MICHELLE HEGARTY (BSC, MA, DIP PSYCH)
An experienced professional with a wealth of diverse experience.
I am a committed psychotherapist registered with the UKCP with a passionate belief in providing a progressive and creative approach to psychotherapy that is fit for purpose in a diverse and dynamic city like London. I work in the transference holding the environment and the client through the therapeutic process and offering clients an opportunity to find a safe space where emotional conflicts can be explored.
While working strictly within the boundaries of my profession I take an individual approach to my work. My choice of training school expresses my interest in practicing psychotherapy within the wider social and cultural context and my belief that the field of psychotherapy is enriched by being as inclusive as possible.
I believe strongly in challenging historic approaches to therapy where the therapist holds a privileged position, determining the appropriate therapy outcomes, the approach to therapy and leading the way. I believe that clients must be co-creators and co-facilitators in the therapy process to enable it to succeed.
My first degree in Political Philosophy led me into a career within public policy. My fascination with the individual mind and relationship to others grew quickly and I trained as an Hypnotherapist and Neuro linguistic Practitioner. Through this training I became interested in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and undertook a clinical and academic training gaining a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies. This training included a two year placement within the NHS.
Following qualification I have developed a thriving private practice, working initially as an Associate Psychotherapist to the London Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and then specialising in forensic psychotherapy working within the criminal justice system.
I am currently an executive member of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Social Studies.
Over the years I have become particularly interested in the acting out through the body and behaviours of unprocessed emotion in the therapeutic relationship and the impact of myth and ritual upon our understanding of ourselves and place within our worlds. As a result I will be embarking upon a training in Drama therapy to add to the diversity of my therapeutic work.