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Psychotherapy for Soul with Individuals and Couples
At the heart of Psychotherapy for Soul is the personal, professional, confidential, therapeutic relationship between us, client and therapist. My role is to provide a safe environment where you can explore your life experience, the issues troubling you, and your values and goals for a fulfilling future.
Psychotherapy for Soul is about:
· Evolving as a human being.
· Expanding our Soul – expanding our lived experience of being who we are.
· Experiencing a life ever more fruitful, more abundant, more meaningful, more fulfilled, and with more vitality.
Healing Past Traumas
A diminishing of Soul begins in childhood:
· Some of us suffer trauma through acts of physical or sexual violence against us or severe neglect, resulting in complex psychological needs.
· Many of us suffer from the lack of loving care and regard that we need, and we may even feel untouched by love.
· Even the best of those who care for us have lapses, moments of inattention, times of sadness, grief, pain, sickness, anger, or preoccupation – just being human. With an infant’s finely tuned sensibility – an infant for whom the only time is now – each lapse is a wound to Soul.
The impact of such traumas, the wounding and diminishing of Soul, carries over into adulthood. Then, we may suffer anxiety, panic attacks, sadness, depression, addiction, low self-confidence or self-esteem or self-worth, troubled relationships, whatever diminishes our lived experience of being who we are.
Psychotherapy for Soul is about healing such childhood traumas and restoring Soul, to help us find the path towards a more vital, fruitful, abundant, meaningful, and fulfilled life.
Partners entering into a relationship bring with them the differing wounding and diminishing of Soul which they have suffered, a potential for misunderstanding, disappointment, and turmoil.
My role as a couple counsellor is to foster a dialogue between you around the issues that brought you into couple counselling. I foster this dialogue by posing questions and raising relevant topics for you to discuss with each other. In your dialogue, I encourage both of you to take ownership of whatever you express: your thoughts, your feelings, your wants, your needs; your experience of love, aggression, and bodily life. Sharing feelings and needs serves to strengthen and deepen your relationship—as well as expanding your individual lived experience of being who we are— regardless of what you come to decide about the future.
Visioning the Future
Psychotherapy for Soul is equally about the realisation of your values and goals. There are times when we begin to feel there must be more in life than we are experiencing, more joy, love, fulfilment, the realisation of whom we truly are.
Psychotherapy for Soul can be exciting, enriching and transforming – a catalyst for profound change in our experience of being alive :
· By growing as a person and finding qualities in ourselves we didn’t know were there.
· By discovering and realising our potentiality more and more.
· By gaining insight into our unique purpose, the meaning of our life, and the values which inform and inspire it.
· Our life can be a journey of self-realisation and joy, ever more vital, fruitful, abundant, meaningful, and fulfilled.
My Psychotherapy Practice
During regular individual 50-minute psychotherapy sessions—and for partners 60-minute couple counselling sessions—we work together on whatever issues you choose to explore.
I have practised as a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist for 25 years, having trained at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. During the last twelve years, I have studied the ancient healing practice of Shamanism, having trained at Eagle’s Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism.
I have also written a book ‘Soulfulness’ in which I describe how a contemporary form of Shamanism can be integrated into a mainstream psychotherapy practice like mine. From this work, I have developed Psychotherapy for Soul, incorporating a wealth of Shamanic thought and practice:
· Shamanic Psychology: The profound wisdom embodied in the Medicine Wheel – the wheel of health and wholeness – which illuminates many aspects of human existence and human frailty.
· Shamanic Practice: Once widespread, these are empathic, gentle, and relaxed techniques serving the restoring and expanding of Soul.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy), Diploma in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling, Accredited Psychotherapist with UK Council for Psychotherapy.
I have 25 years post-graduate experience. I trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. I qualified as a counsellor in 1996. I qualified as a psychotherapist in 1998.
I began seeing clients in Maidenhead, initially as a trainee, in 1994 and have continued in practice to the present day. I worked as a course tutor at The Institute of Psychosynthesis from 2005 to 2012.
Between 2011 and 2013 I undertook a Practitioner Training at the Eagle’s Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism.
I am author of a book 'Soulfulness : The Marriage of Shamanic and Contemporary Psychology' published by Karnac Books. Also, I am co-author of Berkshire Folk Tales and Lancashire Folk Tales, and a professional storyteller working both with adults and children.
I am a member of the Association for Psychospiritual Practitioners. I am also a member of Equity and the Society for Storytelling.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency. Shamanic Soul Retrieval. Soulfulness.
£40.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are on a sliding scale, based on what you can realistically afford as a priority expense. For a 50-minute individual session, fees are in the range £40 to £75. For a 60-minute couple session, fees are in the range £50 to £85.
When I work
I see clients face-to-face or online, couple clients face-to-face. Thursdays/Fridays only when needed. My regular appointments are: 10.30am, 1pm, 2.40pm, 5.40pm, 7.20pm.