My name is Dr Iwona Scollard, and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Clinical Supervisor registered and accredited by the BPS and HCPC. I have over 20 years of experience in diverse mental health settings. I have completed a Doctoral level training in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Therapy is a space to feel safe to share, to allow your feelings to be heard and understood. My work as a psychotherapist is based on the belief that change is possible, and if you are here, change is what you hope for. Together, we will explore your true self and bring your challenges to the fore, imagining and creating a life where you are not only surviving but thriving.
Today, we definitely know that brain structures are being built and altered thanks to experience. Psychotherapy can be more effective when based on a neuropsychological approach. The knowledge about the brain is continually enriched, which leads to updating of the therapeutic approaches. Neuropsychological studies prove that cognition is a key element that links together brain functioning and behaviour. The new evidence on brain functioning necessitates the integration of neuropsychological achievements in the psychotherapeutic process. An integrative aproach takes into account the dynamic interaction between brain functioning, psyche, soul, spirit, social interaction, and neoro-plasticity. This is neuro-psychologically informed psychotherapy.
I provide supervision to other practitioners. Most commonly, this would be one-to-one, but I would consider facilitating small groups on request. My style of supervision is Integrative and Relational with psychodynamic flavour. I am mindful of intersectionality, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, religion and other dimensions that contextualise our work in the therapy room and in supervision.
I have been working as a mental health practitioner since 2000. I work in an integrative, relational way, including psychodynamic, neuroscience-based attachment theories, CBT and existential ideas. What works for some, may not always work for another client, and it is my job to find the best fit for each person’s individual mental well being. I have a special interest in: anxiety, depression, personality disorders, existential issues, relationships, stress, trauma, abuse, cultural and political issues. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy, short-term or long-term, in my therapy room in Christchurch and on-line.
I practice in both English and Polish.
I completed Clinical Psychology training in Poland, and further trained in London to achieve doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
My PhD research was a qualitative study of the experience of immigrant community in the UK.
I am also a lecturer in Counselling, and have always balanced clinical work with academic responsibilities.
“Psychotherapy is not a procedure performed upon one person by another; it is a dialogue between personal universes, and it transforms both"