Tony Ambrose, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Tony Ambrose

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Tony Ambrose, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Tony Ambrose

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My Approach

A core interest is the coping/survival adaptations & self-alienation that can stem from formative relational distress, deprivation and trauma, including attachment trauma & complex ptsd (usually arising from chronic childhood/developmental stress/trauma). I work with how such difficulties can compromise relational trust and engagement (with self and others), and can impact self-image/esteem, diminish expectations of self, others and life, and be a significant factor in various chronic limiting issues/patterns, compulsions and addictions.

By affirming the stability and felt sense of safety needed to emerge from trauma, and anchor more fully in the present, we are better able to contain, relate to our distress, identify needs, better regulate/integrate intense feelings and trauma, optimise self-care, and feel increasingly safe, embodied and at home in the present. Over time this can enable us to find greater clarity, inner peace/self-acceptance, creative renewal, wholeness and fulfilment. My approach is particularly informed by the work of various clinicians in the field of trauma and attachment/relational neuroscience, especially the work of Janina Fisher, Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges (polyvagal theory), Allan Schore, Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems), Bonnie Badenoch, Sue Johnson, Daniel Siegel, Louis Cozolino, Peter Levine, among others.

About Me

Associate Psychotherapist The Gestalt Centre London NW1 (UKCP Reg.1996-present).
I offer a therapeutic relationship affirming creative renewal, integration and wholeness, promoting clarity and mindful self-compassion. I draw on relational/attachment approaches/neuroscience, trauma recovery, and Internal Family Systems - IFS level1 cert. 2016 - The IFS Institute ("IFS" refers to our "internal family" of different parts of self, and how these can be impacted by relational stress/deprivation & trauma); also psychodynamic, cognitive, addiction and other perspectives.
Other biography: Associate Tutor University of Surrey Psychology Dept (2010-2018): facilitating personal/professional development groups for Counselling Psychology doctoral students. Past group facilitator/supervisor the Gestalt Centre London.
Counsellor (1990-present) Reg. MBACP: Co-founder (1999), counsellor (1999-2004) with The Cancer Counselling Trust, and counsellor with CancerBackup charity (1997-99). Placement bereavement counsellor Trinity Hospice, Clapham (1990-93).

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I work online (via Zoom) so can offer sessions UK wide (when there’s a sufficiently stable internet connection). I also discuss and assess client issues and areas in initial sessions, including whether a client’s potential therapeutic needs seem suited to an online therapy arrangement/format.
I am interested in creative process in personal and professional life including music and the arts, and have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice with clients in various creative/performance fields, such as musicians, actors, directors, journalists & writers. This has included inner-process work re inner barriers to creative energy/expression, such as unresolved post-traumatic stress/PTSD, formative relational issues, and sometimes from "complex PTSD" (developmental/attachment trauma). For 8 years (2010-2018) I was also a personal/professional development group facilitator with University of Surrey Psychology Department, to Counselling Psychology doctorate students - the groups were primarily oriented toward individual & group awareness & developmental/creative process.
I am also interested in the holistic integration of various aspects of life needs & experience that are part of personal growth/development, including spirituality in a personal & broad relational sense, not only through traditional/established religions, practices & acculturation, within which we may have grown up. A reflective space can help us to differentiate what we have inherited/internalised (that may have influenced or shaped our inner life & world views) from our own distinct needs and intrinsic nature/selves as we are - and the life/developmental needs that can emerge/flow from this sometimes creative, sometimes oppressive, tension/process - that has the capacity to be deeply fulfilling, but that can also generate significant/chronic inner confusion/contradiction and conflict. When we cultivate a mindful centred space/awareness, from which to clearly see, recognise and relate to different parts of self & states of mind that coexist within us, we are less likely to feel self-judging & self-alienated, or that we have to make a ‘this or that’ choice between apparently contradictory/exclusive choices. We can instead learn to increasingly accept/embrace the differing states & experiences that together form part of our whole life journey - integral parts of who we have been, are, and are becoming - that coexist within us.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Gestalt Group Psychotherapist
  • Gestalt Psychotherapist
  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist
  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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