Harriet Doward

Harriet Doward

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - St. Albans

St. Albans AL1
Sessions from £70.00



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About me and my therapy practice

My role as your therapist is to provide a safe and empathic environment where you feel confident to share difficult issues in a confidential setting without fear of any judgement. We will work together to find new perspectives by identifying and challenging old patterns and barriers in order to help forge change and move forward. 

In my practice, I work with a variety of challenging issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, post-natal depression, addiction, trauma, and bereavement. These are complex issues that require sensitivity and understanding, which is why building a strong connection between therapist and client is crucial.  Making a commitment to counselling is a potentially life-changing decision which requires courage and trust.

I work with adults and adolescents over 17 years.

Practice description

My approach is rooted in Gestalt Therapy, which encourages a better understanding of how we relate to ourselves and others and the subsequent impact we carry both emotionally and physically. There is inevitably some looking back in order to understand how patterns became set and affect how we behave in the present. Understanding the past can bring understanding, growth and change. I will work with you to challenge unhelpful past behaviours and learn new ways of "being" in the world.

“It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard”. Carl Rogers

I have experience in working therapeutically with neurodiversity and have also developed a particular interest in the psychological impact of our school years which led me to pursue additional training on working with boarding school survivors.

Additional training includes:

Working with Adolescent / Adult Mental Health

Working with Women Boarding School Survivors - a workshop for therapists

The Forgotten Teenager - a Gestalt approach

Boarding School Syndrome - The Psychological Trauma(s) of "Privileged" - Joy Schaverien with boarding school survivors, 

My first session

I offer an initial free consultation by telephone to give you the opportunity to ask me any questions and decide if you would like us to work together.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Neurodiversity, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work

Languages spoken

English, French