Meet the Therapist: Shauna Corke
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I wanted to be a therapist as I enjoy working with people and I’m interested in the human mind.
I believe that we all have the potential for growth and change and that therapy can support us to be the best version of ourselves. I have learnt this personally through my own experience of therapy and was eager to expand my knowledge.
Where did you train?
I did my training at Spectrum Therapy and qualified as a humanistic psychotherapist.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
I am a humanistic therapist. I work with clients using exploration and self-awareness techniques predominantly in the here and now. Although the client will do the work I am interactive and will offer feedback, insights and support where needed.
How does humanistic therapy help with mental health?
Humanistic therapy supports us to understand our patterns, behaviours and the choices we make so we can ultimately take charge of our own lives. This is a crucial step in the recovery from co-dependence and other addictions.
What sort of people do you usually see?
What do you like about being a therapist?
I find supporting clients through their journey of processes and growth both insightful and a privilege.
What is less pleasant?
It can sometimes be challenging witnessing clients work through painful processes. However, I’ve learnt that working through particular situations and issues can often ultimately be rewarding and healing.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I’ve been with welldoing.org for approximately a year now and appreciate the friendliness and professionalism of the team. I enjoy the newsletters and flow of articles that come through.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Yes – I often suggest recovery books to support clients. A couple I recommend are Codependent No More by Melody Beattie and Addiction to Love by Susan Peabody.
What you do for your own mental health?
I exercise, spend time with family and friends and make sure I connect with nature and outdoors on a daily basis.
You are a therapist in the City in London (EC4). What can you share with us about seeing clients in this area?
Being based in central London I generally see professional adults.
What’s your consultation room like?
My consultation room is comfortable and spacious with plenty of natural light.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That although challenging and painful at times therapy can also bring great richness and depth to our lives.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That life is a journey and we have choices in how we respond to challenges. That it’s ok not to always have answers and that perfection is elusive and exhausting.