You will find information about psychotherapy, supervision, training, publications below. Please contact me on 07852 761588 or by email: therapy@hereandnowely.co.uk

My office hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 10.00-4.00. My practice is based in Ely. I am no longer taking referrals for psychotherapy. My supervision places are currently full. Please contact me for enquiries about consultation or training.

Forthcoming workshops

  • The sixth Relational Change programme ‘Contemporary Trauma Practice’ is now open for bookings. In response to overseas interest, this will be held online, starting in October 2022. Contact Martin Capps martin@relationalchange.org for further details.
  • ‘Four Riders of the Apocalypse: Oppression, Trauma and the Body’ is a new workshop which is planned for late autumn 2022, probably in Cambridge. Contact Martin Capps, as above.

Deepening Trauma Practice: A Gestalt Approach to Ecology and Ethics

My second book ‘Deepening Trauma Practice: A Gestalt Approach to Ecology and Ethics’ was published in summer 2021. ‘A superb book, with original and ground-breaking thinking’ (Private communication)

About me

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.

Many people have concerns about who they are in the world, where they fit and how they are received. These questions become more urgent when we face difficult circumstances. Nothing is more pressing now than the escalating situation of climate, which has been described as a trauma we can anticipate. Associated social justice issues sit alongside this. A new approach is demanded by these interlocking concerns – a paradigm shift in thinking and being in the world. My work with individuals is coming to an end, and ongoing work will refocus on these collective traumas, anxieties and discomforts and how we can support our capacity to be present to them.

I resource myself through my strong connection to nature, which took me to a Wilderness Experience in the US in 2014, and supports my capacity to listen deeply. I have a regular personal meditation practice, I do tai-chi, walk, read widely, draw, and play the cello.

Supervision and Consultation

I am a supervisor of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, individually and in groups. I also offer specialist consultation for practitioners working with trauma.

Training and Talks

I have been teaching adults for over thirty years , firstly in personal development, and later in counselling and psychotherapy. I have been a Primary Tutor, Academic Consultant and examiner at Metanoia Institute, and present workshops in the private, voluntary and statutory sectors, as well as for psychotherapy conferences in the UK and internationally. I teach in English, and am used to working with a translator. I offer a range of workshops, and enjoy being able to pass on some of my specialist interests in trauma, the body, neuroscience and relational connection.

Examples of my workshops include:

  • I am Course Leader for a Certificate and Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice for Relational Change.
  • Choices in Trauma Therapy
  • The Missing Link
  • Understanding and Working with Dissociation
  • The Well-Resourced Therapist
  • The Well-Grounded Therapist (co-facilitated with Vienna Duff)
  • Healing Relational Wounds
  • Trauma Reflections
  • The Context of Trauma
  • Oppression, Trauma and the Body

I have presented at national and international conferences, including as an invited keynote speaker at the PACFA conference in Sydney in 2019 and did a plenary presentation at the AAGT conference in Toronto in 2018. I present workshops and seminars regularly for nscience in London, Dublin and online.

Workshop testimonials

  • ‘It is rare to find training of this calibre in our field’ Brighton Therapy Partnership workshop participant>
  • '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

Television and interviews

  • An interview with me about neuroscience, trauma and Greek tragedy was recorded by Italian national television service RAI on 29th May 2015.
  • An interview with Guy Macpherson for the Trauma Therapist Project Podcast series was released in October 2015.
  • Item on retraumtisation of people with lived experience BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 8th March 2022

Relational Change

I am a member of the Leadership Team for Relational Change (www.relationalchange.org). We seek to promote growth by working to improve relationships with individuals, groups and communities.

Publications

I am author of several works on trauma:

'On Safe Ground: Using Sensorimotor Methods in Trauma Work', 2013, British Gestalt Journal, 22:2 (5-13)

Chapter: Undoing the Splits: A Relational Field Perspective on Trauma in 'The Aesthetic of Otherness: Meeting at the boundary in a desensitsed world' 2018, Bloom, D.; Djoric, D.;.Roubal, J.; Cannavo, M.; La FRosa, R.; Tosi, S.; Pinna, V.; (eds).

Co-Authored article with Vienna Duff: 2018, Reorganising the Traumatised Relational Field: The Well Grounded Therapist; British Gestalt Journal, Vol. 28, No2

In the Face of Trauma: Ethics, Relationship and the Possibility of Presence, 2019, Gestalt Review, Vol. 23, No.3, 261-276

Collective Trauma and the Relational Field, 2020, The Humanistic Psychologist, 8(4): 382–388, American Psychological Association

Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body

My first book: ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’, Open University Press. (www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335263097.html) was published in March 2014.

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Review of my book:

'Miriam Taylor's [book] is a major contribution to Gestalt therapy's growing catalogue of clinical literature...A clinically sound, theoretically grounded, and highly practical guide to working with victims of trauma ..[the]presentation of the Window of Tolerance and the Integrative Model of Change are clinical gems' Peter Cole, Gestalt Review, Vol 20, No 1, 2016

Both French and Italian translations of my book are now available.

My article about research 'On Being Essentially Nosey' was published in French translation in La lettre de recherche en Gestalt-therapy by the Commission Mixte Recherche in April 2015.

Article 'Reconnecting after Trauma: From the personal to the political' translated into Norwegian for : Gestalt, the magazine of the Norsk Gestalttherapeut Forening Vol 1:1 2017

Article: 'Developing a Trauma Mindset' translated into French in Journal de Psychologues, No 359, July 2018

Chapter: Undoing the Splits: A Relational Field Perspective on Trauma in 'The Aesthetic of Otherness: Meeting at the boundary in a desensitsed world' 2018, Bloom, D.; Djoric, D.;.Roubal, J.; Cannavo, M.; La FRosa, R.; Tosi, S.; Pinna, V.; (eds).

Co-Authored article with Vienna Duff: Reorganising the Traumatised Relational Field: The Well Grounded Therapist; British Gestalt Journal, 22:1, 2018

To read my occasional blog, please visit herenowsite.wordpress.com

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 March 2022.