Lasting Touch Chiropractic
The Olive Branch
14 St Clement Street
075 525 897 63
I believe that sometimes we can get stuck, that we may need someone else with us to think out aloud, find a different view, make sense of our experiences and maybe experiment rather than trying hard not to feel our emotions.
From my experience as a counselling client, I understand what it can feel like to sit in the other chair and I am passionate about helping you find your individual path to improved mental health. In the process I draw on concepts and methods from Gestalt Therapy, but also different therapeutic disciplines, including Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and client-led creative techniques. These can help you gain fresh insights and an improved awareness of yourself as well as your relationships, and so increase your understanding of any anxiety, depression, sadness, relationship problems or other issues.
I often use creative techniques; this does not mean that you have to be good at drawing and painting, but it often involves using media - something from the world around you with which you connect, for example stones, colours, pictures, lyrics or a movie character. I can work with objects but also images and metaphors, which allows you to slow down as well as make your internal world more visible. It encourages whole brain thinking and experiencing with the whole body rather than over-relying on logic.
Apart from what you tell me with your words, I pay attention to your body language, especially when it does not fit with what you are saying or where there are no words at all. This includes working with your breath. Breath is our first support system and plays an important part in our ability to regulate our emotions. Short, shallow breathing can be an indication for distress and overwhelm and I might encourage you to take your time and deepen your breath so you can stay present to the moment rather than feeling out of control.
What I can help with:
- Anxiety: My heart is racing, the throat tightening.
- Stress: Things are threatening to get on top of me.
- Depression: The void which swallows all my energy; the black dog that sits on me.
- Trauma: My life (as I knew it) was threatened; I do not feel safe anymore.
- Loss and Grief: Someone or something I had is gone, forever; it has left an emptiness that hurts.
- Stuck-ness: I am trying hard to find a solution, but I keep going around in circles.
- Confusion: My head is in a muddle; I need time and space to mull things over.
- Overwhelm: I cannot cope.
- Self-esteem: I am not good enough
- Shame: I am unlovable; I am a mistake.
- Loneliness: I feel separate; I do not fit in; there is no one I can talk to.
Please get into touch either via phone or e-mail to arrange for a first session or ask any questions you might have. The first session is an opportunity to find out whether we would like to work together, what you would like help with and what you might need from me. If I feel that I am not the right counsellor for you, I will try to help you find someone more suited.
Training, qualifications & experience
DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
I am a qualified Gestalt counsellor. Gestalt counselling is a holistic approach, which means that the counsellor understands a person as a whole including the relationship between them and their world. Gestalt counsellors focus on the here and now, examining current thoughts, behaviour and feelings in order to help a client gain awareness of how they relate to events and people. This awareness is crucial in bringing about change. Most important to this approach is the relationship between client and counsellor.
I trained and continue to work at the Olive Branch in Winchester.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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There is no charge for an initial phone conversation, which gives you the opportunity to ask any questions. Subsequent sessions are charged at a rate of £50 per 50 minute session.
I am an individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by its Ethical Framework. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.
Interests continuous professional development
Expressive Arts and Movement in Counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client