Kate Medhurst

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

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Integrative transpersonal psychosynthesis Counsellor

What am I doing here? How have I got into this state? This may be exactly what you are asking yourself as you look at this page. Perhaps you’re experiencing relationship problemsstress at work, or feeling anxiousdepressed and alone. Maybe you’re sad, angry, or struggling to like yourself. You may not feel ‘good enough’ or feel alone and lonely with no one to talk to. If any of this resonates with you, please be reassured, you are not alone AND you are very welcome here.

My name is Kate and I aim to help any individual 18 years and over. My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly.

I can help with:

  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Addictions
  • Bereavement
  • Panic attacks
  • Family & relationship concerns
  • Career or life choices
  • Questions of meaning and spirituality
  • I have worked with adults with different ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious and cultural background.

My approach:

I am an integrative transpersonal psychosynthesis Counsellor with a holistic approach to healing, growth and long-term transformation. Transpersonal counselling incorporates mind, body, feelings and soul enabling you to better deal with life’s difficulties whilst encouraging your larger potential in the world.

I use different tools and experiential exercises such as drawing, guided meditation, chair work and inner dialogue to help you broaden your awareness about yourself and the world around you, enabling you to get in touch with your inner strengths and wisdom to make positive changes in your life.

My approach is rooted in the original meaning of Psychotherapy as in the ‘care’ of the psyche or the human spirit.  By caring for the troubled psyche and creating a safe space in the therapy room, you will be able to overcome your difficulties. I offer care and support, which creates the imaginative space that allows the perception of what you find distressing to change, enriching and strengthening your relationship to life.  We cannot change our past, but we can change our relationship to our past.

My role is to listen empathically and to co-create a space with you for understanding and healing. Through exploration and reflection together, we make sense of what might be causing the issue and negotiate you towards a greater sense of clarity and the possibility of change.

I am based in Southfields, Wandsworth – The Centre is in a discreet and quiet location, offering free parking on the road and is not far from the Southfields tube station.

Contact us, if you have any more questions or if you would like to book with integrative transpersonal psychosynthesis Counsellor Kate Medhurst.

About me

I grew up on the outskirts of Paris (France) in the ‘70s. I attended a local school before returning to the UK at the age of 19 (settling in London). It was at this time I first realised I didn’t quite fit in. On the outside I was English but, on the inside, I was French. I felt different and not necessarily in a good way. At the age of 24, I joined the finance world, primarily focusing on using my French language ability and, before I knew it, 25 years had gone by.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I found myself no longer required in the finance world and it didn’t take long for me to realise I hadn’t quite fitted in there either. Some of this might feel familiar or completely different but either way, please get in touch and we can explore this together.

Growing up in a different country to the one I was born in and having friends/acquaintances from many different cultures, taught me to understand, appreciate and accept differences in people. What I had to learn was to accept that in myself!

When I am not working, I love spending time with my dogs, playing tennis, scuba diving and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. I am a step-mum, auntie, god-mum and wife.

Qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (PGDip) awarded by the Psychosynthesis Trust and Middlesex University and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Training Assistant at the Psychosynthesis Trust, which runs high quality training programmes for counsellors and psychotherapists.

I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Professional Conduct Procedure.

I offer counselling sessions in English and French.

I am also committed to pursuing regular personal and professional development activities to widen my professional knowledge and deepen my self-awareness.

Modality

Psychosynthesis is an integrative model (drawing from all schools of psychology namely psychodynamics, person-centred approach, cognitive behavioural therapy, gestalt, mindfulness and meditation) and is sometimes called ‘a psychology with a soul’ because it embraces the whole person.

It believes we all have the wisdom within us to find the answers to our questions and doesn’t impose any form of doctrine or belief system.

Psychosynthesis psychology was founded by Roberto Assagioli, an Italian Psychiatrist and contemporary of Freud and Jung. It differs from other modalities that it believes in a creative intelligence at work in the ups and downs of life, which is not separate or above us but is our very source.

In Assagioli’s eyes everyone is born with a unique purpose (think of a seed blossoming into a flower or plant) and any repression of this potential is as painful and debilitating as the impact of childhood wounding.

When our purpose and potential become compromised or forgotten, we can begin to feel empty, lost and often profoundly alone. These symptoms can indicate a call to connect to something more nourishing, intimate and authentic and its often at this point, that this unconscious intelligence is nearest the surface of our psyche and with the right support and insight, these symptoms can become the doorway to transformation which is why psychotherapy can be so powerful.

Psychosynthesis psychotherapy aims both to heal the life-limiting and sometimes traumatic experiences of our childhood and to free us to come into relationship with our most authentic self so that our lives can have more joy, meaning and purpose.

It addresses ALL of who we are – our past self, our present self and our future self.