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Welcome to my website, my name is Bridget Walker and I am a fully insured, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor. I am also a registered Mental Health Nurse.

My interest in mental health stems from a background in Psychiatry, Education and the Arts. I have a strong belief in the potential for emotional, physical and spiritual health in every individual. I am passionate about the place the arts and imagination have in promoting change and releasing potential within the individual and the community.

Apart from immediate crises such as relationship breakdown, redundancy and bereavement, many of us find a time in our lives when we need to explore our life direction in a confidential environment. Psychotherapy meets this need and can be useful both in times of crisis, to address issues from the past and as a forum for personal curiosity and development.

For all of us, issues not sufficiently dealt with over time can continue to impact on everyday life culminating in destructive relationship patterns, depressive or disturbing episodes or recurrent negative thinking. I believe that if we can understand and manage these issues successfully we can live to our greatest potential and be more fully who we are in relationship with others, ourselves and in groups and communities.  Fundamentally I am interested in exploring how we can express the remarkable stories of our lives and what it means for us to be human.

I work with adults in individual and group settings from therapy rooms in Marlborough and Newbury.

I am happy to discuss my style of working and ways in which we might be able to think about your specific needs and I look forward to meeting you.

About Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential environment in which to explore your feelings and reflect on thinking and behaviours. This is achieved by developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with your therapist and committing to the process.

Psychotherapy can be an exciting adventure to discover new or forgotten aspects of yourself or it might be something suggested to you by a friend or professional in order to deal with a particular issue in your life. Whatever your reasons psychotherapy has the potential to help. Talk to your therapist about what you need and use the first few sessions to establish between you whether or not you can work together. A good psychotherapist will welcome this approach. All psychotherapists should have clinical supervision to maintain proper working practices. Ask your therapist about this.

 

 

About

I am an experienced Psychotherapist with a background in Mental Health Nursing, Education and Community Arts. My qualifications include:

        • M.A. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
        • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
        • M.Sc. Professional and Policy Studies (Health)
        • B.A. Education and Community Studies
        • Cruse bereavement training
        • Mindfulness Training (Stanton/Williams 2012/15)
        • Compassion Focussed Therapy (Gilbert 2015)
        • ‘Mindsight’ : Neuroscience (Siegel 2013)
        • ‘BRIEF’ : A solution focused outlook on Therapy

     

  • As a Psychotherapist for more than 20 years I have worked with individuals and groups in various settings both within the NHS, Education, Community Projects and Private Practice. My work is informed by a range of psychotherapeutic theories including Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory  and current research into the Neuroscience of relating. I am also a great believer in the healing capacity of the Arts and see them as valuable aids to communication and facilitating therapeutic work. Artistic ability is not necessary to benefit from accessing the arts, metaphor and the imagination , they are an option which you may find compliment the verbal process and help you move on.By seeing me and engaging in the process of psychotherapy you can:
        • Develop your ability to maintain positive and fulfilling relationships with yourself and other people
        • Manage personal crises; Loss and bereavement past and present, coping with illness, trauma, divorce
        • Optimise psychological wellbeing by addressing anxiety and depression and managing stress
        • Achieve personal growth by improving self esteem and confidence, assertiveness skills and creativity
        • Consider and explore issues of identity
        • Develop a more positive frame by gaining insight around ongoing   patterns of negative thinking, feeling and behaviour
        • Engage in life reviews and examine life transitions
        • Explore Body Image and your relationship with food
        • Identify clearly how your past impacts your present
        • Be accompanied on personal journeys; Spiritual crises and loss of meaning

    I work within a theoretical and practical framework and am fully insured and registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education). To be a member of the UKCP and my member organisation IATE I am required to undertake rigorous  continuing professional development courses each year. I adhere to both these organisations’ code of ethics and professional conduct.

Contact

If you are interested in making an appointment please contact me by using the email address below.

Email: info@bwalkerpsychotherapy.co.uk

Alternatively you can call 01635 226880 and ask directly for me, leave your name and number and I’ll call you back or if there’s no answer leave a message with your name and contact details, the phone will be checked weekly and I’ll call you back as soon as possible.

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