About me

Kari Dewar

 I have many years of experience as a therapist and coach:

  1. Individuals one-to-one
  2. Couples (including same sex, multi-cultural). 
  3. Groups (both therapy groups and psycho-educational workshops)
  4. Employees (Employee Assistance Programmes, funded by the employer)

I have been practicing for 23 years, and have been actively studying and pursuing my professional training and development for the last 25 years.

Working Style

My style is very relational. I use a mixture of listening, warmth, empathy, a broad life experience, intuition and many years of personal psychological and transformational work. This creates a space for you to feel able to share and work with what is often experienced as too uncomfortable. I will work with you  at a rate of personal discovery and change that fits right for you. I will regularly check in with you throughout our work together.

I am extensively trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, and blend this with insights from Body PsychotherapyIntegrative Psychosexual Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, CBT and Transformational Coaching.

I believe that the most important part of the work is the therapeutic relationship between us. Trust can take time to develop and possible dynamics or patterns that happen with other relationships in your life may get replayed out in the sessions. This can be a great opportunity to uncover unconscious blind spots and challenge yourself in a safe environment. 

I will observe and sense the physical and emotional reactions and responses inside, around you and between us, work with your thoughts and beliefs and possibly at times work with the creative arts as a key to unlock what you may be holding emotionally and/or in the body. This is particularly helpful when you might find talking difficult. Past traumas can often be frozen in the body and out of awareness, therefore an important part of our work together is to help illuminate what is unconscious into conscious awareness; this can then support your choices and personal empowerment and sense of well being .

 I often use reading materials and homework as a therapeutic tool to keep continuity, consolidate and integrate awareness from the sessions and between them. I find this helps individuals to see how they are progressing, thus supporting you in becoming the predominant creative force in designing and living, and at times tolerating, a life you love inside and out.

Kari

Qualifications

Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community: The Manor House Centre, Finchley Central, North London
Advanced Dip in Psychodynamic Therapy: Manor House Centre
Certificate in Integrative Pychosexual Therapy: A year long training at Spiral Holistic Centre, North London (Cabby Laffy)
Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy: A follow up year training at Spiral Holistic Centre, North London (Cabby Laffy)- Author of LoveSex (Karnac Books)
Leadership and Transformational Coaching: Numerous workshops over the course of 5 years in and around the South East of England.
Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy: Regents College, With Bernd C Leygraf
UKRCP: Registered independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
MBACP: Accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Associate member of UKAHPP: (The United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners)
Member Of CThA: ( Complimentary Therapists Association)
I have up to date Insurance to practice in any of the above modalities.

Continuing Professional Development

I am constantly interested in keeping up with current changes and advancements in the field of Transformation, Neuro-Biology (Brain Science), Psychological and Therapeutic services. It is also a requirement for the regulating bodies I am associated with, to accumulate at least 30 hours of additional learning, for CPD annually.I  attend regular supervision fortnightly and monthly Group Reflective practice for my own professional development and to support the work I do with my clients, in order to offer an optimum, ethical and good service for them.

Workshops Attended: NLP: John Cassidy-Rice/ Michael Breen, Hidden essentials of connection: Sue Glasser & Cabby Laffy, Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System: Roz Carrol, Core Training and a weekend Conducting workshop: School of Playback Theatre, The Transformation: (8 monthly experiential on Intuitive ways of working and being) Darren Eden, The Psycho Neurology of Stress: Franklyn Sills, Embodying Cellular Consciousness: Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, From Quark to Quaser, The Natural Energy Systems Within and Around us and their Therapeutic Significance: James Oschman, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness: Peter Levine, All speakers at 'The Breath of Life Conference 2011,  A 4 Day Crucible Clinical Workshop on 'Intimacy' (Berlin 2012) Dr. David Schnarch Author of 'Constructing the Sexual Crucible',(W.W. Norton &Co) 'Passionate Marriage', (Owl Books), 'Resurrecting Sex'(Harper Collins) Intimacy & Desire (Beaufort Books)

Masterclass on Sexual Desire and Intimacy, 3 days (London 2013) Dr.David Schnarch (Director of marriage and Family Health Centre MHFC) & Dr. Ruth Morehouse (Co-Director MHFC) 

Bridge to Intimacy, 3 days, (CPD London 2013)  Encounter Learning Centre, (Making sense of relationships) Sue Wintgens & Noa Rockman, Introduction to Transformative Couples Therapy (CPD, 2 days London, Jan 2014). Foundation in Core Skills, Walking the talk (CPD, 2 days London. 2014). Advanced skills training, Childhood: The past in the present. ( 2 days, London 2014) All with Encounter Learning Centre. Transformative Couples Therapy- ( Year training with Encounter learning Centre 2014 -2015) 

Adventure in Intimacy, Hedy and Yumi Schleifer, 3 days. (Encounter Learning Centre 2015)