Welcome to Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy

Liz Bunting, Child PsychotherapistWhen you peer into a Kaleidoscope you will see a pattern of colours due to a mirroring or reflection. The mirrors duplicate this image of colourful patterns and the image changes as the tube is turned. The Greek meaning for Kaleidoscope is “observer of beautiful forms” and personal psychotherapy is an opportunity to observe, explore and reflect in a safe environment your thoughts, perception and behaviors which may currently causes stress or anxiety. Then you will become able to see more clearly what choices you want to make and how is it possible to change, without judgment from others and with the support of your psychotherapist, thereby observing and experiencing the beautiful forms of life.

Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy is an established psychotherapy practice based in two locations for ease of access Hale, near Manchester and Utkinton, Cheshire. Liz Bunting is qualified as an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and specialises in providing psychotherapy for young people and teenagers to explore and express themselves in a consistent, emotionally safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.
Liz has experience working with children from age 4 up through into adulthood, usually on a one to one basis though at times, depending on the nature of the issue, it is important for the one or several family members to become more aware or involved in the therapeutic process.

My son felt safe with Liz and respected her expertise. This was very important.

It is important to be aware that there may be times when it feels as if the problem becomes exaggerated before it improves, this is a natural part of the process and being aware that this may happen and engaging with regular psychotherapy sessions will support you and your child through this time.

There are times in a young person’s life where they may find an event particularly troubling confusing or stressful. There are also natural transitional times throughout childhood and adolescence that cause excessive worry, anxiety and panic attacks.

Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy uses a variety of theoretical approaches and methods to develop a personalised course of psychotherapy to suit each individual need and preference.

These include Sandtray, Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, in addition to talking therapies and incorporating cognitive behaviour therapy. These address issues including social, emotional, relational, attachment and behavioural problems.

How stress affects our brain

Trauma and extreme stress inhibits learning whilst mild to moderate stress stimulates neural growth. This is important to an individual’s ability to adapt to their environment and cope with everyday stressors. The development of the brain coping systems occurs predominantly during infancy (Schore, 2001) and so is significantly influenced by the infant’s relationship with their primary caregivers. This primary relationship may be healthy and well developed with certain traumatic events or disturbances throughout life which may result in this coping capacity becoming impaired. This becomes particularly manifest when a person is faced with environmental demands that call for strategies to adapt to changing circumstances.

Liz has been fantastic in helping her getting back on her feet through the support, and therapeutic techniques she has taught her.

When life becomes especially stressful or a particular traumatic event occurs whether this is during infancy, childhood, adolescence or adulthood, individuals resort to coping in various ways. One way is to disconnect with what is happening and carry on regardless. Dissociation is a disconnection to feelings and thoughts causing stress. The opposite of dissociation is integration and this is one goal of psychotherapy – this is a connection to the feelings and thoughts causing stress, exploring the underlying causes with the support of and in the safety of a therapeutic relationship. For more information about the integration of psychotherapy and neuroscience see allanschore.com

The image of the brain was created to symbolise how psychotherapy offers another opportunity for the brain to respond in a similar way to how it grows and develops during infancy. Professor of Psychology & Clinical Psychologist, Louis Cozolino states, “the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one’s experiences” Amongst other functions, the right brain is centrally involved in the control of vital functions such as supporting survival and enabling the organism (the body or being) to cope with stress. For these capacities to develop and mature requires experience and this is embedded in our environment and the interpersonal relationships we have with others, which can significantly influence and shape brain development in both negative and positive ways.

To find out more about the services provided by Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy, please email or phone to book an initial assessment session. This is an opportunity to find out more and decide if therapy is right for you and if so which route you choose. It is also an opportunity for you to meet with Liz Bunting and decide if she is the right Child Psychotherapist for you. This is important as the trusting relationship between you and your psychotherapist is an important factor in the success of the therapeutic process.

Liz is a provider for AVIVA and WPA for clients who have private health insurance.

Reg UKCP. BACP. EAGALA

Liz completed her Psychology degree in 2007 and has seven years clinical experience working with children, young people and adults, her psychotherapy practice has taken place in various settings including with ChildLine/NSPCC, in both primary and secondary schools, with Place 2 Be, as part of a NHS Primary Mental Health Team and with charity Beacon Counselling based in Bramhall, Stockport.

As a personal interest and as a way of gaining some experience, Liz began to train as a telephone counsellor with ChildLine, continuing with her voluntary work for three years, taking many calls from children and young people. The personal stories she listened to made her realize there was more work she wanted to become involved in. She began her psychotherapy training and gaining experience, specializing in child and adolescent work.

For the last seven years Liz has worked face to face with children, young people and adults finding the work truly rewarding. By listening closely to your story enables both therapist and client to explore and share an understanding of your experiences in life, in the present and past, finding solutions to issues and facilitating growth and enlightenment in your future.

Liz Bunting holds Professional public liability Insurance and has completed CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) enhanced clearance in order to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Liz holds membership with and abides by the ethical principles and codes of conduct of the following organizations: UKPC, BACP, EAGALA & NGP.

  • UKCP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor
  • Qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
  • Bacp Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
  • EAGALA Certified Practitioner

Locations

The Hale Village Therapy Centre

210a Ashley Road

Hale

Altrincham

Cheshire WA15 9SN

and:

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Outdoor Clinic Utkinton

Utkinton EAP Outdoor Clinic

CW6 0LA

Contact Details

Tel: 07970 920 805

Email: liz@kaleidoscopepsychotherapy.co.uk




Main Counselling Services

  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • Young Adults (up to age 25)

Issues Worked With

  • Abuse – emotional, physical & sexual
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Exclusion from school
  • Forced marriage
  • Grief & loss
  • Imprisonment of family members
  • Loneliness
  • Looked after children or in foster care
  • Low confidence & self esteem
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress
  • Trouble sleeping


Liz Bunting is an EAGALA Certified Professional. With 4,500 members in 50 nations, EAGALA Certified Professionals help people change their lives by practicing


The EAGALA Model: The Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development. EAGALA Certified Professionals complete a rigorous training program, commit to evidence-based client solutions, utilize an exclusive team approach and operate with a strong code of ethics.


Liz Bunting with Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy is part of The EAGALA Network of more than 4,500 Mental Health Professionals and Equine Specialists in 50 countries. EAGALA professionals are trained and credentialed to offer The EAGALA Model exclusively to their clients. Horses are uniquely sensitive to the feelings of those around them and respond in ways which reflect aspects of ourselves and our relationships.

The EAGALA Model is an innovative, ethical set of best practices that builds on the human/horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives.