Dr Mary Harris
Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision

About My Services

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Although the terms psychotherapy and counselling are sometimes used interchangeably, it is generally understood that counselling is short-term, rather than long-term, and is used to deal with a specific issue or concern, such as the loss of a job, the ending of a relationship, or the need to learn more assertive behaviour. In contrast, psychotherapy is seen to explore and address deeper, underlying patterns of feelings, behaviours or thoughts, some of which may be rooted in childhood. Psychotherapy usually takes longer than counselling.

Some of the issues I've dealt with successfully include:

• Depression
• Career Concerns
• Relationship Endings
• Insomnia
• Communication Skills
• Assertiveness Training
• Specific Phobias and/or Fears.

• Ongoing depression
• Long-term or Delayed Bereavement
• Childhood Sexual
• Physical, or Emotional Abuse
• Drug and/or Alcohol Issues
• Anger Management
• Intimacy and Sexuality Issues
• Spirituality or Transpersonal Concerns

Clinical Supervision

I provide clinical supervision to both experienced psychotherapists and supervisors, as well as to trainee psychotherapists and less-experienced supervisors. The sessions can give you the chance to explore your work with clients, including their presenting concerns and underlying dynamics, including transference and counter-transference issues, and to formulate and /or review treatment plans. The sessions offer support and the space to reflect on both your professional and personal concerns, and to sort out when they intersect with your work with clients. Supervision provides the opportunity to discuss and explore additional issues such as therapist and supervisor accountability,as well as ethical, legal and diversity considerations. During the initial meeting, you will be asked to discuss your goals and requirements for supervision, so that an informal contract for the sessions may be agreed. In addition to providing a sounding board for your therapeutic work, if you choose to work with me, you will be invited to explore new approaches with clients from a cohesive, intevrative model. This approach is especially useful to therapists who would like to expand their work to incorporate additional modalities, such as CBT.

I incorporate the use of the FIT Model in supervision, which attends to the three areas of human functioning, i.e. Feeling, Initiating, and Thinking, and incorporates assessment skills, treatment plans and interventions suited to each of the three domains. The Model provides a structure for supervision which can accommodate a range of therapeutic approaches and adapts itself to a variety of settings. Because the Model is flexible, it can be used by tree therapists to learn or practice basic listening and attending skills, and can also be used by experienced therapist and supervisors who use either an individual or an integrative approach. The FIT Model draws from Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and Gestalt theory and practice. Therapists and supervisors who are used to working with a single approach often find it helpful in expanding their practice to include additional approaches in a thoughtful and systematic manner.

If you would like to discuss my services in more detail, please phone me on 0207 288 2546 or e-mail me on [email protected] for a confidential discussion.


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