Hi My name is Daren Messenger and I have spent over 30 years working with Mindfulness, then over 20 years working as a psychotherapist, then working in the NHS as a therapist since 2003, then in the NHS as a CBT therapist. I now work privately offering 3 different psychotherapies.
How do you know which therapy is right for you?
If you just want to see what is on offer then please just scroll down to the pictures and read about the 3 different psychotherapies on offer: click on the links for more
Over the years I have learned that we have different needs and that: 'no size fits all'.
As such I have completed 3 degree level psychological therapy qualifications:
There is usually a high demand for my work: I have a secretary who will forward on requests or questions to me. As there is more demand than I can fulfill I , usually, only have some slots available in daytime hours.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). For Anxiety, depression and other mental health related problems. CBT is the psychological therapy favoured by the NHS. This is because it is informed by psychological science. It is a 'problem' orientated therapy: looking at specific problems and offering specific approaches to dealing with them. The problems are assessed over 3-4 weeks and a formulation 'picture' is developed with your therapist to help you understand what is 'going on'. You can take this formulation 'picture' home with you and then we start the work according to scientifically evidenced treatment models: often completing within 12-20 weeks,you will learn to be your own therapist! I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist. £80 per session
Existential Therapy (ET) is a relational therapy. It is about coming to understand your life, your difficulties and what matters to you in a new way but on your terms. Perhaps you are cautious about the claims of therapy, of 'psychological experts' and 'quick fixes'- perhaps from experience- but do need to try something different. You might need to consider and make sense of what is important to you in your present situations and to really start living your life according to these values. Relational psychotherapy is informed more by philosophy than by psychology and science. It is a contemporary take upon psycho-analysis. However; unlike the psychoanalyst your mindful therapist is fully engaged with the experiences that you present- he talks back!- A dialogue emerges about the meanings, alternate possibilities and thus choices inherent in the situation for you. I am UKCP registered. £70 per session
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). It may sometimes feel like you never seem to have time or that your life and it's demands can feel overwhelming. Modern life is accelerating. Perhaps you want to learn to cope better with these difficulties? Try learning mindfulness. This, MBCT, is a UK version and slight variant of the well known Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zin. I have over 26 years of personal mindfulness practise experience- under guidance- and, therefore, bring this long history and varied contexts to my teaching! As well as this long personal practise & experience with this approach I also have a Masters level academic psychology & research training qualification in mindfulness based approaches. I undertook this Masters level qualification in psychology at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practise (Bangor: University of Wales). This course is evidenced to reduce relapse into depression, reduce anxiety, help with coping with chronic pain and stress. It will improve well being.Click on the link above to find the next start dates. I am UK Mindfulness Network Registered .£260-£300 for complete 8 week course including materials; cd's workbooks etc. Do you buy fake items or like the real thing?Don't accept copies: it's for you!