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Alison Tilley. Gestalt Psychotherapy and Counselling

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Alison Tilley

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Do you suffer with stress, anxiety, panic or depression?
Are you struggling to cope with low self esteem, anxiety, depression bereavement, trauma, childhood abuse or work stress?


If you have difficulties with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, childhood abuse or difficulties,trauma or PTSD, work stress or bereavement I am an experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor working in Dorset. I have much experience of working with these issues.

What issues do I work with?

I work with most problems from those caused by current life events such as redundancy, divorce, bereavement and caring responsibilitie to more long term mental health problems such as anxiety and depression .

I work with
Post Natal Depression
Anxiety and panic
Trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual assault, physical assault and rape
Carers support including Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Eating problems
Self esteem problems
Relationship difficulties
Childhood issues including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect
Work related stress including redundancy and financial worries

I have particular interest and experience working with difference and diversity. I am interested in and understand how the experience of feeling ‘different’ and in a minority impact on emotional wellbeing.

You might feel ‘different’ and in a minority because of your nationality, race, class, religion, sexuality, physical health or disability.

I am particularly interested in how being non-neurotypical (having a learning difference such as Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or High functioning Autism) can cause distress and confusion in a world that is geared towards the majority of people who are neurotypical.

How do I work with you?
I work with you to help you to resolve or cope better with difficulties in your life. You have the chance to talk confidentially in a safe and sympathetic environment. This can help you to become aware of and deal with issues that have been bothering you. It can help you make decisions about your life so you can decide how you want to move forward. It can help you become more aware of the skills and resources you already have.

I offer the time and space for you to become aware of and understand difficult life or childhood events that may have been causing you distress and affecting how you feel and behave now. These may be <B>sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, deaths and bereavements</B> or other traumatic events such as experiencing <B>illness or disability, adoption or fostering or being bullied</B> that can make later life difficult. I work to help you discover how thoughts, beliefs, patterns of behaviour, and ways of coping developed in your past can cause pain and distress in the present. I work with you to help you change and let go of those things that you no longer find useful. I aim to help you become more aware of what is useful and what ‘works’ for you and to help you recognise and use the strengths and ways of coping that you already have.

You can use psychotherapy to explore and learn how to deal better with <B>relationships</B>. These may be with your family, your partner, your children, at <B>work</B> or with your friends or others. I aim to help you understand and learn how to communicate better and how to stand up for yourself. This can improve your relationships and make you feel more comfortable in them.

I have worked for many years in the NHS with people experiencing <B> anxiety and depression</B> including <B>Post Natal Depression and panic attacks</B>. I aim to help you discover the causes of your depression and to work towards making the emotional and practical changes that will help you move out of depression. I aim to help you discover what changes are right for you and to help you to make those changes. I do not analyse you or offer advice but aim to help you develop your own strengths and ways of coping.

I have much experience working with <B>trauma</B> and <B>Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)</B>. You may be experiencing <B>anxiety, panic, nightmares, flashbacks or excessive anger and unexplained physical symptoms</B> which may be the result of past traumatic experiences. Sometimes these traumas are obvious when you have, for example experienced a car or other accident. However these symptoms can sometimes come from less obvious traumas such as childhood abuse, having been bullied, difficult childbirth or being present at frightening events. I aim to work with you to recover from and move on from these events at a pace that does not make you feel worse. An important part of my role is to work with you at a pace that suits you. You are in control of what you talk about and when.

I have worked as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Counsellor since 1993 qualifying as a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist in 1998. Before training in Gestalt Psychotherapy I worked using Counselling, Family Therapy and other skills in various work environments including with children and families, homeless people and people with mental health problems. I am a qualified Social Worker and I have worked using counselling and Psychotherapy skills for 35 years.
All my work is supervised by a qualified Supervisor.

I am trained and experienced in a wide range of therapies and therapeutic interventions. These include

Gestalt Psychotherapy
• Counselling
• Brief Therapy
• Systemic Therapy
• Assertiveness
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

I am a UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist. I completed four years training and qualified in 1998 from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham. I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor and supervise Psychotherapists and Counsellors.

I have run a private Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervison practice since 1993 in Sheffield, Exeter and Poole& Bournemouth.

I have worked for many years offering counselling and psychotherapy, couples and family therapy in various Voluntary Organisations, Social Services Departments and the NHS. Through this work I am trained and experienced in

*Gestalt Psychotherapy
*Child and Family Therap
*Brief and Focal Therapy
*Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (CBT)
*Assertiveness </B>

I have worked with children and families, adolescents, adults with mental health problems, homeless people,and children and adults who have been sexually abused.

For nine years I worked in the NHS in Exeter and Mid Devon with people suffering with Depression and Anxiety. I ran the Stress Control Course, a psycho-educational course to help with anxiety and stress for 6 years.

My qualifications include:

Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. 1998. (Sherwood Institue, Nottingham)
Diploma in Clinical Supervision.2003. (Sherwood Institute. Nottingham)
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. 1990. (University of Sheffield)
MA in Applied Social Sciences.1990. (University of Sheffield)

Throughout my working life I have worked with people,in various different settings offering advice, support, counselling, running groups, offering benefits advice or whatever was needed by those who I worked with. I have always enjoyed my work and had a lifelong interest in how to promote change and enhance wellbeing in those I have worked with.

I trained and qualified as a Social Worker in 1990 and started training in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 1992,qualifiying in 1998. I chose to train in Gestalt Psychotherapy because it was a therapy that I had experienced and found immensely helpful in my own personal development.

Gestalt is a holistic therapy that sees you,rather than the therapist,as the expert on yourself. The therapist works to help the client become more aware of themselves and how they manage their feelings and experience rather than offering advice and expert knowledge and telling the client how to change. This way of working appealed to me as did the wide ranging and exciting interventions used by Gestalt Psychotherapists.

Over the years I have trained in other therapies and techniques and am interested in ‘what is useful and what will ‘work’ for this particular client? Which, of all the skills I have will this client most relate to? rather than being tied to one particular therapy.

I have attended many short courses relevant to psychotherapy, counselling and CBT as part of my ongoing professional development including:

Assertiveness Training.

Gestalt Therapy with Couples.

Using the Body in Psychotherapy.

Diversity and Difference in Psychotherapy.

Brief and Focal Family Therapy.

Gestalt and Spirituality and Marianne Fry Memorial Lecture.


Narrative Therapy.

Revolutionary Connections; Psychotherapy and Neuro Science.

The CBT of Anxiet

The CBT of Depression.

Unrecognised Grieving. Grief and Bereavement therapy.

Family Systems Therapy Workshop.

Gestalt Brief Therapy.

The Cognitive Therapy of Sexual Trauma

CBT for Sleep Problems

CBT for Anger problems

The Rapid Trauma (PTSD) and Phobia Cure.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Relational Transactional Analysis and the Psychotherapy of Non-conscious Processes.

Body and Mind. The role of self regulation and interactive regulation when working with clients with borderline process.

Heart and Soul. The use of the Self in Psychotherapy.

Time Limited Attachment Therapy.

Object Relations Gestalt Therapy. An Integrative Approach to Personality Disorders.

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