Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
I offer a mindfulness based psychotherapy that aims to help you to come to a clearer understanding of yourself, by focussing on your emotions in a way that is kind and compassionate.
By gently opening out to and allowing in feelings that you may be avoiding, such as fear, sadness, anxiety or any form of distress or depression, you can notice where you might be feeling stuck in your life.
Working creatively and showing curiosity in areas that feel distressing can be a powerful way of working in order to give yourself more space in your life and re-think how it is to be you.
Because this work can be very challenging, I take care to create a non-judgmental, safe and calm environment so that you can explore difficulties in a way that feels supportive and compassionate.
I am qualified as a humanistic counsellor, and I am now currently following a masters in mindfulness psychotherapy at Karuna Institute. This integrates Buddhist mindfulness with western psychotherapeutic techniques with a client's well-being at the heart of its ethos.
Although mindfulness is considered quite a new approach, it is actually thousands of years old and the Buddha could be seen as a contemporary psychologist in many ways. Of course, you don't need to be a Buddhist, or even interested in Buddhism, for the work to be effective for you.
I believe that wellness is inherent to our very being, and that we are not 'fixed' to our identity as it is. I think this offers a powerful means to touch into our difficult places, and feel self-acceptance and the potential to be in the world in a way that we choose.
As a humanistic existentialist counsellor, I believe that we all have the potential to self-actualise, to live a life that is more in alignment with who we feel we are, naturally. At some point in our lives we may have lost our way, possibly through taking in external messages, resulting in a 'tuning out' of our inner being, which could have led to a kind of inauthentic way of living. By coming into contact with our inner selves, we can enter into the flow of life again.
A humanistic existentialist approach also assumes that there are four givens in life:
- We are inherently alone as we search for meaning in life.
- Anxiety is a natural part of life, and cannot be separated from the process of being alive.
- We always have a choice in how we respond to life's circumstances.
- Death is an inevitablity, and fully acknowledging this can enrich our capacity to give meaning to our lives.
With 20 years' experience in education, I have been counselling for 5 years as my own therapeutic journey has deepened and taken on a more central part in my life. I resource myself through yoga, spending time in nature and meditation.
If you would like to contact me, I would suggest we meet for an initial fee of £20 for one hour, so that you can see if you would like to work with me as a therapist. Then, we would meet weekly at £40 an hour.
Tel: 07533 496568 / 02920 192157 email: email@example.com
Training, qualifications & experience
2016-2020 - MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy
2015: MBACP - Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2011-2015 - Foundation Degree in Humanistic Existentialist Counselling - Vale and Glamorgan College
2015: Private Practice, Natural Health Clinic
2013: Counsellor - Mind
2011: Counsellor - Cruse Bereavement
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
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality 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
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
£40 for a 60 minute session.
The first session will be at a reduced rate of £20, to see what therapy with me would be like, and to go through a contract and assessment. This is because it is really important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you work with.
'The project of psychotherapy is to support us in retrieving lost pieces of ourselves. It welcomes us back into our emotional bodies, helping us experience our connectedness to self and other humans.' - Nick Totton ('Wild Therapy')
'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.' - Stephen Batchelor ('Buddhism Without Beliefs')
'Practice is not about changing what we do so much as being very observant and experiencing what's going on with us. Awareness is our true self; it's what we are. So we don't have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We're either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we're doing something else. The mark of mature students is that most of the time, they don't do something else. They're just here, living their life. Nothing special.' - Charlotte Joko Beck ('Nothing Special. Living Zen')
'Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.' - Rumi
'Sitting on a rock looking at the scenery when a storm is brewing. Clinging to an icy mountain ledge when the only way to safety is to keep going. Staying in the corner of a room on fire when the only way out to safety is through the flaming door.' Therapy metaphors by Marsha Lineham
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday and Wednesday evenings Tuesday mornings
Types of client