Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
I hold an empathic, non-judgemental, and open space where you are supported on your journey of self discovery and transformation, discovering how it is to be you. I use mindfulness combined with psychotherapeutic techniques to help you come to a better understanding of your emotional processes in order to be able to make more effective choices for yourself.
I encourage you to sit with difficult feelings and stay with those feelings and come into a deeper understanding of yourself. By developing curiosity and compassion for yourself as you enquire into your distress, you can make different decisions and develop deeper compassion for yourself and others.
I work at depth with you and help you to look at the root of your emotional distress in whatever form it takes, so that you are more aware of your life scripts and habitual responses to situations, that may no longer serve you. Working this way is creative and empowering, challenging you to consider making different choices for yourself and stepping into new territory with awareness. With this kind of awareness, change becomes possible. Ensuring that you work with compassion for yourself, and at a pace that feels right for you, it can become more possible to approach feelings of sadness, fear and anger in a flexible, non-critical way.
I feel that it is only by stepping into new situations that you can experiment with any limiting beliefs and make meaningful changes in your life. Although this involves in-depth work, the results of working this way are exciting and potentially life-changing, as you commit to making changes to your life scripts. I bear witness as you track your changing life patterns and encourage you to map out new territory for yourself.
I am currently following a masters in Core Process Psychotherapy, which integrates Buddhist mindfulness with Western psychotherapeutic approaches. The approach focusses on my being able to hold a therapeutic space so that you can go deeper into yourself and allow your emotions to be heard. I don't judge any feelings, and believe that expressing a complex mix of feelings and emotions concerning life events can bring clarity, space and self-compassion.
The core process approach also acknowledges the importance of the therapeutic relationship, because what happens in the therapy room can often be paralleled in some ways in your life outside the room. Because of the challenges that are an inherent part of therapeutic relationship and journey, I ensure that the space is compassionate and non-judgemental, and I work sensitively and respectfully with your material.
Before starting the masters, I completed a degree in Humanistic Existentialist counselling, which was BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited. An existentialist approach assumes that you always have choices in life, and also have the power to choose how to respond to life's challenges. One area of existentialist therapy I find compelling is taking complete responsibility: no matter what experiences you have faced in the past, you can choose differently and make real changes in how you relate to life events, and shape your life now and in the future.
I have been counselling for 5 years, and I have also worked in Further and Higher Education for 20 years; my life is becoming an increasingly therapeutic one, through my own therapeutic journey. 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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday and Wednesday evenings Tuesday mornings
Types of client