Heather Lewin recognises the importance of placing her clients at the very centre of their work. This enables her to understand their world and develop a trusting and authentic relationship in which her clients experience being seen, heard and accepted. In turn, this creates a safe space for her clients to develop greater self-awareness and insight into the difficulties they are experiencing. Heather believes that the answers are within us; in therapy her aim is to ‘journey’ with her clients as they develop the ability to get in-touch with deep feelings, latent thoughts and then reframe old patterns of thinking.
As an integrative practitioner with a great appreciation of individual difference, Heather employs a range of therapeutic approaches and creativity in her work; this includes the use of art, focusing, dream inference and role – play. In collaboration with her clients Heather carefully tailors her approach to suit their needs – rather like making a bespoke suit that will fit you and only you! This enables her to connect with and relate to each client on a deep and personal level.
Over 20 years experience of working in education – where she specialised in teaching pupils with Autism and Severe and Complex Needs – and then as a foster-carer have influenced how Heather works with her clients. It was in these settings that Heather came to understand the importance of treating and working with young people as individuals while honing the skills that she has now transferred to therapy. As a practitioner Heather has experience of working with a wide range of psychological and behavioural issues. These include but are not limited to bereavement, self -harm, suicidal thoughts, OCD, ADHD, and work place issues.
Heather is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Heather also holds a PGDip in Counselling Children qualifying her to work therapeutically with young people. Heather works in private practice at TAC in Tooting.