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.
We can sometimes tell ourselves stories that keep us stuck in a simplistic view of the past without allowing the existence of real possibilities for the future, such as new ways to reach out to others or dream big dreams. Our limiting beliefs can be like the bars of an invisible cage, trapping us in a life that is smaller than the one we could actually have. This is like being a zoo animal that is released into a large park - but still crouches within the confines of its old pen.
By gently opening out to and allowing in feelings that you may be avoiding, such as fear, sadness, anxiety, shame or other forms of distress, you can start to move through difficulty.
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.
One of the things that interests me most about Buddhist techniques is the view that our fundamental nature is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, loving and wise. Although our true nature may be hidden momentarily by stress and worry, anger and unfulfilled longings, it still continues to exist. I think that knowing this can be a great comfort. Paradoxically, it can take time to become what we already are.
By turning to distress, rather than away from it, and staying with difficulties in a creative way, clients can often feel a space emerging to express their feelings in a way that can lead to real changes in their lives. By coming into contact with our inner selves, we can enter into the flow of life again.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
'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')
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday and Wednesday evenings Tuesday mornings
Types of client