Aaron Beeken (Ad Dip Psy C. Dip CST. Cert Hyp CS. BA (Hons). PGCE. MNCS. Accred.)
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
64 Fane Road, Walton, Peterborough, PE4 6ES
Email: [email protected]
My aim is simply to provide the people that come to see me a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate listening environment where they have the space to talk, to feel listened to and to gradually feel better. It is a great honour to work with many different people from all different walks of life and to help people help themselves.
I have a passion for person-centered and existential approaches to psychotherapy. These philosophies line up well with my beliefs that people if provided the right conditions, are capable of achieving personal growth, experiencing life authentically, finding meaning and living a fuller life.
Through experience I know that the complex and challenging mental health issues can be successfully explored, unpacked, disentangled and transformed through psychotherapy and counselling.
I believe it is important to get an accurate diagnosis and this can provide people with relief, understanding and help them make sense of themselves and what they are experiencing.
I also believe, if we choose, that diagnosis and labels do not have to define our full identity, our personality, full potential and whom we really are as holistic human beings.
I work from my family home-based practice in Peterborough, in a separate area of the house to the rest of my family to ensure confidentiality. I offer daytime and evening sessions to people visiting from Peterborough and the surrounding areas.
As of 2021, I am an accredited registrant member of The National Counselling Society (MNCS) and a registrant member of The National Hypnotherapy Society. I am DBS checked. I am fully insured. I have regular clinical supervision at least 1.5 hours per month. I keep up to date with Continual Professional Development (CPD). I work to the Code of Ethics of my registering body The National Counselling Society which you can read the latest version of by clicking here.
Modalities I Apply In Practice
Here are some of the modalities that shape how I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
Person Centered Therapy makes use of the essential core-conditions being: 'empathy, respect and congruence'. Sometimes called Rogerian Therapy, the Person-centered approach assists people in overcoming complex and deep rooted issues. Person-centered therapy creates space for exploration of self, personal growth, integration, developing resiliency, self-acceptance and provides the opportunity for people to be more in alignment with their unique and authentic self.
Existential Psychotherapy is at it's centre a philosophical way of working. The existential approach draws directly from philosophers dating back 3000 years to the time with philosophers such as Socrates and Plato. The most important aspects of existential psychotherapy as it is practices today have been perhaps from the 1800's onwards from phenomenology and existential philosophy. Notable philosophers include Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Frankl to name a few. The existential way of working aims to understand and clarify what it means to be alive. This not perhaps to impose ones will against another, in the therapy room the existential psychotherapist brackets this aside; nor not to gravitate towards delivering a pre-prescribed doctrine of how to be in accordance to live in 'the right way'; nor is the existential approach about implementing ideologies. So what is the existential approach?
The existential approach is a phenomenological investigation, with a relationship underpinned in by the principles of empathy, positive regard and congruence. Existential approach may approach 'people', 'things' and 'being' with compassion, curiosity and courage. The existential approach aims to explore existence and in the therapy room this means that we aim to explore and make sense of your life; the past, present and future: however that may look, feel and sound like to you. The existential exploration makes use of 'the phenomenological method'. We work with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and depression and explore the roots of these 'symptoms'. We aim to get back to the things themselves. In addition existential psychotherapy places importance on exploring peoples lives and how they may consciously, or unconsciously, be choosing to live. There might be an exploration of beliefs, values and attitudes, including how they correlate. The approach takes into account certain 'givens of existence'. We might therefore explore freedom and the choices that we have. In doing so the existential approach would explore the opportunities, limitations and the responsibility that comes alongside the choices we make on ourselves and to the world around us. In an open way to finding the person's own subjective truth, importance is placed on exploring and understanding the persons own consciousness, perception and perspective of the being-in-the-world.
As another part of the humanistic branch of psychotherapy I also integrate Gestalt Therapy into my way of working. Gestalt places great important in increasing our knowledge and awareness of the 'present moment'. The past and future are also worked with - from the perspective of how past and future are being experienced in the 'here and now' and 'present moment'. In Gestalt therapy we consider that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
The psychodynamic model explores at a person's own pace how patterns from our past are affecting their present. By working through thoughts, feelings and emotions that are a result from our past experiences - of which are normally stored subconsciously - we have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of our selves and our present behaviours, thoughts and emotions. Through integration of parts of our unconscious - repressed emotions for example - we often experience a shift in some part of us which leads to a transformation in how we feel in ourselves, interact with others and the world we live in within our present day-to-day lives.
I also make use of Jungian psychotherapy. Jungian therapy is also known as analytical and depth psychotherapy. Jungian psychotherapy works extensively with deeper depths of our psyche - exploring and integrating the Self, the personal and collective parts of the unconscious. Jungian therapy is usually a long term therapeutic approach whereby a great deal of inner and outer transformation occurs in relation to 'how' we are within the world and within ourselves.
As an integrative therapist I also draw in from other modalities when and where appropriate including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution focused Brief (SFBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Hypnotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Psychoanalytic and Humanistic therapy.