Useful Resources

For immediate support and emergency:

Though counselling & psychotherapy is an aid for support through distress, it is not an emergency service for urgent care. In an emergency where you are in need of immediate support, it is important that you seek the appropriate help:

- Visit an A&E department or call 999 and ask for an ambulance

- Contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment (within GP service hours)


Samaritans is a support network online and over the phone – available 365 days a year 24 hours a day. In their own words ‘We're here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. We'll never tell you what to do’. Call them on 116 123

NHS 111 is an online and phone service if you have an urgent medical need. Call them on 111

Further Resources

Other resources for support, advice and information

Adoption UK 

Beat Eating Disorders

Bullying Online

Childline

Kooth - free mental health support for young people

Cruse Bereavement Care

Muslim Youth Helpline

Napac - Supporting recovery from Childhood Abuse 

OCD UK

Refuge - support for domestic abuse

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

We are with you - mental health, alcohol and drug support

Professional Membership, Qualifications and Training

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics.


I hold an enhanced DBS - a certificate to confirm my validity and suitability to work with vulnerable groups, including children. 

Therapeutic Qualification:

Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Richmond Adult Community College

Studies, further training and certificates:

BSocSc (hons) Degree in Sociology - University of Manchester

Counselling Studies  - Lambeth College

Stabilization with Dissociative Clients

Neuroplasticity & Creating Lasting Change

From Heroin to Workaholism ‐ A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Neuroscience behind Developmental/Attachment Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe

Trauma Super Conference  - Gabor Mate, Prof Bessel van der Kolk

Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma

Hidden Harm, Family Addiction

Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals

Post Assault Sexual Recovery: Control, Connection, Pleasure

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Therapeutic Models

As a profession and an art, counselling & psychotherapy have a multitude of modalities, approaches, techniques and forms. At the heart of any kind of psychological therapy, it is well-established that the therapist-client relationship is at the centre of effective outcome.

My clinical model is Integrative - combining and utilising various schools of thought, theory, models and approaches. These include: Psychodynamic including Attachment and Developmental models, Humanistic (including Person Centred and Gestalt) Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal models. 


Depending on client need, it is my job to facilitate a therapeutic relationship relative to you. Briefly defined below are the relational elements which may manifest. The working alliance underpins any therapeutic work.


- Working Alliance/Professional Relationship - this is the professional, contractual agreement to which we both consent and enter into, as client and therapist

- Transference Relationship - if the relationship is in this stage, the working alliance is distorted by wishes, fears and experiences from the past, transferred into the therapeutic relationship, evoking the client back to the 'then-and-there' enacting their truth

- Reparative Relationship - to provide repair where there is developmental need or other human need; to 're-parent' or to intentionally provide a corrective emotional experience

- Person-to-Person Relationship - this is the authentic and 'real' human-to-human connection, in the 'here-and-now'

- Transpersonal Relationship - this incorporates all elements of the therapeutic relationship that are not yet widely accounted for rationally - the world of the soul. It also relates to the human inherent disposition towards meaning and getting in touch with our true nature. 

'It is important to remember that psychology's roots are in philosophy and religion and heavily imbued with magic and mysticism' (Pertruska Clarkson)

It can be helpful to do some research, to help you find the right therapist. There might be a particular modality that stands out to you. Further information on different therapeutic approaches

 

CLINICAL ETHOS

INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLBEING

95% of disease is caused by chronic emotional stress. Ultimately lifestyle choices and healthy emotional function have a high influence on the expression of your genes, wellbeing and life.

From a holistic stance, I focus on the underlying causes of the presenting issue including psychological, behavioural, social, psychosomatic and existential dis-ease.

Embracing the transformative capacity of authentic connection and the power of self-awareness in the fulfilment of human potential, as your therapist, my role is to facilitate the safety of the therapeutic space as an active relationship for insight, healing, empowerment and growth.

We all have in us an innate capacity, drive for wellbeing, optimum health homeostasis and fulfilment. Blocks to this, due to life experiences can mean we become out of balance, stuck and lack the tools to navigate our way through.

How we relate to the world, how we relate to others, begins with the relationship we have with our self. How we relate to ourselves as adults, is shaped by our relationships, as children. The messages we received implicit and explicit that informed and created our world, in turn, create the adult mind that perceives our world.​ If believing is seeing, perception has a lot to account for.

