A new centre for psychotherapy opens at The SPACE at St John’s Notting Hill
Headed by Virginia Mallin, counsellors at The SPACE will be offering professional psychotherapy services for adults and young people. A recent survey by the UK Council for Psychotherapy highlights the increasing importance of mental wellness in our lives where three out of four people in the UK receive no guidance on their emotional well-being.
Virginia says “therapy provides a safe space to help explore thoughts and feelings and relationships, linking past experiences with present behaviour, and bringing understanding which can help make significant changes in people’s lives.
The therapeutic process of ‘searching within’ often brings about fundamental change, and allows a deeper sense of connectedness and growth, helping each of us to be our truer selves. I think working in The SPACE will be very well suited to psychotherapy as there is commonality of ethos in seeking to enhance emotional health and well-being.”
“Apart from offering a dedicated space for professional psychotherapists to practice The SPACE will be developing stronger links to the local community”, says Parish priest The Vicar, Dr William Taylor. “We will have a ‘social kitchen’ to help teach people the value of healthy balanced eating, we can use the focal point of our splendidly restored organ to attract the best classical musicians, alongside supporting ensembles, cinema and exhibitions. Our new kitchens can cater for children’s parties or private functions and we can embrace important community and not for profit groups like the NCT by providing them with a modern and comfortable venue for their classes. We also want to encourage local business and government bodies to use our state of the art meeting rooms for workshops, committees and interviews.”
Inclusive and nurturing
Mark Stimpfig, who is coordinating the marketing of The SPACE on behalf of St John’s, said he hoped that “the wider community would come and see the how expansive and flexible the new facilities are on 6th May. The month-long Notting Hill MayFest which starts on 1st May will allow plenty of opportunity for viewings of The SPACE in action. We are also most grateful for the levels of support that we have received from charitable bodies and private donors to create all of this, and we now hope that we can repay their investment by creating an inclusive and nurturing environment for the community.”
Virginia Mallin, BA, Adv Dip Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF), FPC, UKCP, has extensive professional experience offering psychotherapy in private practice for adults and young people. In addition, she has worked as media liaison consultant for her graduate body (FPC), counselled within the NHS in primary care, worked as consultant psychotherapist at The Priory's Eating Disorders Unit, co-managed a young person's counselling centre for the London Borough of Ealing, and provided a therapy service for a leading girls' comprehensive school. She has extensive specialist experience of adolescent issues including treating eating disorders and other forms of self-harm. She is also consultant psychotherapist for an educational website aimed at parents of young children. She is passionate about developing emotional literacy and education for parents, teachers, and children.
‘General Election 2015 – Putting Psychotherapy in the Picture’, published 10th April 2015 by the UK Council for Psychotherapy http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/news/general-election-2015-%E2%80%93-putting-psychotherapy-in-the-picture
For more information on The SPACE at St John’s please contact Mark Stimpfig email@example.com or on 07976 709089 or go to the St John’s Church Notting Hill web site http://www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/ For more information on the Notting Hill MayFest 2015 please go to the dedicated web site www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk.
St John the Evangelist is a Church of England Parish within the Diocese of London and a registered Charity with religious and community objects in 1821. St John’s Church in Ladbroke Grove was completed in 1845 to designs by the architectural partnership of John Hargrave Stevens and George Alexander. It was listed grade II in April 1969, and is situated in the Royal London Borough of Kensington’s Ladbroke Grove Conservation Area.
The restoration of the organ at St John’s, which included an extensive series of related community activities, was funded by a £373,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £75,000 raised through individuals and organisations more info at www.stjohnsorganproject.com.
The majority of funding for The SPACE at St John’s is from the Landfill Communities Fund. The Fund lets waste companies retain part of their Landfill Tax bill so it can be awarded to community and environmental projects. Viridor Credits Environmental Company has awarded £168,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £42,305 through the Fund. Both the Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust donated £10,000, and other donors and sponsors have provided £118,000 of funding.