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I have been working as an NHS Counsellor in Blaenau Gwent for 20 years, seeing clients with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, adjustment to illness and disability, and self-esteem issues, for six to ten sessions.
I combine a person-centred approach, to build the counselling relationship, with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and NLP, to modify thinking styles and behaviour, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and EMDR, to build on personal strengths and resources. I also use EMDR to reduce traumatic symptoms. Whichever approach I use, the relationship is key for me.
I taught Counselling for 10 years, (AQA/CPCAB), and have been providing group supervision to students on placement with MIND for the last 12 years, so am very in touch with current counselling theory and college requirements.
I value learning and self-development, and have recently participated in a 12-week online group coaching program for female entrepreneurs. and an 8-week online discussion group of the book "Calling in the One", to attract love into your life. I have found both supportive and confidence-building.
I have lived and worked in Europe and South East Asia, and love languages and exploring different cultures.
I am a Reiki Master (Usui, Karuna, and Holy Fire), and Reiki Drum Practitioner, and appreciate the peace of giving and receiving Reiki healing energy, as well as the excitement and rhythm of attending a monthly drum circle.
I enjoy live music, and have attended some great live folk and jazz recently.
I am also very happy immersing myself in a historical drama on Netflix, or a romcom at the cinema.
I love walking with the local Ramblers, and believe in the value of physical activity, contact with nature, and social time, to lift the spirits.
I enjoy a challenge, and completed the Camino de Santiago across Northern Spain, with a friend, over 4 years, which was a great achievement.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Unleash Your Potential, 2021
Mindfulness Teacher Training - Bangor University, 2019
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Parts 1, 2, 3 Accredited Training - EMDR Extra, 2015
Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision - University of Wales Newport, 2008
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Wales Newport, 2002
2002-present: NHS Aneurin Bevan - Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, EMDR Therapist, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher.
2010-present: MIND, Institute of Medical Genetics, Staff Wellbeing, Merthyr College, Hereford Hospice, Bristol Uni - Clinical/Consultative Supervisor of individuals and groups.
2002-2012, 2017/18: Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale/Newport, Listening Post, Gloucester - Counselling Tutor (AQA + CPCAB).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 - £75.00
£65/hour on the phone, on Zoom, and face to face at Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre, Ebbw Vale, and Llanfoist Village Hall meeting room, Llanfoist, Abergavenny.
£75/hr for same day appointments.
When I work
Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre is a few doors down from Home Bargains, opposite the multi storey.
It has a reception and a small waiting area at the entrance.
The rooms I use at the Centre vary in size, location, and use, eg. the Tutor Room, on the ground floor, behind reception, is small, and also used by a bank several times a week, to support customers in the community, the Studio, on the ground floor, at the back of the centre, is larger, and also used for courses, Training Room 1, on the first floor, accessible via lift or steps, is also large and used for courses.
All rooms have windows, and are wheelchair-accessible.
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets downstairs and upstairs.
The centre is open 9am-9pm Mon-Thurs, and 9am-5pm Fri, during term time, and 9am-5pm Mon-Fri during holidays.
Parking is available for free, with no time limit, both in the multistorey car park opposite, and the outdoor car park opposite.
The room I use in Llanfoist Village Hall is a meeting room, with easy access down a few steps. The room is very spacious, light, and well-ventilated. There is also a main hall and a gallery in the building, where classes (yoga, pilates, fitness) are held. The room is available day and evening. Parking is in a big gravel car park outside the main entrance.
I am very flexible in my approach, and use whichever therapy suits the client's issue. I am happy to do just one session, or several sessions.