My practice is influenced by the interrelated bio-psycho-social & spiritual model of human health, wellbeing and development. My integrative model, training and academic background enables me to cultivate healing, growth and development through this lens. I believe experiential learning is the most efficient mode of development and nurture this in all my work. We evolve through our experiences.

Driving change in the field moving away from pathologizing symptoms of mental illness, I encourage the use of diagnoses and illness as the basis to understand a collection of symptoms to guide healing rather than to be treated, as an external condition. Healing occurs in ones own awareness.

From this stance, working holistically, I focus on the underlying causes of the presenting issue including psychological, behavioural, social, psychosomatic and existential dis-ease.

All my work is based on Clarkson’s Integrative 5 relationship model which incorporates elements of Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Jungian/Transpersonal and Humanistic modalities. 

 

'Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively'

Deepak Chopra

Forest

 What is counselling/ psychotherapy?

A relationship, space and time in which new processes of thinking, learning, relating, insight & awareness and healing takes place.


As a profession and an art, counselling & psychotherapy have a multitude of modalities, approaches, techniques and forms. At the heart of any kind of psychological therapy, it is well-established that the therapist-client relationship is at the centre of effective outcome.

Depending on your need, it is my job to facilitate a therapeutic relationship relative to you. ​

Counselling is a short term intervention, for example an agreed contract of 6-10 sessions to focus on finding resolution to a presenting issue.​

​Psychotherapy is a longer term process which enables space to delve into unconscious processes, allowing a deeper understanding and knowing of the self, implicit states and memories, making connections between past and present to resolve any outstanding issues, making sense of and coming to terms with them.

Each and every person comes to into therapy with their own unique experience, issues and goals and therefore, needs from the therapist.  What is consistent is that a safe environment and relationship is created free from judgement for self- exploration to increase insight, make changes, promote healing, empowerment and growth. We cannot change what we are not conscious of.

 
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VALUES

INTEGRITY & AUTHENTICITY  it is our birth right to be freely authentic in ourselves. I believe it is the therapist’s responsibility to model this in the therapeutic relationship

HUMILITYI have a solid training, model and experience. I constantly review and expand my work through clinical supervision and continued professional and personal development - I am not exempt from the human condition or ‘doing the work’ myself

RESPONSIBILITY as your therapist I have a responsibility to you as the client. Together we will agree a working alliance. I commit to doing my best to help you towards your truth and meet your goals

COMPASSIONthere are many different ‘versions’ of love. To be in a state of love in a world of conflict and fear is evolutionary

 
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Chloe Hedley

Dip Con MBACP

My background and training in the evolution and function of society and human development have given me a solid foundation to continue to explore and work with the interconnection between culture, society and human development, relationships and psychological health and wellbeing.


Working with diverse client groups my post qualification training focusses around relationships and attachment, trauma and (complex) post-traumatic stress including manifestations of such which often display as addictive behaviours and mental illness including anxiety and depression.

The rapid transformations in modern society, the digital revolution and its’ wider implications has influenced my clinical practice whereby I have a special interest working with teenagers and young adults 18-35.

I further have a special interest in Relationships and Loneliness, Addiction and Co-Dependency, Attachment and Early Trauma, Loss and Grief, Anxiety and Depression.

I work from a bio-psycho-social and spiritual model of human development, incorporating a holistic and integrative approach to health and wellbeing. Read more about my psychotherapeutic model, clinical ethos and how I work.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I hold an enhanced DBS - a certificate to confirm my validity and suitability to work with vulnerable groups, including children. I am registered and verified Therapist with the Counselling Directory.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I hold an enhanced DBS - a certificate to confirm my validity and suitability to work with vulnerable groups, including children. I am registered and verified Therapist with the Counselling Directory.

My background and training in the evolution and function of society and human development have given me a solid foundation to continue to explore and work with the interconnection between culture, society and human development, relationships and psychological health and wellbeing.

The rapid transformations in modern society, the digital revolution and its’ wider implications has influenced my clinical practice whereby I have a special interest working with teenagers and young adults 18-35.

I work from a bio-psycho-social and spiritual model of human development, incorporating a holistic and integrative approach to health and wellbeing. Read more about my psychotherapeutic model, clinical ethos and how I work.