To look at any thing,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say,
"I have seen spring in these
Woods," will not do - you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of
Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,
You must enter in
To the small silences between
The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from.

 

John Moffitt

About me

 
Qualifications

 

I am a fully qualified Drama and Movement therapist (MA) with 16 years professional experience, having trained with the Sesame Institute at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  This training follows a Jungian approach to imagination and the unconscious, combined with the movement psychology of Laban. 

 

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (Elizabeth Cummings - Registration No: AS02178) and abide by their code of ethics.

 

I am a member of The Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development Centre (OTS)

 

I regularly attend workshops in accordance with CPD requirements, in alignment with the ethics set out by HPCP.  I am also in regular supervision and engage in personal study of my professional field.

 

I am qualified as a facilitator in Pathways2wellbeing.  This is an organization run by highly experienced body and movement psychotherapists and which specializes in group work with people with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

Experience

In groups and with individuals, I have worked with the NHS and privately with children of all ages with emotional and behavioural difficulties, children with A.D.H.D. aspergers and autism, in schools, Sure Start centres, residential settings and community centres. 

 

I have worked with adults with complex and profound learning difficulties, autism, mental health problems in secure settings and forensic mental health hospitals and with adults who wish to address personal issues and self development.  

Students and supervision

As well as offering supervision and therapy to students who are in dramatherapy training, I also provide one to one sessions for qualified therapists.

Oxfordshire Therapy Self Development (OTS)

 

As a free-lance therapist in Oxfordshire, I have found being a member of OTS to be an invaluable support that allows me in turn to offer a grounded and professional service to my clients.

About OTS:

  • A diverse community of counsellors and therapists from a wide range of therapeutic orientations, offering a wide range of psychological therapies, methods and therapy formats

  • A one-stop access and referral point for the general public, helping you find the ‘right’ therapy and the ‘right’ therapist for you.

  • Committed to providing impartial advice, information, assessment and recommendations.

  • Providing psychological services appropriate to the individual, by tailoring the therapy to what you need and want (rather than prescribing a generic therapy on the basis of your diagnosed ‘symptoms’).

  • Committed to finding affordable solutions for those unable to meet the costs  associated with therapy.

  • A community created to support newly qualified therapists as they begin their careers, to provide ongoing education and support for senior therapists, and to provide placement opportunities and supervision for those still in training.

 

What OTS provides for clients:

  • Choice of therapies: access to a wide range of therapeutic approaches, methods and formats.

  • Impartial information about therapy generally as well as services and practitioners available in the region.

  • Introductory and educational events as well as workshops on specific topics.

  • Referral service helping you choose the ‘right' therapeutic option for you as an individual, couple or family concerned.

  • Low-cost therapy service (with advanced trainees and recently qualified therapists).

  • Group therapy (a range of different types of groups and approaches).

 

What OTS can provide for practising therapists and trainees:

  • The opportunity to become part of a vibrant multi-modality community, offering you  support and continuing professional development (i.e. ongoing training and educational events).

  • Receiving appropriately assessed referrals, matching your experience, expertise and competence.

  • An extensive referral network that you can be confident to refer on to

  • Supervision (a range of different types, approaches and formats).

  • Placement opportunities for students and trainees.

 

How to get in contact:

 

 
 
and finally...

I believe therapy is a responsible endeavour for any person to embark upon whether they are in crisis, addressing a particular issue or wanting to develop their personal self. 

 

The nature of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is of the utmost importance and I have a deep respect for anyone who chooses to give therapy, of any kind, a try. 

 

No word is insignificant, no feeling is irrelevant, no story of less importance than another, no gesture, no sound too small. 

​© 2014 Lizzie Cummings