Madeleine Böcker BA (Hons.), Dip. Psych., MA, MBACP, completed a four-year post-graduate Diploma-course in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (which is BACP and UKCP accredited) and is fully UKCP accredited. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Supervision.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy is an integrative approach with a holistic and spiritual dimension, giving the therapist a variety of treatment methods, ranging from Psychodynamic Counselling over CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), TA (Transactional Analysis), Existential and Gestalt Therapy to Jungian and Transpersonal concepts. It aims at balancing mind, body and soul, allowing you to live your life consciously and joyfully.
I have been working in private Transpersonal, Integrative Psychotherapy practice in London W2 (near W9 and NW8) for nine years and worked at The Tuke Centre, an evidence-based Psychodynamic practice in York, for over two years.
To give you a taste, in the past, I worked in a group-therapy programme, helping women-survivors of abuse with eating disorders and self-defeating behaviours, co-facilitated an Art Therapy group (which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I still like to work creatively) as well as working with a Jungian drama therapist and also co-facilitated a Gestalt therapy seminar for psychotherapy students. This means that we can work psychodynamically or cognitively, but, due to my integrative psychotherapy training and holistic work experience, we can also work together on a deeper, perhaps mystical, level. This might include working with your dreams, peak experiences, body sensations, poetry and art work, not only to overcome your difficulties and fears, but to move towards individuation, wellness and an altogether happier, more integrated and fulfilled life. Don’t worry if you feel you haven’t got any dreams or peak experiences etc. to bring at present – integrative therapy is open and fluid – there is no “right way”. Just being together, being heard and understood, receiving warmth and care are the cornerstone of good therapy.
After all these years, I am experienced at working in extreme situations and on profound issues: In the early 1990s, I supported gay men dying from AIDS during the last year of their lives, dealing with physical illness, social discrimination, loss and the emotional and spiritual problems brought on by the threat of premature death.
I have also been working with people with diagnoses ranging from Clinical and Bi-Polar Depression to Borderline Personality Disorder. Yet, I strongly feel that people do not have to “be ill” in a medical sense to get involved in psychotherapy or counselling, but rather see it as a gift to yourself.
My special interests include Family Constellations, trans-generational therapy, Jungian dream analysis and working with the body. Further, I have a background in healing and have a long history of self-development. Over recent years I have also been involved in research and have published articles in Therapy Today, Wellbeing Magazine and Psychotherapy Publications.
I like to work with Heart and Soul to create a safe and warm atmosphere, honouring the individual’s Divine Spark.
I am a Full Member of the BACP and UKCP accredited.