Antonia Gerlach-Charlton

Antonia Gerlach-Charlton

Lasting Touch Chiropractic
The Yard
Ashton Lane
Bishop's Waltham
Hampshire
SO32 1FN

The Olive Branch
14 St Clement Street
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 9HH

075 525 897 63

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Lasting Touch Chiropractic
The Yard
Ashton Lane
Bishop's Waltham
Hampshire
SO32 1FN

The Olive Branch
14 St Clement Street
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 9HH

075 525 897 63

About me

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 express emotions as well as thoughts that we feel not safe to express in our daily life.

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 other therapeutic disciplines, including Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and client-led creative techniques.

Using creative techniques does not mean that you have to be good at drawing and painting, but it often involves using metaphors, images or media - something from the world around you with which you connect. This approach encourages whole brain thinking and experiencing with the whole body rather than over-relying on logic. It allows you to slow down, notice more and so help you gain fresh insights and an improved awareness of yourself as well as your relationships, and this way increase your understanding of any anxiety, depression, sadness, relationship problems or other issues.

Another way of gaining a deeper understanding and finding relief is paying attention to your body language. This could be a spontaneous movement, such as the tapping of a foot; a habitual posture, for example always sitting at the edge of a chair or a breathing pattern - maybe you are often holding your breath without knowing why. Being curious about the messages and stories our bodies are telling can feel temporarily uncomfortable. Ultimately though it can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your unmet needs as well as your strengths, and release tensions.

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.

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.

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic Shame

Therapies offered

Photos & videos

  • Counselling as a path: what might you discover on yours?
  • Support is essential in a crisis and everyday life - what helps you live?
  • We try to make sense of what we experience: what do you see?
  • Body language - how we let each other know what's really going on.
  • Grief can feel like a mountain range, hostile and seemingly endless.
  • If these were people, what might be going on? Where would you like to be?
  • Emotional eating - it is not a piece of cake!!!!

Fees

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.

Further information

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

Emotional Eating

Working with Dreams

Expressive Arts and Movement in Counselling

Neuroscience in Counselling

Maps & Directions

Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1FN
Winchester, SO23 9HH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Adults