MARGARET WATSON MBACP

Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Qualified Integrative Therapist

I have 7 years experience working with both men and women from over 20 countries. As an Integrative Therapist I use skills from a number of different models including Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Gestalt and a Psychodynamic approach.

I have a special interest in the effects of trauma and attend regular training and conferences to ensure my practice is safe and current.

I have a wide range of life and clinical experience including accessing therapy myself when situations have become too challenging to manage on my own. It is from these experiences that I have developed the way I offer therapy to my clients.

I understand how daunting it can be for both first timers and for people coming back to therapy. Taking that step and making a commitment to work towards positive change can be complicated and feel scary. It can be so difficult in these ever-changing and highly competitive times to find time to explore some of the troubling thoughts and experiences that may be presenting themselves, let alone divulging them to a stranger. For this reason I offer a reduced fee for the assessment session, giving us both the opportunity to meet and decide whether we can work together. I believe that creating a safe, confidential and trusting environment where the therapeutic relationship can begin to flourish is the most important element in the beginning of therapy and throughout.

In my work as a therapist, with men and women from over 20 countries, I have learned so much about the differences between people, but even more about the things we share. I am very aware of how much culture and family has an influence on how we view our lives and challenges. I have been uplifted by witnessing the incredible resilience of the human spirit and it has shaped me as a therapist.

I have a special interest in the experience of trauma which can, sometimes, completely alter our perceptions, particularly around safety and trust.

I have found out that it is not the degree or length of the experience which determines the effect that it has on a human psyche, but the collection of life experiences which make up each of us. These are the elements to explore in therapy.

I am firmly of the belief that intrinsically we all have resources within us, and with support, these inner resources can be pivotal in self healing and confidence building and better managing life’s challenges.

I attend regular group and personal clinical supervision, continued personal development and training to ensure my practice is safe and adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.