Psychotherapy & Counselling: £80 for regular, weekly 50 minute consultations. Longer sessions of 75 minutes are sometimes available and cost £95.
One-off mentoring for counsellors/psychotherapists: £75 for one hour.
01635 226880 (clinic)
07599 369566 (mobile)
Newbury and Marlborough
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Philosophy and Style of Working:
Wendy has a warm, empathic style of working which enables the client to feel supported and understood, whilst undertaking incisive work when appropriate.
Wendy’s original training in the 1990s provided an invaluable and in-depth understanding and application of the psychodynamic model of therapy (see below for a brief explanation). Since then, Wendy has evolved her way of working to additionally include concepts and techniques from models such as transpersonal, attachment, CBT, mindfulness and trauma work based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience. Over many years Wendy has adopted a more “integrative” approach, providing flexiblity to suit the individual client and the nature of the problems.
Wendy is bound by the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice and is subject to their complaints procedures, which ensure the highest standards of professional practice.
- Senior Accredited Practitioner, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – since 1998
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy (WPF & Roehampton Institute/University of Surrey) 1998
- Myers Briggs (MBTI – psychometric testing) qualified, 2004
- BA (Hons), 1987
- Registered with BUPA and Aviva
- Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) – formerly CRB
Training and Experience:
Wendy Bramham has 25 years’ experience of providing therapy for people in a variety of settings. In addition to working in private practice since 1998, she has also taught developmental psychology at WPF Counselling in Wokingham, and has worked for a large group of four GP practices in Alton, Hampshire as their on-site counsellor for three years. Whilst her specialty is long-term adult psychotherapy, she also offers short-term therapy and is experienced in working with teenagers and adolescents within the NHS and privately. She is also an experienced executive coach, and has a background in business, having worked (many years ago) at BUPA for five years, where she facilitated a counselling/coaching/mentoring programme for BUPA employees.
Wendy trained and qualified with WPF Counselling and Psychotherapy in London, over a five year period, three of which involved full-time study. It is a long and rigorous training distinguished by the depth and breadth of clinical experience acquired, together with a strong academic component at Masters level. Since then she has undergone numerous further training courses including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), transpersonal, mindfulness, attachment and trauma work based on the latest discoveries from neuroscience.
Wendy is committed to ongoing professional development and, since 2014, she has organised regular professional development seminars for therapists in the wider community, with renowned speakers and workshop leaders.
Wendy is the proprietor and director of Bramham Therapy.
Brief explanation of the psychodynamic model:
Psychodynamic therapy is based on an understanding that we all have an unconscious, which carries a “blueprint” that is formed during the early years of life. During this formative time, our own particular way of responding to events, experiences and parents/family members will create a pattern, which subsequently becomes embedded and influences our attitudes, perceptions, expectations, choices, behaviour and relationships, etc.
We carry this blueprint forward into adult life, but it often remains unknown to us i.e. outside of conscious awareness, and therefore can create unconscious patterns of behaviour or ‘blind spots’ in our self-awareness. It is often when these patterns become unhelpful or destructive, sometimes resulting in a crisis, that people will begin to consider seeking therapy. Peter Lomas (1987) describes Freud’s and Jung’s discovery of this mental process:
“The recognition that our perceptions are coloured by an inner world of which we are largely unaware, yet which can bring havoc to our lives, is arguably the most important finding of the century.”
Through insight gained in therapy, we benefit from increased self-awareness and self-responsibility, and subsequently more conscious choice. Wendy finds the psychodynamic approach helpful because in her experience it is often a ‘deeper’ way of working which can illuminate and resolve the roots of a problem (not just the symptoms), and therefore creates more lasting change in the client.
Wendy’s philosophy is based on enhancing self-awareness and self-responsibility, which are the cornerstones of leadership and healthy people-management. She aims to inspire the coachee to respond creatively to challenging and incisive questions, which can result in lasting change based on personal choice.
Wendy is particularly interested in:
- enhancing interpersonal skills and leadership competence, and an awareness of how these qualities impact on the whole ambience and performance of the team from the top-down
- linking inner personal integrity with the external business challenges
- discovering personal meaning and value in working life, which stimulates professional motivation
- offering scrutiny about choices and deeply-held attitudes that are both creative and limiting
- improving personal flexibility and resourcefulness
- effecting psychological change through insight, self-confidence and action; thus developing potential through empowerment and self-responsibility
The combination of business experience and extensive psychological training is Wendy’s strength, with experience as follows:
- thirteen years’ working within senior levels of corporate business and nineteen years’ facilitating behavioural change
- coaching across a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, insurance, the media, retail and financial services
- setting up of a coaching system in a large blue chip company, and fostering better communication between diverse levels of staff
Supportive, challenging and pragmatic. Wendy’s approach is diverse and flexible, depending on the individual coachee and business objectives. She believes that individual coaching should provide tailor-made personalised learning at its best, as this is the key to the realisation of potential. Wendy’s style is inspired by Socrate’s words:
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”