Dr Mary Harris
Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision

Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision in Islington, North London

Psychotherapy and Counselling

If you are reading this page, you are probably looking for someone who can help you make positive changes in your life. Whether you are in the midst of a crisis or seeking to improve different areas of your life, I can offer you a safe and non-judgemental space to bring whatever concerns are on your mind. If you decide you would like to work with me, I can assist you in exploring either a single concern or behaviour or explore patterns that have been with you for years. I believe that my job as a therapist is to assist you in finding the answers to your concerns from within yourself, and to then translate those insights into practice in your everyday life. I work integratively, which means that I will attend to you as a whole person, taking into consideration your feelings, thoughts, and actions, as well as your physical and spirtitual concerns, and/or deal with problematic issues in your relationships with others. To bring about the changes you want to make, I will listen to you and give you input, so that you are able to empower yourself.

My view of people is humanistic, meaning that I believe in our ability to grow and change throughout our lives. While this core belief informs my work with clients, I also have extensive training and experience in Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and am able to adapt our sessions to meet your unique, individual needs. I am also trained in/and am able to incorporate the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Hypnosis into my sessions. If you are interested in finding out more about ways that we could work together, please phone me on 0207 288 2546.

Clinical Supervision

In addition to psychotherapy, I offer clinical supervision, using the integrative FIT Model. The Model attends to and incorporates the three domains of Feeling (F), Initiating or Acting (I), and Thinking (T) called the FIT Model. The Model provides an organised an cohesive approach to psychotherapy and uses a systematic and developmental model of supervision. I have taught and trained psychotherapy and counselling students for a number of years and am able to successfully supervise students as well as experienced therapists using an integrative perspective.

I believe that effective supervision provides a safe space for the supervisee to explore their work with clients. At the same time, supervision needs to provide the opportunity for growth, which involves providing challenges to previous assumptions and practices. Towards this end, my sessions include challenge which is non-threatening and supportive. Supervision with me may includes a consideration of the relationship between the supervisee and myself, exploring our projections towards each other, and the parallel processing taking place between us, which is crucial in understanding your interactions with clients. The sessions include attending to theory and technique, transference and counter-transference issues with clients, as well as the ethical, diversity and legal issues involved in client work.

The FIT Model is described in depth in 'Supervising Professionals: A Model for Practice' by Mary Harris and Anne Brockbank, to be published by Jessica Kingsley in Autumn, 2009. (Click here). The FIT Model is also incorporated in the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision, which is offered at City University, London. (Click here).

I am located in central London, near Highbury Corner, Islington. My offices are convenient to the Silverlink Rail Line or the Victoria Underground Line, exiting at Highbury and Islington Station.

To find out more about any of the above services, please phone me on 0207 288 2546 for a confidential discussion about your needs and interests.


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