Craig Coventry Counselling and Psychotherapy
Craig Coventry MBACP (reg.), MA, BSC.
Professional and confidential counselling, psychotherapy and trauma therapy in Guilford and Woking.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy aims to enable you to explore and get in touch with your experiences on an emotional, psychological and physical level. I see therapy as a journey of self-exploration and my role is to be with on your journey and to help deepen the process where possible.
When I am with clients, I work with them on an individual basis, viewing them as unique human beings and try to meet the 'person behind the symptoms'. I find this to be extremely beneficial for clients, especially those who have been to other services and feel they have not been heard or felt that they were not valued as people but seen as symptoms to be reduced or in someway faulty that needed to be fixed- unfortunately there are many who feel this way.
In addition to my more generic counselling practice, I have particular interests in working with Psychological Trauma. Psychological Trauma can be caused by a range of situations such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, bullying or manipulation, whether regular or one off events such as accidents. There are many situations that can cause individuals to elicit a traumatic stress response leaving people in high states of arousal and anxiety. What is considered a 'Trauma' not the event per se but rather the individuals response. the more overwhelmed the individual felt at the time, the more helpless they felt at the time increases the likely hood of eliciting a traumatic response. Also, where the trauma is inflicted by someone in a trusted position in the person's life, a 'betrayal trauma', the complexity of the trauma can be increased. In short, trauma symptoms commonly include: intrusion (dreams, flash backs, images of the past, feeling like the past is still happening), hypervigilance (being on high alert, anxiety) and constriction (numbing, block/avoiding, detachment and dissociation ).