Richard is an experienced, intuitive UKCP registered Psychotherapist. He offers NLP and Hypnosis based coaching / therapy. Call now for a free chat.
Welcome to Psychic Plumbing
Hello, my name is Richard Evans-Lacey, welcome to my profile. I hope you find the content interesting and that it gives you a bit of a feel for who I am and how I work. If you like what you see and have any questions or would like a chat about how we could work together then please get in contact.
My personal philosophy and style has developed from a combination of extensive formal training, an enquiring mind and an experimental approach.
I have the following recognized qualifications, training and memberships:
- UKCP registered Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist
- Accredited member of the Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counseling Association (NLPtCA)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt)
- Double Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Classical and Emergent NLP
- Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy) trained to Master level
- Time Line Therapy trained to Master level
- Specialist training in Metaphor Therapy / Clean Language
Why psychic plumbing?
Psychic plumbing is a potent metaphor for the networks of relationships that shape our lives. The pipes are the connections between us and others: us and our ancestors, friends, and lovers; us and ourselves; us and the world, us and life. The water in the pipes is the flow of ideas, emotion and energy exchanged between us. When our psychic plumbing is straight enough, wide enough and well connected our communications are direct and clear, our relationships are healthy, we have plenty of energy, and we are in the flow of life.
Unfortunately life experiences have damaged most people’s plumbing. We tie ourselves in knots by deciding things like ‘I’m not like my mum / dad’, ‘I don’t care’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘this can’t be happening’, etc. These mental and emotional blocks stop cause pressure to develop, the pressure causes stress, and stress leads to leaks. Rather than allow these leaks to flood our awareness and overwhelm us with emotion we plug them with improvised coping strategies. These can include distancing ourselves from our family, maintaining needy relationships, keeping ourselves busy, avoiding conflict, seeking approval, or becoming anxious, addicted, detached, depressed, ill, etc, etc. Today’s coping strategy becomes tomorrow’s problem.
I believe that emotional discomfort, difficulty in life, relationship discord and the symptoms of physical dis-ease are all signposts that can point us toward the deeper root causes. The approaches I use can be effective for all issues with a psychological component including
For some clients this is their first experience of therapy or coaching, others may have been working on themselves for so long that they are becoming somewhat jaded. In all cases the results that we achieve are dependent on our ability to work together as a team. To the extent that you are honest, curious and willing to change I am confident that you will get what you really want.
- Generally high levels of 'negative' emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, guilt, grief, dread, anxiety, loneliness and jealousy
- Self limiting beliefs such as "I'm not good enough", "I'm a failure", "I'm bad", "I can't ..."
- Reactions such as panic attacks, phobias, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, fear of public speaking
- Relationship with life events including bereavement, post-traumatic stress and recovery from physical and sexual abuse
- General negative states of being such as depression, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, workplace stress, internal conflict and lack of direction
- Addictions (giving up cigarettes or drugs), compulsions such as OCD
- Food related issues such as weight loss, anorexia and bulimia
- Relationship issues in the family, at work or at home including sexual relationships
- Some clients find therapy has the side-effect of helping alleviate 'physical' illnesses such as IBS, skin complaints, back problems, selective deafness and postural issues
My personal philosophy
I start from the position that, at the highest level, everything is good, true and beautiful. To the extent that we are not experiencing this in our day to day lives then we must be experiencing some kind of distorted view of the world: we are confused about reality.
The state of confusion has come to mean being bewildered or perplexed but its original meaning is to be mingled together. I hypothesize that all distortion and suffering is due to the mingling of our energy with the energy of others. When we become emotionally fused with (unhealthily attached to) others we loose our core sense of who we are and our ability to do what we want. Tensions and pressures that are created between us. The prescription for confusion is simple: let go of all energy that does not belong to us and accept back all energy that does.
In sessions I work with clients to identify and separate from any metaphorical thing that doesn't belong to or serve them. These can be inside the body such as other people's emotions and beliefs (usually mixed up with their own), racing thoughts in the head or anxious knots in the stomach; or outside such as black clouds above, constrictive bands around or heavy weights across the shoulders. The complement to this is the work to reconcile and re-unite those aspects of a client that have become separate. These too can be inside the body such as bottled up emotions or the contents of boredom, emptiness or emotional black holes (repression); or outside such as defensive shields, bubbles, prison cells and observing positions (dissociation).
As you come back to yourself you become more healthy, confident, effective and attractive because there is more of you living life in the here and now.
Our sessions together
I usually work face to face with clients for about 1.5 hours per session. I can also work remotely utilising Skype or the telephone.
Rather than working to a prescriptive structure or script I prefer to let each session find its own natural rhythm and flow. Rather than 'talking about' your problems I will support and guide you as you face them and get to the bottom of them. Rather than papering over the cracks with further coping strategies we will aim to find and resolve the causes of the stresses that led to the cracks appearing in the first place. My direct approach often enables very deep work to be done in a brief timescale.
Every session is different but may well include some modeling ("And whereabouts in your stomach is that knot?", "And when you see a bird, then what happens?); dialoguing ("And if Fred was here now ... what would you like to be able to say to him?"); time line work ("Imagine floating way up above your life ... and back to the first time that it ever happened ..."); spatial work ("Move to a space in the room that knows about ..."); visualization ("And if you were to imagine being there now ..."); technique learning (such as 'ha' breathing, meridian tapping or peripheral vision).
During sessions I am very attentive to all my senses - especially to my sense of external feeling. This ability could be called rapport, empathy, intuition or clairsentience. I use it to sense of the emotional structures in and around a client in order to choose and pace my communications.
Time and money
I work flexible hours from 8am to 8pm most week days and occasionally at weekends. We should be able to find a mutually convenient time to work together.
Our first 30 minute telephone or face-to-face consultation is absolutely free.
My standard session rate is £110 for 90 minutes or £95 for 70 minutes payable in advance.
To start us off I offer the first three sessions for the price of two.
Most clients then choose to pay for blocks of seven sessions. To reward this commitment I offer seven sessions for the price of six.
My space in East London
I practice from my home office in One Bartholomew Square, Bethnal Green, East London E1 5PH.
It is a 3 minute walk from Bethnal Green overground station (from Liverpool Street station), a 4 minute walk from Bethnal Green Underground station (Central line) and a 7 minute walk from Whitechapel underground station (District, Hammersmith & City and East London lines).
For your peace of mind
The following structures are in place to ensure the quality of my work and your safety and well being:
- I adhere to the NLPtCA's code of ethics
- I am professionally supervised
- I am fully insured
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy
Double certified Master Practitioner of NLP
Master of Time Line Therapy
Specialist in Clean Language and Metaphor Therapy
Hypnotherapist, Life Coaching, NLP, Psychotherapy, Time Line Therapy