Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
Noticing feelings, thoughts, images, coming into the body and staying with difficulty.
I offer a humanistic existentialist therapy, inviting clients to talk about their distress, with the potential of an opening into a new understanding or awareness to be able to move through difficulty. I sit with a client as they look closely at what is going on for them, and encounter their difficulies, without reacting to their distress, but by being with what is going on. By not buying into a familiar reaction to what is happening, we can open ourselves up to the possibility of responding in another way, which can often feel like a relief. In this way, every moment of life can be an opportunity to sit with difficulty and respond differently in a way that feels more fulfilling and optimistic in terms of how we think and act to what is going on.
Working with anxiety, sadness or anger.
I work with clients who are in distress in some way, whether that be sadness, fear, depression, anxiety, anger with the hope of being able to move through difficulty. I use humanistic techniques, inviting clients to sit with their feelings, without judgement and with the client's well-being at the heart of the work. Sitting with emotional pain can be a creative opportunity to notice how we respond to distress.
I invite clients to notice their emotional distress in their body, and to deepen into that place and that experience. Acknowledging emotional pain can be an important way to recognise ourselves, and be with our authentic experience of ourselves in the present moment.
Acknowledging 'messages of self-worth' patterns developed in childhood.
Reflecting on messages of worth that might surface in therapy is also a technique that can be helpful. By sitting with messages about ourselves that we learnt as children we might develop greater awareness of what might trigger us as adults.
Four Main 'Givens' in life: freedom, aloneness, death and anxiety.
As a humanistic existential counsellor, I am interested in what brings on distress, in whatever form that manifests in, from relationship difficulties, to anger, to loneliness. An existentialist approach includes four main 'givens' in life: that every individual has the freedom to choose how they respond to difficulty, that we are all essentially alone in our quest or journey through life, that acknowledging death as inevitable has a real impact on how we live, and that anxiety is a natural part of existence.
Different Realms of Being: Physical, Social, Psychological and Spiritual.
Rather than a psychological approach, existentialist therapy is grounded in inquiring into distress in a holistic way, and sitting with our 'existential' or underlying concerns: what are my values? What changes would I like to see in my life? How am I doing in my different worlds - my psychological world, my physical world, my social world and my personal/spiritual world? An existentialist therapeutic view does not believe that there is any particular 'path' to follow or a 'right' way to live, but does believe in the power of choosing to live authentically, with passion and with meaning, whether or not 'life' has inherent meaning or not.
Paradoxes or Tensions of Existence.
Living meaningfully means we come up against existential tensions, from searching for security, to understanding the impermanence of that security; or from searching for acceptance and belonging, to seeking time alone. There may be a search for self-affirmation, and resolution on the one hand, and a surrender or yielding in the face of loss on the other. This can also bring up conflicts around hope or despair, or purpose and absurdity.
In addition to counselling for 5 years, I have been working in education for 20 years, and am currently studying a masters in psychotherapy, which focuses on mindfulness techniques, being present and noticing our inner processes. Instead of pushing feelings away, I believe that listening to what our emotions are saying, through feeling into our body - such as our heart, and our stomach, and sitting with difficult feelings, can be a creative and dynamic way of re-integrating parts of our selves that we may have distanced or become split from. This has the potential to be transformative in the potential for a shift in the way that we can grow and develop. I also enjoy yoga, meditation and spending time in nature.
Therapy is £40 for the hour's session, and we would meet weekly at the same time each week. If reading this has interested you, I would suggest that we meet for an initial fee of £20 as an introduction to see what therapy with me would be like.
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.
'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')
"The Buddha has robbed me. He has robbed me, yet he has given me something of greater value: he has given to me myself." - Herman Hesse
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Wednesday evenings Tuesday mornings
Types of client