Greg Madison, PhD
|Professions: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
CPsychol, HCPC, UKCP, EAP, Accredited Mediator - 041805 BPS
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Psychotherapy', 'Counselling', and 'Counselling Psychology', are terms referring to the professional practice of exploring human experience with the intention of helping another person to understand themselves and to change. But no one is an expert on life. When searching for a counsellor, psychologist, or therapist, a potential client might consider navigating with their intuition in order to find a human being that they feel able to relate to, someone who is open to self-examination as well as interested in the worlds of other people. Athough the practitioner's experience, education, and credentials are important, psychotherapy (my preferred term) is a person-to-person relationship before it is anything else. As in any relationship, client and therapist need to ask themselves, 'can I engage with this person'? I am convinced that no matter what other useful and important things are done in therapy, its effectiveness rests upon the human relationship within which everything else occurs. Research supports the importance of the relationship in psychotherapy. For me, psychotherapy is also a dialogue of depth, in the sense that no matter how the life problem or issue initially presents itself, it also connects to our deepest assumptions about life, and raises questions about how we should live, and what is meaningful to us. These are the kinds of questions which do not have immediate answers. I see therapy as incorporating qualities such as attentiveness, compassion, courage, and honesty. My intention as a therapist is to be as present as possible in order to explore carefully the challenges my clients are living with. My practice incorporates a democratic approach that accepts and welcomes those aspects of ourselves that are usually judged, exiled and ostracised, by ourselves and others. Therapy is ideally a refuge for 'thinking', underpinned by supportive listening. For me, 'thinking' is the ability to dwell with something that is initially confusing and unclear until it gradually reveals itself. This revelation usually brings a feeling of relief and enables new change to happen. Each person has an uniqueness that needs to be discovered gradually. I work with clients on all levels - cognitive, emotional, culturally, and existentially, in order to achieve lasting change. Please see my website for more information.
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More Info About My Practice
I work with clients in an open and transparent way, negoitating what would be the best way forward for each person and emphasising experiential depth in sessions. I explore the client's own way of making sense and understanding their experiences by focusing on the client's bodily experience of the dilemmas they are living with. Sessions are conversational, supportive and challenging in a positive way. I incorporate the practice of Focusing, developed by Eugene Gendlin, into my practice with patients, supervisees, and coaching clients. I am registered with the major insurance companies and qualify as a specialist provider. You would need to check your policy to see if you are covered for psychotherapy or psychology sessions. I work in comfortable consulting rooms in Brighton/Hove and in Central London.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have specific experience working with all kinds of transition, including cross-cultural issues stemming from moving from one's home country into a new culture, or the transition of living in an intercultural relationship.
My Therapy Focus
The focus of my work is to assist clients to achieve the change that allows them to live more fully.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I advise trying a few sessions, perhaps with a few different therapists, to see what comes up. If it feels useful it is probably a good idea to commit to a block of sessions and check again, is it still useful? Therapy should feel useful - it should not be just your therapist who thinks things are happening, you should also have a sense of that in how your life is changing.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I work with many clients whose previous experience of therapy was unsatisfactory. My approach is professional, democratic and transparent, within safe boundaries but with human connection.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Therapy usually happens weekly, or sometimes fortnightly, and ends either as planned, after a set number of sessions, 10 or 12 is common, or it develops into longer-term work if that turns out to be most helpful. Therapy should end in a planned way, negotiated between the client and therapist, though it is of course ultimately the client's decision when to end.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Group Therapy
- Clinical Supervision
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I do not specialise according to 'presenting issues' or 'types of people' but potentially work with any populations. I also have specific interests in the experiences of people living away from their home culture and in issues of 'home', 'belonging' and 'identity' generally. I offer a specialisation in existential and experiential forms of therapy for any presenting issue. I also offer therapy for psychotherapists & psychologists, medical consultants, executive coaching for professionals & lawyers and others in high stress positions where work/life balance is an issue. My intention is to offer a non-oppressive practice that welcomes diversity in all its forms.
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