Belinda J Connolly
I offer short and longer term counselling and psychotherapy for adults and teenagers in a safe and supportive space. I believe that whatever brings a person to the point of seeking professional help, it is a profound step to contemplate initiating a new relationship outside of 'normal life'. I deeply appreciate and honour the courage it takes to do this.
Together we create a warm and non-judgemental space where you can be seen, heard and empathically related to, perhaps for the first time. These conversations can become the tipping point for creating change, bringing new meaning and purpose to challenging life situations.
I bring life experience, an open mind, empathic listening and together we have a conversation which speaks deeply to the wisdom of the body, mind and soul.
In addition to talking I use a variety of personalised techniques and dramatic characterisation which supports and encourages fuller expression, thorough exploration and integration. Every joy, trauma, obstacle and resistance has an authentic sound and shape and so I use them to enable a fuller, bodyfelt picture to emerge. When spoken to in this way the body becomes an open book and sounding board where nourishing self healing may be further enhanced using various media such as clay, play, paint, drawing, sand and physical gesture.
I would emphasise that no prior skills are needed, only a willingness to participate because we are all naturally creative beings and confidence grows by doing. It can become great fun too when humour plays a part in the process. In this way life challenges of any kind can be explored, active empowerment experienced, resources discovered and applied. Once practised they then become tools for life... for example they can be used in rehearsal prior to meeting many unknown situations.
I enjoy working with challenge and I welcome it as an opportunity to grow both as a person and as a professional. I can be incisive and am mindful of the vital role which self-care plays as the foundation for achieving sustainable relationships with ourselves, each other and the earth.
I have received positive feedback from both teens and adults. When they tell me they feel seen and heard and share things which they have never told anyone else I realise afresh the unique value of the counselling process.
Examples include finding the missing piece of the jigsaw, the joy of a maturing teen tasting equality for the first time, the relief of sharing a long carried burden, setting aside tightly held grudges and real needs finally met and satisfied after long periods of addiction.
As a young person I experienced the challenges of abandonment and incarceration at boarding school, a dysfunctional and sometimes violent family life and suffered for 20 yrs from a compulsive eating disorder with all the accompanying self loathing that entails.
It wasn't until I reached breaking point that I finally reached out to a professional and in that moment of relief I understood the latent healing power inherent in admitting that, despite years of pretending, I just couldn't cope anymore. This act broke the spell of silence and secrecy.
I have learned that suffering in isolation is unnecessary and I feel compelled to reach out to others because I had no one that could listen to or hear what I was saying for so long.
Living with anxiety, underground pain and fear, struggling through life with low levels of depression and self esteem issues and the confusions of relationships misunderstood have brought me closer to appreciating the importance of having someone who can care and hold the space as the old story unravels and bear witness to the challenge of healing and supporting the creation new possibilities. For me that's an ongoing journey.
Ever since I was twenty-one I have privately studied psychology, philosophy, healing, quantum physics and much more until I finally found a scientific training which encapsulated somatics with a psychology and anatomy of the spirit and their relationships. I am looking forward to adding couples counselling to my skillset next year.
In the past I qualified and worked as a nurse in London, and later became a private chef travelling the world. I am a mother of grown twins, helped found a Steiner orientated kindergarten near Bath and am the author of 2 published cookbooks.
I have been a host mother to countless overseas students for many years.
I offer a free 30 min space to explore whether you'd like to work with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
State Registered Nurse
I am a qualified Psychophonetics practitioner and Counsellor and worked as a State Registered Nurse in the past.
After a 4 year part-time training I began working at King Edward V1 secondary school in Totnes as a counsellor working with young people.
I have worked for 18 months as a qualified practitioner.
I have a private practice in Dartington where I work with young people and adults.
I have regular supervision and abide by the Code of Ethics as regulated by the BACP and Psychophonetics UK
I hold MBACP membership and full insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per One had a half hour session.
Minimum 6 sessions.
I can offer one concessionary set of 6 sessions for 45.00 each in any given period. There is a waiting list.
Twenty four hour cancellation policy or the full fee will be charged.
I also work and teach healthy cookery and have a nutritional business which supports natural health and wellbeing.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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