About Dawn


My Philosophy

My philosophy is based on finding meaning and adding value to life. I believe that together we can begin to unlock our potential, start to make sense
of our feelings, connect with our bigger self and realise what we want from life.

Clients have remarked that I am a safe, trustworthy, accepting, kind and loving person.  I provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment to explore both past and present experiences such as childhood trauma, relationships with ourselves and others, or indeed whatever else is happening in the now, and thus move forward with increased self-awareness.

My approach is integrative. This means the therapy is based mainly in psychodynamic and person centered ideas. Psychodynamic and Person centered theory looks at the influence of past experiences on current mental health and present difficulties, and is rooted in the work of Freud and Rogers. For any further explanation, I recommend these websites:

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/psychodynamic-therapy.html

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/person-centred-therapy.html

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/integrative-therapy.html

I am passionate about my work and believe that it is this first courageous step which can allow something wonderful and life-changing to begin.

My Experience

Qualified to degree level, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I work independently as a privately practicing Therapeutic Counsellor offering personal, face-to-face adult counselling services.

I also work as a voluntary counsellor at Cotswold Counselling Services in Cirencester where since 2012 I have provided face-to-face counselling to walk-in, referred and long term adult clients, and more recently adolescent clients.

I am experienced working with depression, stress, anxiety, grief, loss, low self -esteem, sexual abuse, disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, dissociation, anger, relationships, disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, OCD, phobias, spirituality, suicidal thoughts.

I also have experience providing care and companionship to the elderly, including those with Alzheimer’s and those that have suffered from stroke and require palliative care. This work needed the Carer to invest time to listen and acknowledge each residents story with respect, empathy and compassion, while still looking to meet their daily needs. My experience also includes offering daily support to a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome. The role required flexibility, compassion and sensitivity along with strength of character to achieve a balanced dynamic in this one-to-one relationship.

To gain further insight, I regularly attend professional development courses which provide an in depth study of specific issues and topics. These have included courses on:

Survivors of Child/Adult Abuse and Safeguarding
BDSM/Kink
Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Self Esteem and Narcissism
Growing Up and Growing Older
Mindfulness
Raising Awareness in Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome
Transition into Later Life
Safeguarding
Trauma, Building Resilience in the client and Self-care for the Therapist
Sex, Meaning and the Menopause
From Shame to Compassion
Creative Pathways: An introduction to using Arts in Therapy
Working with Young People
Anger, Anxiety and Depression: Finding meaning in emotional crisis
Traumatic Dissociation
Changing Minds in Therapy
The On-going process of Learning from Supervision

 

Professional Links

Counselling directory advert link

BACP advert link

Cotswold Counselling Services link

 

Testimonials from Past Clients

“I will miss you, the support and the sessions greatly.  You are inspirational Dawn and thank goodness in a world with such darkness, that there are people like you casting light, hope, compassion and love.  It helps to know you are on the planet even though I won’t be seeing you anymore.” 

“Just a note to say a very big thank you for all the help and support you have given me over the course of the year.  The safe, non-judgmental environment you create, together with your kindness, warmth and wisdom, have been invaluable to me, thank you.  It has all been integral to helping me to grow as a person.” 

“I just want to say thank you so much for all your help over these 22 weeks!  I couldn’t have done it without you……” “Thanks for being such an amazing friend and counsellor.  You will always have a special place in my heart.”

“Dear Dawn.  I don’t know how to thank you for all that you have done for me.  You have been just the right mix of dedicated professional and caring, compassionate friend.  Whoever benefits from your counselling skills next is very lucky.  I will certainly miss you.” 

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