Contact Information


Heather Darwall-Smith
07818 757911
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Region
Oxfordshire and London

Address
Grove Lodge, High Street, Deddington
Deddington
Deddington, Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX15 0SL

Online / Telephone Sessions Offered

Heather Darwall-Smith

I take a biopsychosocial approach to therapy, recognising that social, environmental and cultural factors all play a part in our health and wellbeing. I work holistically, recognising that the mind and body are one. 
‚ÄčI am particularly interested in trauma and PTSD and how they prevent us from sleeping. Trauma is not only the things that happen to you; it's what happens inside of you when things happen to you. The body's innate wisdom is to keep you alive - keep you awake, so a large part of our work is about finding ways to slow things down. After all, sleep is the ultimate in letting go, and if you can't sleep, you need to understand what is going on.
Sleep issues arise for many reasons. I utilise the CBTi framework – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, and I also work with people to deepen into longstanding problems that manifest in poor sleep. To understand our own emotional lives and those of the people around us, we need a deeper connection, and one way to do this is through mindfulness and increased awareness of how it is to be in the world. I work with a mix of practices to meet your specific needs. For example, it might be that we take a cognitive approach, working from the top-down, accessing your story through thoughts and words, or we may take a bottom-up approach and work with the feelings and sensations of what you are experiencing.
Whichever way we choose to work, I offer a safe place to explore and discuss the most difficult of things, even those that are hidden. I provide one-to-one support without judgment or criticism to support you in finding solutions and a way forward in life.

Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis, with each session lasting fifty minutes. If you would like to know more about psychotherapy options, learn more here or contact Heather for an introductory chat. 

Specialisms

Sleep
Insomnia
Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Anxiety
Stress
Depression
Relationship issues
 

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