Psychologist Asser Hestbech of The Cotswold Centre For Trauma HealingAsser Hestbech BA, MA, Cand.Psych.Aut, C.Psychol., AFBPsS

Asser Hestbech is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with a wide range of experience having worked in the NHS, with private providers and in his own practice in the past. Asser is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the HCPC. He is also registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Denmark and New Zealand. He holds a diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and combines this with other approaches including Body Psychotherapy.

Asser’s Approach to Psychotherapy

Asser is very interested in psychological trauma and stress-related responses and has completed training in a range of psychological approaches to trauma including EMDR and the Bodynamic method. He works holistically and integratively in ways which seek to create meaning and facilitate change and healing from the outset. He assists the client to re-connect with their inner child and appreciate the role it plays in their life even as adults. Asser’s unique approach is simple yet powerful and enables the client to become their own therapist, bypassing the psychodynamic therapist-as-a-parent-figure. Asser’s practise combines the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with the psychodevelopmental stage model of Body Psychotherapy. He has introduced inner child work to the Cognitive-Behavioural model by developing a Twin Mode protocol, which has been published by the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

“As a practitioner and supervisor, I find that titles and academic achievements are not always a guarantee of the practitioner’s ability to connect with clients. Too often clients are met with an ‘expert’ attitude, having to accept a one-size-fits-all approach. If it does not appear meaningful to them they are inadvertently made to feel that they are not ready for change or met with an indifferent take-it-or-leave-it attitude. Some clients leave therapy feeling that ‘I’ve tried it, but it was not for me’ at best or with feelings of inferiority and hopelessness at worst. This has to do with training. I am interested in how to increase psychotherapists’ ability to connect authentically and responsively with the client, especially clients who might come for therapy with negative experiences or preconceptions of therapy.

I aspire to be a mindful, embodied practitioner, with a genuine ability to connect, creating a safe space for clients to explore their inner world/authentic self, thus facilitating natural change and healing processes. I work with centering, boundaries and grounding techniques as a natural precursor for more in-depth work. I have a strong commitment to my own personal development, having completed individual body psychotherapy, meditation and yoga for over 25 years.”

Asser welcomes clients with little or no experience of working through psychological difficulties as well as clients who would like to deepen their knowing of themselves through personal development and psychotherapy. He specialises in engaging with clients who might have ‘given up’ on psychotherapy due to previous negative or unhelpful experiences.

‘Not by ceasing to act, but by acting completely detached can we effortlessly obtain the supreme state of beatitude and enlightenment’
– Swami Ramadas

View Asser’s American Psychology Association Article


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