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Katie Donnison

PSYCHOTHERAPIST:

WORKS WITH ADULTS & LATE TEENS

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About me:

 

Hi, my name is Katie and I've been a practising Psychotherapeutic Counsellor since 2015. Psychotherapy and counselling are both effective methods of  therapy, however psychotherapy focuses more on long-term issues and growth, while counselling aims to help people resolve current issues. I am able to other both of these methods as I do not believe in a 'one size fits all' approach; instead I draw on different methods and styles depending on your needs. I work deeply with my clients to discover the origins of the difficulties that can affect one’s life, and what or who might be maintaining them. I allow you the space to explore and express your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns in more depth, examining whether there is anything that, together, we can work towards changing.

 

As well as working in psychotherapy and counselling, I hold a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology, which provides a deeper background understanding of human thinking and behaviours.

Specialist interest and/or experience:

 

I am particularly experienced in using creative work as a way to bring the therapy to life. This can take many forms, such as use of imagery, two-chair work, or using visual or written aids. Whilst talking to each other can be extremely therapeutic, there are times when working creatively can be more powerful and can allow you to make sense of things in a way that words cannot.

 

Clinical experience:

 

I have 7 years’ experience working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor within a GP practice, where I worked alongside clients with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, bullying, domestic abuse, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, childhood trauma, infertility, lack of confidence, and the general day-to-day challenges that life throws at us.

 

Alongside this I worked within a women's domestic abuse charity, where I specialised in working with female survivors of various forms of domestic abuse, including sexual, emotional and physical abuse and coercive control.

 

Following this, in 2020 I worked within the NHS, counselling doctors dealing with the covid crisis.

 

Clinical approaches: (what’s your core modality, and what modalities do you use in practice):

 

My primary training was in Transactional Analysis (T.A.), a psychotherapeutic theory that focuses on awareness and interactions with others. However, I work as an ‘integrative’ therapist, meaning I draw upon various other methods and theories depending on what is right for you and your needs. Alongside T.A., I use methods including CBT, person-centred/humanistic counselling, imagery & metaphor work, two-chair work and mindfulness practice.

Qualifications and Training (dates etc):

 

BSc (Hons) - Applied Psychology

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling Imagery & Creative Counselling Suicide Awareness & Prevention

What are you passionate about:

 

I am passionate about providing every single client a safe space in which they feel at ease, as I understand and appreciate how difficult and painful it can feel to talk to a stranger about your most personal thoughts or feelings. I strongly believe that everyone, no matter who, and no matter what you are going through, deserves someone to talk to, and I see the therapy as very much a two-way street; we are in it together.

 

I also have a particular interest in working with and advocating for survivors of various forms of abuse.

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