Vanessa Hedley - MBACP, PgDip
Hello and welcome.
It may well be that you are experiencing feelings, thoughts and behaviours which you are struggling to understand or find peace with. You may have tried for a long time to work with difficult things on your own or with friends, a partner or family members and have found that for some reason they're not getting easier in spite of your greatest efforts.
Often it is the case that it is within a good therapeutic relationship where you are heard without judgement in a regular time and space that is for you alone, that you will feel safe and supported enough for the shifts you are longing for to be able to begin to happen.
With many years of experience, I am trained to work in a creative, individual-focussed way to support you in shedding light on what is happening in your life, connecting more deeply with what you need and want, finding new perspectives and developing effective strategies for coping with and transforming difficult experiences in order to free yourself up to be able to enjoy life more fully.
Respect and presence are core to my work, as are calm groundedness and honesty. I value each and every person who comes to work with me and the life experience that has brought them to that point.
No matter what has happened in our lives, we each deserve to have a space where we can discuss our thoughts, emotions and actions freely, openly and in confidentiality, and find ways of moving forward that bring us relief from suffering and greater freedom, peace and happiness.
You are very welcome to call for a free phone consultation to find out more about me.
I was originally a midwife and also have experience of working in charities supporting people with life-threatening / terminal illness. I also spent several years working with refugees and asylum seekers.
I work with clients suffering the effects of early attachment disorder, trauma, isolation, loneliness, addiction (I've worked as a counsellor in two drug and alcohol rehabs) fear, depression, eating disorders, ill-health and those who have spent much of their lives feeling generally overwhelmed with what they've been presented with.
I also work as a bodywork therapist, and as a specialist mentor for students with a wide variety of difficulties at a university.
How I Work
My sessions are tailored very specifically to each client's individual needs. I use a variety of techniques and approaches during counselling:
- traditional person-centred, existential and integrative applied theory
- compassion-focussed therapy
- in-depth knowledge of attachment theory and facilitation of somatic trauma release
- up to date neurobiology
- guided relaxation
- connection in nature
- other forms of creative self-expression
As well as my more conventional, indoor integrative counselling practice, I also offer Embodied Counselling out in nature, which includes the added dimensions of support and connection from our relationship-with and experiences-in the natural world. I have included more details further down in my profile.
Training, qualifications & experience
- SATe/DARe (Somatic Attachment Training / Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) Cologne, 2016 (ongoing training)
- Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling - Masters Level (L7) (Distinction) (BACP Accredited Course) (UWL) 2010
- Certificate (Masters Level) in Somatic Dance/Movement Education (Distinction) (UCLAN) 2009
- Kahuna Bodywork Diploma - Hawaii 1996
- Mindfulness Training - Ongoing training since 2000 - MBSR, Plum Village
As a BACP member on the accredited register, I work in accordance with the ethical framework of the BACP and am committed to ongoing personal and professional development and attending regular supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- insecure attachment
- childhood abuse
- addiction/substance misuse
- eating disorders and body-image
- relationship issues
- change and transition
- depression and/or anxiety
- birth-related trauma (relating to pre- peri- or post-natal period)
- parenting issues
- crisis of all kinds
- low self-worth
- health concerns
- suicidal feelings
- spiritual matters
- work- or study-stress
- loss of meaning
- trauma and many others.
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£40 per session (50 minutes)
Counselling In Nature
"When at long last, we gaze into our own depths, we see the same kind of enchantment and resilience we see in undisturbed nature" Bill Plotkin
Whether or not we are consciously longing for a stronger sense of connection with the natural world, the experience of being outdoors; under the sky, accessible to the elements, and physically, mentally, emotionally responding to - and interacting - with the stimuli in that experience, can greatly enhance the counselling process.
The same attention to boundaries, safety and the therapeutic relationship is paid whether we are outside or in, but working together outdoors can help facilitate valuable shifts and direct positive experiences through the deepening of connection to ourselves and the wider world of landscape and other-than-human interactions.
I draw upon my experience and training in mindfulness, meditation, somatic movement and body awareness, shamanism and therapeutic use of art. These ways of working can all help cut through to what is really going on beneath the chatter and ‘trying-to-work-it-out’ of our minds, and our own, deeper understanding, insight and wisdom about what we need, want and are capable of.
Whatever is bringing you to seek counselling, you are very welcome to call for a free initial phone consultation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer both daytime and evening sessions.
Types of client