Please note that I am closing my practice in Wantage and am not
taking any more clients. I will open a
new practice in Cambridgeshire in the spring of 2017.
Psychotherapy I am a Gestalt psychotherapist registered with UKCP. I have been in private practice since 1995. I worked for an independent trauma service for over six years, and previously as clinical lead of a young peoples' service. I see clients for general psychotherapy, as well as for specialist trauma work following childhood abuse, assault, accidents and so on. Within a holistic framework, I offer some EMDR but focus mainly on Sensorimotor methods for healing trauma. This is a very gentle, safe and effective approach which seeks primarily to get some control over symptoms before working directly with any trauma. It is highly compatible with my primary Gestalt training. I take referrals from the general public and from other professionals. I work with adults and young people over the age of 14.
About Gestalt Psychotherapy I work as a relational Gestalt therapist. Many people have concerns about who they are in the world, where they fit and how they are received. These questions become more pressing when we face difficult circumstances. I am interested in this relationship between self and other, and how we approach or withdraw from contact, and this includes the therapeutic relationship. I provide a respectful space in which to bring attention and understanding to aspects of my clients’ experience of being in the world that they tend to be unaware of, bringing fresh appreciation ofones' self in relationship. Gestalt is a holistic approach and therapy usually includes work with the body and sometimes with the natural world and spirituality, focussing particularly on what is happening in the here-and-now. I try to make sense of experience in a way that matches what the world feels like to my client as a unique individual. My relational approach is very much a shared undertaking, looking always for a good attunement between me and my client, following where they need to go and trusting in the process.
Supervision and Consultation I am a supervisor of both
trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, individually
and in groups. I also offer specialist consultation
practitioners working with trauma. My Practice Reflection Groups in Bristol,
Bath and Wantage are now closing. I will begin a new Practice Reflection
Group in Cambridgeshire in the spring.
Recent workshops have included:
Workshop testimonial 'Miriam Taylor, I loved her workshop. It was called the Well-Resourced Therapist, and she integrated it all with a Gestalt framework in a way that I hadn’t been exposed to before. So it was very affirming and enriching. One of the things that stood out for me was Miriam’s embodied practice and her congruence with her own work in herself, in her presence, in her very, very finely tuned embodied presence and the importance of that in her work with people who are traumatised, in addition to how it also supports her to her sustain herself.' Kath McCarthy, GANZ Review 2016 Vol 13.no1
I was international guest trainer at the Kairos
Institute summer school in
2015, and invited speaker at the Intstitue Humanistico Integral
in Durango Mexico in February 2016.
organisations I have
worked with recently have included Transport for
Partnership; Focus in Hull; Worcester Rape Crisis; Gestalt
Centre, London and the Dublin Gestalt Centre; nscience, London; Istituo
Gestalt HCC Italy.
Relational Change I am an Associate member of Relational Change (www.relationalchange.org). We seek to promote growth by working to improve relationships with individuals, groups and communities.
Expert Witness work I have over seven years' experience of Expert Witness work. I have been trained to provide both written and oral evidence to the courts, particularly in respect to PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.
Qualifications I have an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, my original qualification being in Education.
Updated February 2017.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07852 761588