My name is Bridget McConnell. I am a warm, professional and engaging therapist. I work integratively from a humanistic and transpersonal perspective. I use Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, Attachment Theory and some CBT approaches within my work. I specialise in creative interventions, including sand tray, art and clay amongst others. I also offer Focusing Orientated Psychotherapy and Energy Psychotherapy that work with your embodied experience to realease trauma and distress and consider the mind, body and emotions intrinsically connected. 

 

My experience includes counselling for the NHS in primary care, as a youth counsellor for various youth agencies and as a school counsellor. In addition, I lecture in counselling and support students as a supervisor. I also write and deliver bespoke training to pastoral staff and parents on using listening skills with young people, and adolescent nero-development (plesae enquire). 

I have a first class honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy from Greenwich University, and over 25 years' experience in various holistic and therapeutic fields. I am a registered member of the BACP, and am fully insured and DBS checked. 

How I work: 

Previous to my counselling career I practiced in holistic therapies and have extensive knowledge of how mental health can affect the whole body through our physical felt-sense of experience, and the physiological holding patterns we adopt as protective responses to distress and trauma. Using focusing orientated, energy psychotherapy and trauma informed approaches allows 'bodies to do the talking', unwinding these patterns in ways that often reach deeper than words alone and facilitates powerful healing and transformation.

Creative interventions can feel freeing and even playful, involving the imagination and inner child within therapy and allowing our unconcious to speak through visual and creative means. Using sand tray, objects and art can ease expression of difficult topics and allow us to see what is inside our thoughts and expreince more objectively in physical form, aiding acess to inner resources, healing and growth. 

Qualifications:

FdSc Humanistic Counselling, 2014

BA (Hons) Counselling (1st Class), 2015

Certificate in CBT, 2016

Certificate in Counselling Young People, 2017

Supervision Diploma, 2019

Focusing Oriented Psychotherpy Introductory Certificate, 2021

Energy Psychotherapy Certificate, 2022 (Diploma pending 2023)

Areas of Work:

As an integrative and humanistic practitioner, I work with an individual's unique experience. However, I have good working knowledge of many issues such as:

 

  • anxiety and depression

  • panic attacks

  • PTSD

  • abuse

  • bereavement

  • stillbirth and miscarriage

  • relationship issues

  • suicidal thoughts

  • self-harm

  • bereavement

 

Qualifications:
 
  • BA (Hons) Counselling/ Psychotherapy
 
  • ​​FdSc Humanistic Counselling

  • Post Qualification Certificate CBT with Heart

  • Post Qualification Certificate in Counselling Young People

  • Focusing Oriented Introductoctory Certificate

  • Energy Psychotherapy Diploma (pending)​
  • Level 6 Supervision Diploma