Psychotherapy & Counselling for Women by Skype, Zoom, FaceTime & Phone


Experience of abuse and violence against women has been widely evidenced by the current coverage in the press.  As women, we can still experience covert and/or overt institutionalised sexism where some men seem to take advantage of their position to sexually exploit women and girls in this society.  In some other societies women’s position seems even worse, for example, with female genital mutilation. Hopefully more public awareness will help to eradicate chauvinistic and cruel practices like this.  Both historically and cross-culturally, women’s position has been disadvantaged, but it has been changing, albeit slowly.  The main culprits of women’s oppression and of causes of injustice to women have been principally men, as supported by the official UK statistics.  Approximately one in every five women has been sexually abused in childhood and most adult perpetrators have been men and most victims have been women.  This all means that there are many women who are holding onto a lot of trauma and emotional difficulties and often they don’t come for help.  I have frequently had clients in their 70s or 80s who had a life time of trauma and abuse and haven’t felt able to seek help from counselling in their younger years because of  oppressive and alienating societal values.  Women who have come to see me have often felt ashamed or embarrassed to engage in therapy  and, as part of this, have felt that they should really get on with things - move on - have a stiff upper lip, etc., that they should not be having therapy.   There has been a trans-generational pressure for women to keep quiet, but with the feminist movement in particular, women have been gradually finding their voice.

In the UK women only obtained equal rights to vote in the early 20th century.  Women are still receiving less pay for performing the same jobs as men.  It has been reported in the press that older women tend to be more discriminated against in the workplace on the grounds of age than men of the same age (e.g. Olenka Frenkiel’s article, where she says, ‘The BBC: I saw guys my age thriving. Women were gone.  I, too, was being rubbed out.’ in The Guardian on 8.11.14).  Women working as house wives or mothers do not get paid or recognised for this and the government seems to be pushing them to go to work, thus devaluing the importance of motherhood and substituting this with child care, which is also underpaid and mostly carried out by women.  Of course, there are also many women who choose to go back to work soon.  Although parental rights have been granted by employers, in reality working women with children often face indirect discrimination by employers and might be considered as ‘problematic’ e.g. when a child gets ill.  All of these and many other historical, social, economic and political pressures and conflicting views have led to potential emotional difficulties for women.

Over the last decades, to be successful in the work place, women have had to adopt in large part a ‘male dominant ideology’ such as the stiff upper lip.  To show sensitivity and to be  more vulnerable is seen as being weak.  This ‘male identification’ seems to be out of synch with many women’s natural tendencies, particularly if the person (actually, either a woman or a man) is very sensitive and this then potentially contributes to long term emotional difficulties.

Having said all of this, clearly there are liberal men who support and understand women’s issues and indeed these men have been actively helping to improve the emotional well-being of both women and of men and of course, some women contribute towards the oppression of both women and men. Women and men both experience the same range and intensity of feelings and therapy can help us become more emotionally expressive and freer to make positive choices in our lives and thus improve our overall emotional and psychological well-being.

I have a long and wide ranging experience of working with difficulties pertinent to women in my work in the NHS, privately and in the voluntary sector.  I offer counselling/psychotherapy from my consulting room in Seaton, east Devon & over the phone and with Skype anywhere in the world - I accept payments through Paypal for foreign residents. 

I work with the following psychological and emotional difficulties:

- high levels of anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive and compulsive behaviours;

- chronic low mood, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence;

-self-harming behaviours (including over-eating, under-eating, physical self-harm);

- not feeling able to leave a dysfunctional or violent relationship and experiencing intense fear and/or anger and rage;

- childhood trauma, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect;

-  effects of bullying;

-  adulthood trauma, including sexual exploitation, rape, domestic violence and emotional abuse within relationships;

- childbearing, pregnancy, terminations of pregnancy, pregnancy losses, choosing not to have children but feeling pressurised to have them;

- ageing, losses including loss of one’s physical health.



 I, Michael Friedrich, provide psychotherapy & counselling for couples who are experiencing some difficulties in their relationship. I provide this couple / marital psychotherapy in our consulting room in East Devon and through Skype and Facetime. 

