Sue Berry MBACP
Internal Family Systems - IFS
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Apologies and warm wishes,
I am an experienced therapist and have worked in private practice for many years. My aim is to work collaboratively, in a way that allows you to safely and gently explore anything that may be worrying or stressful. I offer a genuine and trusting relationship, enabling you to mindfully explore and challenge your thoughts and feelings.
Therapy doesn't have to only be for times of crisis. It can also be a wonderful opportunity to expand our mindfulness practice or deepen our understanding of our Self. It can be fun and nurturing and a wonderful opportunity to expand, explore, grow and deepen.
Perhaps you are not sure why you want to embark on a therapeutic journey? Maybe you don't quite know what you are feeling, just that something is not right or you'd simply like to make a change in your life? Perhaps you are feeling low, agitated or anxious? Many symptoms can becoming debilitating or confusing when we don't understand them and the aim of our work together is to offer clarity and insight.
To help you explore your self and any difficulties that are arising and to encourage lasting change, I integrate traditional talking and cognitive therapies with Internal Family Systems (IFS) and the practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.
The Sensorimotor approach is a mindful and body-centered therapy. Overtime we all build up habitual and automatic ways of behaving. Our work together will help you to become curious about these procedurally learned habits and as you do so, your unconscious responses can be brought to the fore, explored, understood - and changed. It can be both exciting and challenging as you learn to curiously engage with the way you think, feel and listen to yourself.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on the latest research in neuroscience and works with the physical and psychological effects of both trauma and developmental patterns of behaviour.
Trauma isn't always a big or obvious life event and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is particularly effective in treating the symptoms that arise from so many of life's difficulties. Symptoms such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, anger and feelings of isolation can have a great effect on our day to day living. Working in this way encourages gentle but lasting release of symptoms.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems is a way of being that ensures that all parts of us are met, honoured and listened to with compassion. When we explore ourselves through an IFS lens we can begin to understand that all our parts have good intentions and whatever ways they have developed to cope and manage, their ultimate aim is of protection and safety.
Sometimes parts of us have found ways that may initially appear detrimental, such as addictive behaviours, angry outbursts or avoidance, however with curiosity and compassion we find that these ways of coping developed when we were very young to help us manage and exist in the world and in our environment and in relationship with others.
Exploring our ‘internal family system’ enables these parts to be met, listened to, healed and integrated. IFS is a very gentle and compassionate way of being and of working, that can enrich and widen your ability to feel like ‘you’. It expands our ability to be in ‘Self’ and widens our ability to feel kindness and compassion for all parts - our own and others.
I have a wealth of experience and a particular understanding of trauma and severe and complex trauma. I began within a drug and alcohol agency and spent many years working with addictions and the underlying trauma. I was then asked to set up and coordinate a counselling service within Shrewsbury prison. I spent 3 and half years here before the closure of the prison in 2013 and have since concentrated on private practice, my own personal growth and the completion of my qualification as a Certified Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist in April 2017.
My professional training continues and because of my interest and understanding of parts and of the Self, I am currently enjoying studying and diving deeply into various aspects and trainings of Internal Family Systems (IFS). It is important to me that my own development and my work as a practitioner is up to date and at the best level I can achieve, and I regularly attend or facilitate workshops, conferences and training courses.
I am based in the South Shropshire countryside in the UK, and now work online via zoom. I specialise in complex trauma, ptsd and dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder. I also have a particular interest in the connection between mind and body, and any issues that affect our health and well being.
By incorporating both a cognitive, body-centered and mindful approach my hope is to offer you the space to talk and explore, whilst encouraging and supporting you to expand your sense of self and enable lasting change.
My approach and way of being are based on mindfulness and on being as present as I can as each moment unfolds. For me, being in the present moment is an incredible gift that took a very long time to experience, so to share and teach this gift to others is a great privilege.
To compliment this I ensure I have the space and time to appreciate the little things in life. This is helped by my love of macro photography and of being outside walking, cycling and more recently, trail running (slowly!) in nature. I also maintain a yoga and meditation practice and I spend part of my week writing and illustrating a series of children's books, which I have been gently nurturing, developing and researching for many (30!) years. It is a project very close to my heart, in which I hope to share the understanding and complications of body, mind and spirit in a beautiful, fun, adventurous and educational way for children and their adults...and for those parts of us all who might just want to heal and grow...
Making an appointment
The first step into therapy can sometimes be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Please feel free to contact me either by email or by phone if you have any further questions or would like to arrange an appointment.
Sessions last for one hour and are £60.
Longer sessions of 1½ hours can sometimes be arranged and are £90.
Please note, I work online via zoom from a UK time zone.