I’m Martin Pollecoff, am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor, in private practice, in London W2. I hold a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute (Middlesex University) and a Masters Degree in Change Agents Skills and Strategies from Surrey University. This last one take a bit of explaining, its a humanistic psychology degree but designed for anyone working in Organisational Change, which was part of my past career. Like most therapists I collect qualifications and certificates
I started out my psychotherapy career in working in drink and drugs – sorry ‘- Alcohol and Substance’ abuse, in a clinic in Wrexham, a one-time mining town on the Welsh English border. I soon realised that much of what I learned at college did not apply. The psychoanalytic coldness and distance that I offered was of little use to the people I was seeing. The clients were mostly men and they were far more sensitive to ‘shame’ than my female clients. Most had been sent to see us (often by their solicitors in the hope of lighter sentencing) and had little intention of actually doing the work. And so I set out to create a therapy that people wanted to do, one where they felt valued, welcomed, so that they look forward to coming to therapy.