Josefine Speyer, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Josefine Speyer

English, German
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Josefine Speyer, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Josefine Speyer

English, German
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My Approach

My approach is Integrative, strongly informed by Jungian, psychoanalytic and group analytic thought, as well as attachment theory and trauma theory. My experience of working with the dying and the bereaved have further broadened my outlook.

About Me

I am a senior psychotherapist, in private practice since 1985. I treat people from all walks of life and from a variety of cultural backgrounds. I work one-to-one with adults facing anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, bereavement, affected by chronic or life-threatening illness, end-of-life issues, grief and loss, career issues, work related problems, trauma and stress. I offer initial interviews, sometimes spaced over several weeks, before deciding we will work together, either short-term or open ended. In my work I aim to provide a safe, compassionate and confidential space to facilitate creative exploration, to develop greater awareness and for learning to take place. I encourage making notes of dreams so we can explore them as part of the therapy. Diary writing may also be useful for some people.

I offer clinical supervision, individually or in small groups. I work with trainees and with qualified and established counsellors and psychotherapists and also with professionals working with terminally or seriously ill, the dying and the bereaved. I am a supervisor for bereavement services. I enjoy the collaborative and creative exploration within supervision, supporting therapists, building on their strengths and helping them to develop awareness is other areas where attention might be needed. It is a mutual learning experience and very satisfying.

Since the pandemic all my work is online via Zoom or Skype or on the phone (via Signal).

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 have a special interest in working with grief, loss and bereavement. Untimely or sudden death or multiple bereavements can be hard to bear. Sometimes we realise only years later that we have been unable to grieve. A traumatic experience of loss can make it difficult 'to get on with life'. Death can make us question the way we live and challenge us to re-evaluate what we consider to be important. It can bring up questions about our religious or spiritual beliefs. Previous ways of coping may no longer work. Counselling or psychotherapy can offer a safe, non-judgemental space for exploration towards integrating complex feelings and dealing with 'unfinished business' in order to find some acceptance and peace with the new reality. Bereavement can also make us want to look more deeply at ourselves and at unresolved issues of the past, how these have affected us and lead us to personal growth. I also work with people as they approach the end of their life, either through an incurable illness or as part of ageing.
A cancer diagnosis can turn one's life upside down, as a patient, a carer or a loved one close to the patient. It can greatly stress relationships. Going through treatment can arouse many fears, It can sometimes feel like a very dark and lonely place to be. Counselling can offer support in adjusting to this new reality and finding a way through to gain a new sense of balance. Cancer can make us face our mortality. Although many people make a good recovery from cancer and live a good life for many years, for some sadly this is not the case. I have been deeply inspired by Lawrence LeShan's book Cancer As a Turning Point. I believe we can use the remaining time in our life, however long or short, to live in the most meaningful and creative way and the most joyful way we can, so that one day we can die with the least regret.
I offer clinical supervision, individually or in small groups. I work with trainees and with qualified and established counsellors and psychotherapists and also with professionals working with people who are terminally or seriously ill, the dying and the bereaved. I am a supervisor for bereavement services. I enjoy the collaborative and creative exploration within supervision, supporting therapists, building on their strengths and helping them to develop awareness in areas where attention might be needed. I like to create a safe environment for learning. All my supervision work is now online via Zoom or Skype. If you have questions and would like to find out more, please contact me by email.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Age-related Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Health-related Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Josefine Speyer

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