Denise Ela MaleyIntegrative Psychotherapist

I believe in learning to trust the body’s intuition and that symptoms relating to weight and food are outer symbols of inner conflicts.

My personal experience of body image and weight issues

From early childhood, I wrestled with my body and weight following my body’s response to early puberty and emotional disturbances. I didn’t feel ‘normal’ anymore. My weight fluctuated according to how ‘well’ I learnt to cope with external life experiences and feelings - symbolised in my eating patterns. Puberty felt like an eviction from my natural home. I took flight from my new womanly body and denied myself dance classes - a creative and emotionally regulating outlet for me at the time.

This self-imposed alienation from my body was the start of a long cycle of entrapment in emotional and stress eating cycles. It was a lonely secret place that no one else knew about. Still, over time my body became a symbol for all to see and the shame of this exposure was a painful extra weight to carry. In my 20’s, the cycle became more intense when I also embarked on diets that didn’t work for me and sapped my motivation and energy. As a result, I lost purpose and meaning in my life and began to realise that I was grasping externally for what I had lost connection with deep within a long time ago.

I found myself returning to the spiritual grounding I discovered as a young girl and reconnected with the wonder I felt at the night sky, my inner world of dreams symbols and the beauty of life’s potential and purpose. I rediscovered my interest in healing and began my psychotherapy and healing practice training alongside personal psychotherapy.

I began a gentle process re-establishing a relationship with my body and its cycles. I became attentive to what it wanted to tell me, show me and to realise just how wild and neglected it had become. I realised that to honour my body, mind and soul, I need to respect its uniqueness and through my own story reveal my personal healing remedy.

Working together

I marry a holistic creative approach to my work in conjunction with an integrative psychotherapy training incorporating Jungian, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic approaches. It might be easier to consider my offer to you as sitting underneath a ‘transpersonal umbrella’. This means that I believe in the innate wisdom of the psyche (body, mind and soul) to heal itself given the opportunity and return to a state of wholeness.

I offer my clients a broad range of approaches, interweaving awareness of energy medicine tools as appropriate. As such, I can work creatively with dream symbols, guided visualisations, myth, metaphor, archetypal patterns and a holistic awareness of our embodied nature and potential blockages.

In our initial session, I’ll get a sense of your story with body and food and your best hopes for therapy. Our work together will identify unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours, underlying fear and judgement and where these may have their roots. As we engage in the work together we’ll look towards bringing to your conscious awareness inner conflict, triggers and rituals. I will support you to establish increased awareness, coping strategies and to build greater emotional resilience, self-compassion and internal integrations.

I will put all of my training and experience in service of your healing path, allowing more space and energy for your authentic self to thrive and unite mind body and soul in service to you and your higher purpose in life.

Times and Fees

My Fees

  • £80Standard Session
  • £430Block of 6 peak
  • £65Off Peak
  • 360Off peak block

Days I'm available at WeightMatters

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

I am available at additional times for remote support using

Skype
Facetime

Qualifications & Training

  • 2018 CPD Shame Shields – The Armour we use to protect ourselves
  • 2018 Postgraduate Diploma Transpersonal Couple Psychotherapy
  • 2017 CPD Shame in Organisations
  • 2017 CPD An Evening with Susie Orbach
  • 2016 Holy Isle Retreat
  • 2016 Sacral Abdominal Healing
  • 2015 Workshop: Neuroscience and Trauma
  • 2015 CPD Introduction to Energy Psychology – Working with Trauma
  • 2014 CPD Making Endings with Children
  • 2014 CPD Safeguarding
  • 2014 SOPH Annual Conference – Our Jungian Heritage in the 21st Century
  • 2013 MA & PGDip Psychotherapy amp; Healing Practice
  • 2013 Jungian Psychology Theory amp; Practice
  • 2013 Psychoanalytic Theory amp; Practice
  • 2013 Psychodynamic Theory amp; Practice
  • 2013 Dreamwork
  • 2013 Healing amp; Life Stages
  • 2013 Energy Medicine
  • 2011 Postgraduate Diploma Level 7 CIPD
  • 1998 BA French

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Associate Member of AICTP (Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals)

Services I Provide at WeightMatters

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