Creative Psychotherapy Gosforth

Shonadh Patterson - Counselling and Psychotherapy

Shonadh Patterson. shonadh

I currently have availability for adults and adolescents over the age of 14

Hello, I'm Shonadh, thank you for visiting my profile. I am accredited through the UKCP and a registered member of the BACP.

The therapeutic relationship that we build is at the heart of my work. I really believe that, through this strong and safe bond, real change and transformation can happen. As an experienced therapist I offer a warm, empathic and welcoming space where we can explore the issues that concern you. I am an integrative therapist and this means I am able to adapt my way of working according to your needs and concerns. During our sessions I will draw on a wide range of theories and approaches to help you. I have experience in many areas including anxiety, bereavement, trauma and working with the child within.

For 20 years I worked as artist management in the music industry. A key role during this time was building strong relationships, supporting artists through many complex situations and enabling their transitions through many difficult areas in their lives.

I work as a counsellor for the NHS in a GP Practice, a charity and a primary school.

Alongside traditional talk therapy, I offer a chance to work creatively within the sessions. At times in sessions it can sometimes feel impossible to articulate a feeling or it may be too painful to use words. Some experiences are beyond words. I am trained in sandtray therapy and guided imagery which can allow us to access other parts of ourselves.

I am a registered member of the BACP and accredited through the UKCP.

"Psychotherapy is the art of finding the angel of hope in the midst of terror, despair and madness" - Cloe Madanes

Using creativity in therapy

I am trained in sand tray therapy and guided imagery. At times, in traditional talking therapy, we can reach a plateau where we can feel stuck or it feels impossible to articulate a feeling. Using creativity in therapy is a fantastic way to working with the unconscious to access thoughts, beliefs and feelings that can seem like they have no words or which are too painful to put into words. Some experiences are beyond words and you need a place to express those sensations and feelings. Using these methods in conjunction with talking offers a safe and contained way to explore and make sense of complicated experiences.They can offer a powerful way of gaining insight, healing and self awareness.

Shonadh Patterson. sand trays

How it works and what you can expect

You'll be offered an initial assessment appointment where you can discuss what brings you to therapy, what you need and what you're hoping for. Following this sessions will take place on a weekly basis for 50 minutes in blocks of 6-8 sessions. During the first session we'll agree a contract which helps us both know how we will work together to achieve your goals.

Shonadh Patterson. room 1

Contact Shonadh:
Phone: 07799 137605
Email: [email protected]

2019 - Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Years in Practice:
4 Years

BACP - Registered Member
UKCP - Member
Northern Guild - Member

2015-2018 - Northern Guild - Psychotherapeutic Counselling
2015-2020 - Northern Guild - Psychotherapy
2016-17 - Northern Guild - Legal, Ethical & Safeguarding, Imagery, Sandtray, Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Story & Metaphor, In Search of the Primal Self, Inner Child
2020 - Designated Lead Safeguarding

Cost per Session: £45+

Shonadh Patterson. BACP - Shonadh

Blog Posts

Shonadh Patterson. joytobehidden

19.08.20 Hide and seek is a wonderful game. It’s a delight. But only if you’re certain that you’ll be found. We all want to be found in one way or another. I think, for me, this means being seen and having thoughts and feelings validated and understood by another person. But what happens if we never have our feelings accepted and heard by the important people around us? For some children, when this happens, hiding can be a highly effective strategy and survival mechanism to protect themselves. Hiding becomes a way of life for them. A way of life where no-one comes to look for them. What psychotherapy can offer is a safe place where clients can experience being seen and where they can start to allow themselves to be found in the presence of a trusted therapist.

Shonadh Patterson. cloemadanes

20.08.20 Based on science, psychotherapy is an art. There are many different theories we call on, interventions we can use and a wide range of approaches to choose from. Many of these are creative but all are evidence based and scientifically proven. However, it’s an art form which is the single strongest indicator of whether therapy will be a success. This is the relationship between the therapist and the client. The art is in getting to know someone, to build trust and allow them to feel safe with you. Knowing when to support, empathise, be silent, hold the space and when to challenge. When you choose a therapist make sure that you find one that is right for you. Trust your feelings, you’re the expert.

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