Jacqueline PalmerIntegrative psychotherapist
And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to open - Anais Nin
If you are finding unwelcome patterns appearing in your relationships and feel ready to make changes to ways of being that no longer serve you, psychotherapy can help you find your voice, escape co-dependency in a journey towards authenticity.
Embarking on a period of therapy can offer you insight in managing the present, while forging a healthier relationship to your past. This will enhance your self-esteem, your ability to make better choices, and let go of beliefs that limit you. My focus is on dismantling unhelpful patterns, an increased sense of self and self-awareness that offers new ways of experiencing your life, and finding meaning and purpose within it. My couples training with Terence Real in Boston uses RLT, a relational life therapy model, healing destructive dynamics and conflicts offering tools to improve communication, and family of origin learned behaviours, towards relationships which are life affirming and cherishing.
I see clients for a range of issue which include
> Finding your voice both individually and within the couple dynamic
> Struggles around intimacy and co-dependent relationships
> Coping with narcissistic partners or parents
> Poor self-esteem and poor boundaries
> Conflicts around sexuality and sexual abuse
> Fertility and the transition to mothering
> Coming to terms with loss and major life transitions
> Managing the menopause
> Childhood and ancestral trauma
> Helping couples heal self-defeating patterns and behaviours towards relational recovery
I graduated at the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Warwick Crescent, London W2. I adhere to the UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) code of ethics with whom I am registered, and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP). I am fully insured and my work is supervised, and I continue to attend further trainings and workshops as part of my professional development.
My background is in the Arts, with an honours diploma in photography, an MA in film, and a background in writing poetry and short stories. In my writing and photography I was always intrigued by relationship, the desire and experience of being seen by others, and the blocks to intimacy and connection which I explore in my workshops. I continue to work on personal art projects as part of my own creative journey. I had two late in life children with the help of fertility treatment.
I see private clients, and couples, and have trained extensively in the United States with Pia Mellody of the Meadows Centre Arizona working with co-dependence and healing early wounds, as well as couples work with Terence Real in Boston, USA, whose Relational Life Therapy model informs my practice and offers relational recovery and tools for change. I am a member of the London Psychotherapy Network and Welldoing.org which offer a wide community of therapists and therapies.Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by life’s obstacles, and finding the right sort of help feels like an extra burden. Though friends and family may offer support, we often feel isolated and need someone who is trained to listen and not judge us, and for whom confidentiality is part of their contract. This is what psychotherapy can offer.
Talking through these problems in a safe space allows you to deal with the crisis, to heal past trauma and let go of ways of patterns that no longer serve you. You can then start the journey of finding yourself, a sense of meaning and purpose that may be missing in your life.
Short term counselling offers practical ways of dealing with current situations, while psychotherapy is an open ended process giving you time to explore the impact of the past on the present, and dealing with unhelpful patterns that trip you up in your relationships. I usually start with a six session commitment and let the process do its work. When the changes are apparent you will be ready to use your new tools and understanding to try new healthier ways of being that serve you.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Sessions are 50 minutes weekly. Fees are discussed at the first meeting or by phone. I need 48 hours notice of cancellation, and missed appointments are charged in full. I see clients in Hampstead, two minutes from Hampstead's northern line tube.
Training and qualifications
I did my diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Warwick Crescent, London W2. I adhere to the UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) code of ethics with whom I am registered, and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP). I am fully insured and my work is supervised, and I continue to attend workshops and seminars as part of my professional development. I did my MA in film at Birkbeck with the BFI, and a BA in English and film at the University of North London.