Hello, my name is Corinne Pollard and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and I have been working with clients since 2004. I have completed a four year diploma training as an Integrative Therapist which means that I have knowledge and experience of a broad range of theoretical perspectives. Since then I have also completed training and qualified in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy to diploma level in 2011, as a Focusing Oriented Therapist in 2015 and as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in 2016. All of these have contributed immensely to my understanding and approach to working therapeutically with individuals and couples ensuring that the way in which our body speaks to us is also included. As we learn to understand the way our bodies are fundamentally only concerned with surviving in whatever way we can we start to notice how we may be automatically responding to situations of threat and safety in the present or from the past and as we tune into that we can start to treat ourselves and those around us with more kindness and compassion.
The overall approach in which I was trained is Transpersonal which simply means that all aspects of ourselves are included – mind, body, spirit and soul which can assist us in seeing the bigger picture of our lives unfolding and gain a fresh perspective on what might be troubling us rather than getting stuck in old patterns of seeing our situation.
Adopting this more expansive approach can give us a lot of flexibility in how we work together. We might start by exploring the particular issue that brings us into meeting together and try to make more sense of what might be going on. We might discover links with events and relationships experienced in the past that can help us gain insight and understanding into what is happening currently and this can often be enhanced by opening up to our own inner guidance, intuition and wisdom that we may not have tuned into previously. Working in this way can be exciting, profoundly inspiring and creative and if you are drawn to working with me I look forward to sharing all I know with you.
Originally trained in social work, I have been fortunate to have been given opportunities to work in a wide variety of roles including criminal justice, community music, adult education, domestic violence and abuse with both perpetrators and victims. Over the years I have explored many paths of growth and self development as a means of empowering myself including meditation, healing, performing musician and composer, workshop facilitator, training in tantra, dance, visual arts, bodywork, voice work and as a counsellor and psychotherapist. In my work with clients both individually and in group workshops I have enjoyed experimenting with combining those elements of each that I personally find to be the most powerful tools for transformation.
I have always been interested in groupwork and over the last twenty years have run groups as diverse as vocal improvisation and live band workshops as well as more formal programmes based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. One area of my work gave me experience in facilitating accredited groupwork programmes specifically focusing on anger. Effective as these groups might be, I felt that there was a depth of human contact that was lacking and that the majority of anger management programmes were not addressing the heart of the problem – that when we feel threatened our physiology and need to survive can take over and that there are gender differences between men and women when it comes to both learning about and expressing anger. This led me to develop a pathway specifically for women focusing on reframing anger in order to harness it’s positive energy and empower women to reach their true potential – an issue that is dear to my heart. Although I am no longer running these workshops my interest in working with anger and all the emotions with both men and women continues.
Thank you for taking the time to explore my website and if you are ready to join with me on your own journey of discovery you will be warmly welcomed as together we search for the hidden treasure that is the true reflection of ourselves.