Gwyn Williams

Gwyn Williams

Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
CARDIFF
CF11 9LP

07533 496568

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Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
CARDIFF
CF11 9LP

07533 496568

About me

We can sometimes get to a place where we feel stuck, unable to see past our distress, whether that be anxiety, sadness, fear or anger. By gently opening out to and allowing in feelings that we may be avoiding, such as fear, sadness, anxiety, shame or other forms of distress, we can start to move through difficulty.

By turning to distress, rather than away from it, and staying with difficulties in a creative way, we can often feel a space emerging to express our feelings in a way that can lead to real changes in our lives. By coming into contact with our inner selves, we can enter into the flow of life again.

I hold a non-judgmental and calm space with compassion at the heart of what I do, so that you can explore difficulties in a way that feels supportive and freeing. 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 techniques with psychotherapeutic techniques with a client's well-being at the heart of the approach.

We can transform emotional pain or difficulties, not by avoiding them, but by talking about them, and facing them with kindness and sensitivity, and fully acknowledging any distress we may be feeling. By deepening into our internal pain, we can come to a new understanding of ourselves that can be freeing and offer space and growth.

With 20 years' experience in teaching adults in a wide variety of settings, I have been counselling for 5 years as my own therapeutic journey has deepened and taken on a more central part in my life. In addition to a private practice, I have volunteered with Cruse Bereavement, and Mind Cymru. I currently also volunteer as a counsellor specialising in HIV/AIDS, with Terrence Higgins Trust.

It's really important that you feel comfortable with a therapist you choose, so 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: awareness@gwyncounselling.co.uk

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

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

£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.

Further information

'We can hardly bear to look. The shadow may carry the best of the life we have not lived. Go into the basement, the attic, the refuse bin. Find gold there. Find an animal who has not been fed or watered. It is you ! This neglected, exiled animal, hungry for attention, is a part of your self.' - Marion Woodman

'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')

'If we touch the truth of suffering with our mindfulness, we will be able to recognize and identify our specific suffering, its specific causes, and the way to remove those causes and end our suffering.' - Thich Nhat Hanh

Maps & Directions

CARDIFF, CF11 9LP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday and Wednesday evenings Tuesday mornings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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