We offer Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision from our consulting room in Seaton, for East Devon, West Dorset, South Somerset and worldwide by Skype. Michael  provides an Individual and Couple Therapy service and supervision for psychotherapists & counsellors in Exeter for one day a week. In addition to individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Michael offers Couple / Relationship Counselling and he provides Continuing Professional Development Training to psychotherapists and counsellors. Monika provides the additional service of EMDR Therapy, which can be helpful with trauma and phobias. Are you experiencing difficulties with your relationship? Are you feeling depressed or generally upset? Do you get to feel overwhelmed by anxiety, stress or panic attacks? Are you dealing with painful feelings due to loss or bereavement? Have you had a recent change in your life leading to stressful feelings? Do you have difficult feelings around adoption? Do you have painful feelings due to emotional, sexual or physical abuse in childhood? Do you think that you and your partner might benefit from couple counselling? Are you suffering from painful feelings due to separation or divorce? Are issues around your sexuality or sexual problems concerning you? Are you struggling with strong feelings such as irritability, guilt or envy? Do you feel frustrated because you cannot become who you really are? Are you bothered by feelings of worthlessness, low self- esteem or lack of confidence? Are you using food, drugs, alcohol or gambling in a way that's detrimental to you? Do you feel alone or isolated? Do you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Are you feeling very uncomfortable in your family or at work? Is life becoming very difficult or unbearable due to any of the above feelings or situations? Michael Friedrich provides Couple Relationship Counselling & Psychotherapy by Skype & Facetime in your own home anywhere in the world and in his consulting room in Seaton, East Devon, UK. Couple Counselling is a way in which couples can meet with someone else so that difficulties in the relationship can be diminished. We work from our consulting rooms in Seaton, Devon,  providing counselling, psychotherapy & supervision for Exeter, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton, Axminster, Chard, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Beaminster, Crewkerne, Tiverton, Dorchester, Cullompton, Tauntom, Yeovil, Ottery St Mary or Bridport. We work from our consulting rooms in Seaton, Devon,  providing counselling, psychotherapy & supervision for Exeter, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton, Axminster, Chard, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Beaminster, Crewkerne, Tiverton, Dorchester, Cullompton, Tauntom, Yeovil, Ottery St Mary or Bridport.  We provide a wide range of counselling, psychotherapy & supervision services. We can help people with the followowing  issues: depression & anxiety relationship issues, difficulties with self esteem,  problems around adoption,  substance misuse, bereavement , effects of childhood trauma, a sense of lack of meaning to life, creative & artistic struggles, professional, sexual or spiritual identity issues.  We provide Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Counselling by Skype. Skype, phone & Facetime psychoanalytic supervision.  We provide psychoanalytic and psychodynamic supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. We do this in person, in our consulting room in East Devon and by Skype, Facetime or phone for therapists working anywhere in the world. Of course it can seem difficult working with a supervisor you haven't met, but sometimes there isn't an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor working locally. If at all possible, we like to have an initial one or two face to face sessions. The theoretical model we use is psychoanalytic and psychodynamic and our preferred way of working is similar to that described in Patrick Casement's book, " On Learning from the Patient" - in other words, a modern British Object Relations approach, favouring the work of Winnicott and Bion. However, because we have worked extensively in the NHS, we are pragmatic in our approach. We consider that the central task of the supervisor is to provide a facilitative environment to assist the therapist in following the content of the client's material, both what is on  the surface and what the underlying meanings might be. We also place a strong emphasis on keeping the therapist and patient safe. This means helping the therapist to maintain a manageable caseload and also helping them with risk assessment.Please feel free to call us to have a free preliminary discussion to explore whether it might be a good enough fit. We are open to working with counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists who haven't had a formal psychodynamic or psychoanalytic training. We provide psychoanalytic & psychodynamic supervision in Seaton, Devon. We therefore provide a face to face supervision service for places like: Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Axminster, Exeter, Bridport & Chard. From September, Michael will be providing psychoanalytic and psychodynamic supervision in Exeter, therefore providing a service for surrounding areas such as: Bridport, Weymouth, Poole, Bournemouth, Yeovil, Sherborne, Wimborne, Beaminster and Blandford Forum. We also provide supervision by Skype & phone. The theoretical model we use is psychoanalytic and psychodynamic. Counselling can help sensitive people in various ways.  Sensitive people tend to be more easily hurt and troubled by difficult experiences than the rest of the population. It is therefore very common that counselling clients are highly sensitive. Psychotherapists can help highly sensitive people with these emotional difficulties resultant from being highly sensitive in what is often an abrasive and traumatising world. Also, therapists can explain to highly sensitive people that their particular temperament has a lot of advantages. This re-framing can be very useful because we live in a world where people in power are often not so sensitive and where the dominant ideology is anti - sensitive and sensitive people are often thus defined negatively I have a long and wide ranging experience of working with difficulties pertinent to men in my work in the NHS, privately and in the voluntary sector.  I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy from my consulting rooms in Exeter and in Seaton, Devon. I also work over the phone and with Skype for anywhere in the world.  Michael Friedrich I have a long and wide ranging experience of working with difficulties pertinent to women in my work in the NHS, privately and in the voluntary sector.  I offer counselling/psychotherapy from my consulting room in Seaton, east Devon & over the phone and with Skype anywhere in the world

 

 

  


Dr Monika Friedrich, C. Psychol.

Clinical Psychologist

ewpsychotherapy@gmail.com

Landline 0044 (0)1297 625006

Mobile 0044 (0)7890 556339 

11 Wessiters, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2PW