About Me

Drew Miller Counselling

I worked for three years Kings College Hospital London, Caldecot Clinic, an NHS psychosexual service for women and men providing psychological help for sexual and relationship problems.

I have worked in Residential and Community services, including drug and alcohol services, as a Senior Practitioner for 15 years before concentrating on my private practice in the last few years.

I have had a rich and varied life experience. I trained as a Sculptor in London. After exploring Europe and the USA I moved to Dartmouth in Devon and lived on an old sailing yacht. I have also enjoyed life working on the land as a farmer in Devon and Dorset. In midlife I settled down as a Director/Partner in an Art Consultancy, Peter Millard and Partners in West London.

I was drawn to become a psychotherapist late in life and find immense fulfilment now working with adults from all walks of life.

 

Therapy is good for you

A common view of therapy is that it is painful and difficult. Of course if we are in touch with our feelings these can be sad, angry, anxious etc, but we can also have a lighter touch while maintaining strong secure boundaries.

“The whole endeavor of therapy is fun and play rather than work – hopefully motivated by curiosity rather than fear”. Ron Kurtz

Get past your past

The problem with PTSD is not in the past , that’s the past, but in the way it affects us now.

Working with me, can you accept that for the purposes of therapy every distressing feeling or thought represents a communication from a younger part looking for an adultier adult in the present?

Be yourself

Whenever I have been scared of something – especially public speaking and the like – someone always says “just be yourself!” Great advice but hard to follow sometimes. Why is this?

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
Joan Didion

Help with Life and EMDR

I have found that EMDR helps clients quickly resolve traumatic experiences. ‘Large T’ trauma can often be resolved after a few sessions. For ‘small t’ trauma we would work together to understand and map the past challenges in your life and then agree on where to start. With EMDR we always begin with creating a sense of stability and ensure you have sufficient internal resources which we build together as we prepare the way forward.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR seems to directly influence the way that the brain functions. It helps to restore normal ways of dealing with problems (i.e. information processing). Following successful EMDR treatment, memories of such events are no longer painful when brought to mind. What happened can still be recalled, but it is no longer upsetting.

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