Pamela Bruce BA, PGDip, MBACP

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor. I offer both short-term counselling and long term psychotherapy to people from many different paths of life and I aim to reflect in my work the diversity and individuality of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and culture.

I studied and trained in psychotherapy and counselling, drawing extensively on the related areas of psychology and philosophy. This rigorous training allows me to practice as an integrative therapist, tailoring my work to the unique and dynamic needs of each of my clients, as well as incorporating a way of working that meets their preferences, both at the start of our working relationship and as it develops. It is this, the working relationship between myself and the people I work with, which I believe is the single most important factor in the positive outcome of therapy.

In addition to my private practice, based in Towcester, I work at Oxford Women's Counselling Centre. Previously I have worked at Northampton Counselling Service, in a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centre and for the Samaritans.

Qualifications

BA (Hons), PGDip Psychotherapy and Counselling:

I studied integrative psycotherapy at post graduate level at Regents University.  During this three year training I also gained extensive clinical experience in anxiety and depression, trauma, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, personality disorders and addiction in a variety of professional settings. Integrative psychotherapy simply means that my training has encompassed a broad range of models and theories of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling (psychodynamic, humanistic, extistential and behavioural). I draw on these diverse but often complimentary theories and approaches to tailor a path with the potential for change and healing for each individual person I work with. More information on what psychotherapy and counselling is and my approach to working with my clients in given in the About Therapy page.

MBACP: I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am currently being assessed for accredited therapist status based on my areas of expertise and substantive experience.

As well as developing specialist expertise in complex trauma, particularly with adult survivors of childhood abuse (which involves on-going training with some of the leading practitioners in this field), I endeavour to remain up to date with current developments in psychotherapy in its broadest sense, including research in neuro-science and psychology. I am committed to an on-going programme of continued professional development, in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the BACP. I also receive weekly personal and supervisory advice from a senior accredited  therapist as a critical element of my own growth and ethics as a counsellor and psychotherapist.