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Professional Title:  Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Fee:  I have a sliding scale £35-£45. Do not hesitate to discuss with me what you can afford.
Availability: Tuesdays 9.30am - 8pm, Wednesdays 9.30am - 2pm, Thursdays 9.30am - 2pm, Fridays 9am - 2pm.

Alice Hartmann, Psychotherapist and Counsellor

 

 

My approach

Building a trusting relationship in which you can feel safe to explore your difficulties - present and past - is a key part of our work together.

My way of working has it roots in gently bringing attention to the feelings and the hidden fears that often reside beyond the symptoms and the problems. We usually talk - as little or as much as you wish - and we may also pay attention to what is happening in the body.

Being aware of the body's responses can be very effective in dealing with early trauma, abuse and attachment issues. When possible dreams and images, intrusive or pleasant, facilitate a deeper understanding of your difficulties.

I aim to support your own process with respect for your values, beliefs, choices and sexual orientation. 

 

Why Psychotherapy?

Supportive and collaborative therapy can help you get in touch with resources you may not think exist within you, and help you understand why sometimes you may act in ways which do not serve you well anymore. 

Gradually this may ease your pain, lessen your fears, improve your day-to-day life and how you experience your relationships. It may help you gain or regain control of some important aspects of your life, connect with your hopes and desires, and encourage long-lasting positive change.

The length of this process will depend on what you want to address or change in your life and on how you wish to approach therapy; whether by focusing on particular issues within a specific time frame and/or by looking more deeply at underlying issues. It is usual for therapy to take weeks (12 to 24 weeks); it can also take months or years. It is an individual experience. 

I passionately believe that we are all different in our ability to face our fears and build our lives.

Sometimes, as in most things in life, the hardest thing is to begin the therapeutic journey.

Experience and qualifications

I have experience in working with people who suffer with many kinds of difficulties, but particularly

relationship issues, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, self-harm, low self-esteem (feelings of failure and inadequacy), debilitating low energy levels such as Chronic Fatigue and ME, miscarriages and loss of baby, post-natal depression, difficulties being a mother/father, disordered eating, and trauma from sexual abuse.

Between 2011-2013 I co-facilitated a weekly self-harm support group in an NHS Drop-In Centre in Brighton. 

I come from France and have been in the UK for 17 years. I trained for 5 years at the Minster Centre in London (www.minstercentre.org.uk) where I obtained an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (assessed at Masters Level by Middlesex University, Distinction).

Since then I have deepened my professional development with more experiential and theoretical learning on areas that particularly interest me such as working with psychological trauma, the neuroscience of attachment , body and relational Psychotherapy.

I also hold a Masters in Humanities from La Sorbonne in Paris.

I offer therapy in English or in French.

 

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