I am a fully qualified and experienced professional Integrative counsellor. I offer a safe space for you to explore whatever it is that brings you to counselling. Inspired by my passion for the inner journey that each of us takes to find out what it really means to be a human being.
This can mean exploring difficult and painful issues that you are dealing with in your life. I offer a deep compassionate listening and ongoing steady support to help you find resource and feel empowered in response to past and present issues. I also bring a quality of lightheartedness and humour to this work, which I feel is much needed in to balance the difficult terrain sometimes explored.
I can support you to explore anxiety and depression, grief and loss, addictions, compulsions/obsessions, adoption issues, phobias, family and relationship problems, somatic symptoms, trauma/shock/developmental, work related stress and low self confidence, and harsh self judgement. Feeling like a failure or a fraud, or feelings of not belonging or deep unworthiness, or simply feeling like you have not got what it takes to deal with life.
Talking helps. So much of our lives can be spent stuck in our heads thinking about our problems, planning, plotting how we are going to change, or else thinking how we never change! And we end up with a feeling of stuckness, or feeling trapped, or powerless to effect change. Verbalisation plays a key part in the theraputic process. When we are able to verbalise our experience, our inner process can begin to move and become unstuck. This can bring a sense of dynamism into our life, things can begin to move and flow, whereas before they felt solid and stuck.
Another aspect of the process, is learning to listen our bodies and to connect with emotions and feelings in relation to different thought patterns. Difficult past experiences and related thought patterns often get 'stuck' in the body, and can feel very uncomfortable. I can help you gently move towards these places within yourself and help you to meet yourself with compassion and cultivate greater degrees of self acceptance. To gradually and gently be able to meet parts of yourself (at your own pace) that were previously deemed unacceptable/unworthy, with curiousity and radical allowing, to include rather than reject.
We always work in the now, the body is always in the present, learning to anchor and ground through the body, we can connect to our innate aliveness and learn to meet whatever life is throwing at us in the moment. Everything is explored, symptoms, behaviour, attitudes, self images, thought patterns, dreams, work and relationships. And as the saying goes "if its in the way it is the way!" Everything that arises in the process can be seen as a gateway for transformation and healing.
Cultivating awareness is key , and through the illumination of awareness comes real understanding. Understanding our reactions to life, to people, places and things, can lead us to experiencing greater degrees of freedom. This is the journey I would like to offer you support with, and to walk with you through the beautiful sunshiney vistas and the places of darkness, where things can feel barren and hopeless, and just really tough going, you will not be alone.
I am deeply nourished by my spiritual journey, which is inspired by buddhist/mindfulness meditation and spiritual Non-Dual inquiry over many years, and my own deeply engaged therapeutic process. I also a deep connection to nature and I am a passionate surfer and have a deep love for the ocean and water in general.
As well being a counsellor I am a fully qualified Pilates teacher, and teach regular classes in the local area, and i love helping people to strengthen and gain confidence in their bodies. I was also a professional chef for 17 years, working in fine dining restaurants, after which i moved into the care profession working with people with profound special needs for 7 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Dartmoor Center, Newton Abbot
I am an Individual Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP; I work to BACP Codes of Ethics;
Self Compassion practice - Gaia House Retreat Center
Regular Mindfulness Retreats- various teachers-Gaia House Retreat Centre
Student of the Diamond Approach for 10 years- I have been a student of the work of Hameed Ali(who writes using the pen name A H Almaas) since 2009. His work, the Diamond Approach, does not separate psychological and spiritual experience, and therefore sees no dichotomy between depth psychology and spiritual work. I attend 2 week long retreats every year.
3 months training with Scott Kilobys Living inquiry practice, Inquiry into Anxiety and Compulsions, and working with deficient Identity.
Carolyn Spring Reversing Adversity, recovery from Trauma- Working with Suicide and Self Harm workshop- Working with Trauma and Shame workshop- Trauma and The body workshop
I have just started a two year training (5/3/2020) in NARM - Neuro Affective Relational Model which is a cutting edge therapy that works specifically with developmental trauma.
25 years experience of self inquiry through meditation, yoga , pilates and qi qong .
25 years experience of Psychotherapy and a wide range of Complementary Health approaches
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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£40 a session