.

Knowing yourself and getting clarity about your situation can provide the foundation for change. I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to talk about things that are troubling and concerning you.

Gosia works with a range of issues, offering both short and long term counselling work.

Issues she covers include:Eating disorders, Self-harm, Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Trauma, Personal development, Self-esteem, Spirituality, and health

Gosia is available at Treat Mondays and Fridays - call Treat Reception for details 01603 514195