Dr Emma HaynesCounselling and Psychotherapy for Winchester

I provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples who are struggling with life in either a social, relational, or professional capacity. I have experience working with many difficulties, such as addiction, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and chronic pain or fear after serious injury. I enjoy helping clients who have suffered either psychological or physical trauma. For these clients I work both psychologically and relationally with an emphasis on the body as I believe that this is often where the trauma is manifested.

I specialise in perinatal mental illness, and I am currently in the last months of a PhD. My research is on treating perinatal mental illness using Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. I find this works well with women struggling with their transition to being a mother, particularly women coping with stress, anxiety or depression. I also see women who have a fear of childbirth, sometimes because of a previous traumatic birth. Another area I work in is infertility. My passion is also about human bonding, whether it be working with couples and parents who are struggling to bond with their babies and children or helping couples through difficulties, by placing emphasis on the importance of bonding within the relationship. My belief is that bonding is a fundamental human need throughout life, and utterly crucial for the wellbeing of a baby not just in the short term, but for the rest of its life. I am committed to adding to research about the antenatal and postnatal period and the long term effects this can have on an infant. I am particularly interested in researching any element of perinatal mental illness.

I aim to enable clients to begin to find out who they really are, working with them to enhance their life choices and helping them through whatever it is that has had a negative impact on their lives. I help couples navigate towards the best outcome for their particular situation. I have experience working as a Family Mediator with couples, although I no longer offer this as a service.

The biggest joy in my work is to see a client regain their mojo and begin to improve their self worth, enhancing the way they feel about themselves and others and also enabling them to achieve greater success in their working lives, their relationships, their chosen sport and their personal lives.

Please get in touch if you have any queries or wish to make an appointment.

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