Grace McIntyre, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Grace McIntyre

OX12
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Grace McIntyre, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Grace McIntyre

OX12
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My Approach

Currently working online via Zoom.
In October working face to face from Hermitage, Berkshire.

I specialise in working with complex mental health symptoms through a three-tier treatment model, aiming to shift and relieve symptoms on a neurobiological and somatic level.

In sessions I focus on the need to establish safety and stability in your nervous system supported through developing skills in psychoeducation, mindfulness and increasing upon your capacity to become more embodied. You will be central to forming the rhythm and pace of your recovery in collaboration with my expertise.

When you are ready and with increasing capacity we can begin to focus more on processing the emotional and somatic based remnants of your past experiences in the nervous system. Leading to fuller integration in your sense of self. With specific interest in ‘IFS for Trauma’, structural disassociation and treating psychosexual complexities. ​

In my practice I work with an integrative theoretical model woven alongside the use of the expressive arts. I facilitate connection with your visual, bodily, and relational experience, leading to a bespoke understanding of their therapeutic process. This creative therapeutic alliance is achieved using Sandtray, music, movement, sculpture, painting and drawing, poetry, creative writing, drama, play, and connection with nature. Use of the arts is optional.

In the past I have worked with complex behavioural needs and disabilities within adolescents and adults. And as a group facilitator in a Therapeutic Community for EUPD, on secure wards for elderly patients, supporting them to access connection with arts and self-expression. I have worked as a Trauma Therapist at Khiron Clinics since November 2018, and currently maintain a role as Primary Trauma Therapist. In this role I have been delivering 1to1s and a wide array of groups. With access to supervision from international leads in the trauma field, such as Deb Dana, Colleen De-Rango, Ditte Marcher and Janina Fisher. I will be leaving this place of work in September 2021, to establish my private practice full time. Where I welcome those seeking support for their mind-body health.

About Me

Completed Masters in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, with Merit.

When starting a therapeutic alliance together I am agreeing to support you to identify treatment goals and use my skill set to help you achieve them. It is in my best interest to support you to begin envisaging how you would like to use the resources available to you in the therapeutic session. Whilst working together your treatment will be typically staggered over three stages, from stabilisation, processing, and reintegration. Dependant on the point of entry and exit into therapy, the treatment model will be adjusted to meet your specific needs. I do recommend that you find a way to journal your experience, this could be through words, imagery, collage, music, creative writing such as poetry and stories. These reflections can be built upon further in the sessions, whilst adding to a truly personalised and bespoke exploration of your experience.

Trainings 2021

Speaking of Sex: Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2021

The Realisation Festival, Saint Giles House, Perspectiva Group, 2021

Sex, Desire and Relationship Issues, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2021

Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing; A bilateral approach to sensorimotor body mapping, BAAT, 2021

Trainings 2020

Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020

Safeguarding for Adults, Able Training, 2020

Sensory Processing and Trauma, Tania Barney, 2020

IFS for Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020

Trainings 2019

Ligature Awareness and Protocol, Able Training, 2019

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level One, Sensorimotor Institute, 80 hours, 2019

Polyvagal Training, Deb Dana, 2019

Trainings pre 2019

Arts based Counselling Skills, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, 2016

Advanced Diploma in the Application of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, one year, 2015

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • 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 have experience of working with CPTSD, whilst working at Khiron Clinics, a residential trauma clinic from November 2018 - September 2021. I support survivors of emotional, sexual, spiritual, physical abuse in my practice by utilising body-based approaches to re-integrate the body and mind together. Whilst at this place of work I received supervision from the leads in the trauma field such as Janina Fisher and Deb Dana. Who support the work of IFS, structural Dissociation and Polyvagal Theory.
When pulling upon the physiology of our survival responses, found in the Polyvagal Theory, we can deepen an understanding of your physiology and psychology to better understand the presentation of the sympathetic nervous system strand found in anxiety. We would call this hyper-arousal.
When pulling upon the physiology of our survival responses, found in the Polyvagal Theory, we can deepen an understanding of your physiology and psychology to better understand the presentation of the dorsal nervous system strand found in depression. We would call this hypo-arousal.
I have been working with survivors of complex abuse and supporting the after effects of abuse upon the development of building healthy sexual bonds. Supporting any client interested to integrate and deepen into their own sexual identity, using the following themes: Trust Safety Boundaries Sensory Consent The 'I' position
I follow the three-tier approach to treating trauma which is: 1. Working on establishing safety and stability 'STABILSATION' in the nervous system and parts. 2. Then moving into 'PROCESSING' somatic/sensory and parts-based themes within the body and mind. 3. The final stage of trauma treatment is described as 'REINTEGRATION'. This describes the process of bringing into more conscious awareness and collaboration between the body, mind and parts system.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Arts Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender
  • Health-related Issues
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessions
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Office


OX12 9NL
United Kingdom (UK)

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Grace McIntyre

Grace McIntyre

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