Marie-Louise Rolfe Bsc (Hons) Dip C, MBACP BPS
01726 73235 / 07957 22 40 84
I am an experienced, qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, whose aim is to provide a safe environment, to promote professionalism, awareness and healthy contact and to help people to reach their true personal potential within their own environment.
My holistic approach to the therapeutic relationship is one of openness and simplicity. I specialise in working with people who experience difficulties with bouts of depression (including post natal depression affecting both partners), health and fertility issues, low self-confidence and low self self image, bereavement, anger management, anxiety, abuse, stress management. Whether the cause be by major and traumatic life changes, such as divorce, loss of job or career, major life change or loss of any kind, including close relationship (couples, family, children) or by issues that we come across in our daily lives such as not coping with life in the way we would like to; I can help you to address your issues in order for you to break out of the old patterns of destructive behaviour and move forward.
The first session is about identifying what is needed and how we can best work together. I usually recommend 6 sessions sessions with a review at the end of the 6th session but sometimes more or less is needed.
I use creative ways to aid the individual to express themselves where appropriate. This enables my clients to walk out with a whole set of new tools to use in their everyday lives. I believe the intuitive, empathic relationship between therapist and client is the most healing part of working together and so it is important for the client to trust their instinct when choosing a therapist.
I use gentle challenge and support to promote release of old patterns and creation of new ones, depending on the clients needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a masters in Psychotherapy, an honours degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling, a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, an NLP Business Practitioners Certificate, a Diploma in Reflexology, Practitioners Certificate in Shiatsu, Diploma in Spiritual healing, Certificate in PSYCH-K and Reiki 1 as well as certificates in CBT and integrative therapy.
For the past 15 years I have spent from 20 - 30 hours per year with continued professional development to maintain and broaden my skills. These include Visualisation, PSYCH-K, Spiritual healing, Meditation and Relaxation workshops, NLP and CBT workshops, Sand Play, Art Therapy, Psychodynamic short and long term therapy clinics, Thai Chi, Mirror Work and enhanced Gestalt Chair work. I am currently volunteering with an Equine Assisted therapy Centre in order to become qualified as an Equine Assisted Therapist. Horses as well as dogs are one of the only animals who obviously mirror the behaviour of humans. Through working with horses, I will be healing the person through self realisation, working with the natural trust that horses give and openess that is generated from this over time.
I run a private clinic and group meditations and sound therapy sessions in St Austell.
My experience ranges from anxiety related issues (generalised anxiety), family related issues, depression, the needs for refocusing and help for life direction, career transitions, to working with mental illness such as acute/chronic manic depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and so on. I have worked extensively and creatively with people who have become ill physically as a manifestation of a mental breakdown. I have specialised in working with people who suffer from stress due to their working environment. There is much disengagement and stress with many people right now at work and this is an area that I have helped with continuously over the past 15 years in London and in Cornwall, both areas showing different types of stresses but fundamentally showing the same outcome. This can sometimes reveal itself in a sudden skin eruption or a more bodily feeling of being ill in some way. In these cases I have often found that there is no medical diagnosis but to work with the physical pain and watch it gradually go away.
My main models of training being in Psychology and Gestalt Therapy, I work with individuals or couples (couples counselling) on a long or short term basis here and now approach, modelled on each individuals specific needs. I am also a qualified NLP Business practitioner and Executive Coach which I integrate into sessions or use in isolation, depending on what is required. I am also experienced in Occupational and Body Mind Therapy as well as in Shiatsu and Reflexology.
I use all of these influences to help my clients to acquire techniques to apply in everyday life that help them to support themselves.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Many people who come to me have physical issues such as ME, Migraine and Tinnitus and I often find that these go away in time with the self awareness that comes with changing our thought patterns and therefore releasing blockages which have built up in the body.
The way we think creates our experiences and by making changes to our thinking patterns, we can change our experiences." Our unchecked emotions are often responsible for dis-ease that we create in our bodies: Emotions such as Criticism, Anger, Guilt and Resentment. I can help you manage these emotions and create wonderful positive change in your life.
I am also an experienced mentor and executive coach who uses an integration of PSYCH-K, Meditation, Relaxation techniques, Sound Healing, Psychotherapy, Psychometrics and Emotional Intelligence assessments in order to aid the individual to move forward with their lives at work or at home.
A popular coaching session which involves a psychometric assessment, report and 1 hour phone consultation has helped many people comes to terms with their work whether it be a career transition, or developing themselves in their current role.
What makes this coaching unique is the holistic approach towards the combination of emotional and cognitive challenges.
Support and guidance is given and the aim is to promote awareness and productivity.
Emphasis is placed on finding out what exactly the client is trying to achieve and helping the client to engage in that process.
Workshops in Meditation, Art Therapy and Visualization are now available.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Equine therapy
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
My sessions for Counselling are 1 hour long and I charge from £45 per session for individual therapy and £55 per sesssion for couples therapy. I offer concessions and can be referred through Pru Health and Cigna amongst others. The first session is to identify what you would like to achieve from our sessions together and then we propose a framework to make that happen.
My sessions for Career Transition or generalised coaching are 1 hr - 1 1/2hours long and can be done by telephone or face to face. Fees are negotiable and start from £55 per session. 1-6 sessions is usually all that is required and psychometric tools can be used initially with a full report produced.
I have the means to see people from my clinic in Cornwall in St Austell Bay Business Park, St Austell. My referrals
come from GPs, Clinics, Devon and Cornwall Police, the NHS and from people referring themselves. Feel free to view my websites for more information on counselling in Cornwall: www.marielouisewhitehead.co.uk www.reachyrpotential.com
I am currently setting up a CIC (community interest company) called Rolfington Rescue, a wellbeing centre in Bodmin, Cornwall, working with animals (horses, dogs, rabbit and guinea pigs) to help people. Self esteem workshops will be available, alongside counselling and Psychotherapy as well as weekly Thai Chi sessions for the elderly.
The website for Rolfington Rescue is www.rolfingtonrescue.co.uk
For more information or to make an enquiry, please contact me by email email@example.com or by phone:
01726 73235 / 07957 22 40 84.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm.