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Therapy doesn’t have to take years; I am trained to help you gain insight into the origins of your problems and to develop the necessary knowledge and skills and to reach your potential. You will be able to take practical steps towards creating a fulfilling and happy life! I am the facilitator and you are in the driving seat! I can support you whether you are in crisis and your world is falling down around you, with specific issues or you just would like to understand yourself better.
With insight, we realise that we are survivors.
We are the architects of our own destiny, of our own thoughts, feelings and actions.
We can take control and make our lives more fulfilling and happy
I work with individuals, couples, young people, children & families and groups
Treat Yourself to an MOT!
Self Awareness– We all benefit from understanding ourselves better; why we do what we do, why we are attracted to some people, why our relationships pan out, while others don’t. This is a must before entering any relationship, in my book!
In ten session, you tell your story and together we discover your core beliefs about yourself and the world. We call it your ‘Life Style’ – our blueprint of all our thoughts, feelings and hypotheses about life, about men and women, intimacy, how emotions are to be dealt with, how we see our place in the world, our view of success, etc etc. It is based on childhood perceptions of childhood experiences – perceptions that often still operate in adulthood.
Our Life Style, is the suitcase that we pack for life’s journey and contains all our experiences, good and bad. The infant is born into a play in process and being weak, is reliant on others and feels inferior. So s/he strives towards the self chosen goal of significance, protecting her/himself from these feelings of inferiority, creating her unique system of meeting difficulties, the Lifestyle. The more encouragement the child receives, the more confident and significant the adult will feel.
My name is Kim Harries and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with over 20 years experience. I have always been interested in human psychology, ever since I was a love-lorn teenager. I was fascinated by what attracts us to each other, why we behave as we do, what makes us feel stuck in life and why we seem to repeat old patterns. So I did a degree in psychology and decided to train as a counsellor. The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler seemed to answer these questions for me and I began my training in 1990. I trained alongside my day job which was teaching life skills to adults with epilepsy and associated disabilities. I then had my lovely son and work part time specialising in coaching and supporting adults with mild and moderate mental health issues in or back into the workplace.
Being employed within the field of mental health and disabilities, I am committed to providing support to people with disabilities and to carers.
What I do
I provide skilled, short to medium term counselling and psychotherapy and personal development
for individuals and couples and families. I also offer family education, coaching for life and counsellor supervision. I am a Registered Member with the BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics.
How I work
I am principally trained in Individual Psychology but am eclectic in my approach and flexible to meet the needs of each client. I work within a range of psychotherapeutic, humanistic and cognitive models and the tools I use may include early recollections, EFT, art, role play and relaxation – whatever helps you understand and express yourself best!
What is Individual Psychology
Individual Psychology, [the Adlerian Counselling of Alfred Adler] is a model of short term therapy and education. The client gains insight into where they are in their present lives by exploring their core belief system/convictions and relates current difficulties to earlier experiences of pain and trauma, together with perceived blocks to happiness by identifying their source of encouragement and changing mistaken childhood beliefs into affirmations and positive action.
Areas of Expertise
Relationships; individuals, couples, sexual issues
Depression, bi polar, post natal, SAD
Anxiety, Panic, phobias, Agoraphobia. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexual abuse, self-abuse and its survival.
Parenting philosophy and tips
Eating distress, the food mood connection
Bereavement and loss
Disability; living with disability and focusing on ability
Epilepsy awareness and maximising independence
Support for carers
Disability and Support; Autistic Spectrum, Aspergers; Epilepsy, Mild Moderate Mental Health
Stress management and relaxation
Supervisor to counsellors
EFT and Hypnosis