Sue Holland is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor. She has been practising since 1992. Sue is also a trainer; a licensed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and an APECS accredited executive coach and APECS accredited coach supervisor.
As an executive and leadership coach and consultant Sue works and trains internationally with individuals and teams at all management levels. She coaches private individuals in leadership and management roles and offers creative development. Sue specialises in communication skills; skills for personal growth; energy management and coaching for professional and personal achievement.
As a psychotherapist Sue works with a diverse range of adult clients, long and short term, including clients suffering trauma; bereavement; anxiety; recovery from addiction; abuse; depression; relationship difficulties; existential issues; work related stress.
She has BUPA provision.
Sue's core working philosophy is psychosynthesis. During her many years practising she has been influenced by and integrated various modalities including CBT; psychodynamic; Gestalt; existential and person centred. Sue is experienced, creative and open-minded.
She is director of On Purpose Consulting Limited, an international training and consultancy organisation.
Sue is a corporate Energy Management Coach and Trainer, licensed by the Human Performance Institute. Sue practises qigong and she is a triathlete. This reflects her interest in the connection between psychology and physiology.
Sue runs bespoke training workshops - see the services section for more details.
She works in private practice as a coach, psychotherapist and supervisor.
Sue also works in French and Dutch.
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A Psychology of Love and Will
Psychosynthesis is not simply a model of pathology and treatment, but a developmental approach which can help guide a person to understand the meaning of their human life within the broad context of synthesis - the drive towards the harmonisation of all relationships, whether intrapersonal, or interpersonal, between individuals and groups.
In 1911, as a pioneer of psychoanalysis in Italy, Roberto Assagioli began developing the insight that even as the psychological past exists in the present, so too does the psychological future. In other words, just as childhood is affecting our present living, so too is our vast human potential for healing and change. Indeed, repression of this higher potential can lead to psychological disturbances every bit as debilitating as repression of childhood trauma.
Assagioli maintained that just as there is a lower unconscious, there is also a superconscious. He describes this as a realm of the psyche that contains our highest potential - the Self, the source of our unique human path of development. This is the realm of values and of peak experiences, later to be studied by Abraham Maslow, which gave birth to the field of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology.
Assagioli formulated his discoveries into an approach he called psychosynthesis. This term of course distinguishes it from psychoanalysis, but Assagioli did not mean thereby to replace the insights of psychoanalysis, but rather to include the past within the context of the awakening of the Self.
Plumbing the depths of the past and healing childhood traumas is as crucial to psychosynthesis as it is to other psychological orientations. In psychosynthesis this uncovering work is carried out within the context of discovering and expressing the rich inner resources of the unfolding Self.
"Using nature's lessons in healing trauma..." P Levine
Somatic Experiencing is a form of therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). It was introduced in Dr. Peter Levine's 1997 book Waking the Tiger. In it, he discusses at length his observations of animals in the wild and how they deal with and recover from life-threatening situations. He concludes that their behaviour gives us "an insight into the biological healing process" and that "the key to healing traumatic symptoms in humans lies in our being able to mirror the fluid adaption of wild animals" as they avoid traumatisation in reacting to life-threatening situations.
The theory postulates that the symptoms of trauma are the effect of a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). It further postulates that the ANS has an inherent capacity to self-regulate that is undermined by trauma, and that the inherent capacity to self-regulate can be restored by the procedures of Somatic Experiencing.
The procedure, which is carried out in a face-to-face session similar to psychotherapy, involves a client tracking his or her own felt-sense experience.