Cheryl Morgan-Veck - "Talking Heads, Talking Hands"
Vale Of Glamorgan
07881822104 / 07881822104
Thank-you for visiting Talking Heads. The difficult search for a Therapist begins! How to choose? Sometimes it can be a simple intuitive feeling that tells you "this feels right" as you search for the right Counsellor for you. So, in the meantime I'll tell you about my practice:
I have a very tranquil and relaxed countryside atmosphere - my office is based in a country garden. A setting that is far from the madding crowd; an environment that may add to the benefit of your time at Talking Heads. A peaceful, discreet and safe place to explore the things in life that may be bothering you, however big or small. If you decide to choose Talking Heads (or Talking Hands BSL service) you may well have tears, but there will be laughter for sure. Laughter is the music of the heart! And we all, ultimately, want our hearts to be happy.
Most clients just want to make a 'connection' with their Counsellor, to feel comfortable, but occasionaly some clients like to initially know which strand of counselling will be used in their sessions: I work Integratively with my clients. This means using the most appropriate intervention from each model (CBT, Psychodynamic, Humanistic) to best fit with your personality and the issue/s you wish to talk through, in a way that works for you. Positive Therapy is weaved throughout the Integrative approach where it will fit appropriately, hopefully enabling you to plot a chart forward with your life, as well as acknowledge and explore any hurt or upset that may have been experienced in the past. My aim is to provide a balance between acknowledging past hurt and setting future aims, goals, aspirations - any positive change that the client wants to consider. After all, the reason you are wanting to talk is to either 'get it out', whatever 'it' is or you would like to change your life for the better, or perhaps even both.
The client is asked at the end of each session if they wish to return the following week for another session, it is their decision. So there's is no pressure put on the client in the moment. Obviously there are times when it is therapeutically important for a client to return and have continuity in their therapy but equally the choice is very much in the client's power. I say this as some some clients have told me that with other counsellors they have been asked to 'sign up' for 10 sessions at the outset. That will not be the case here. You return if you liked it; if you felt it was helpful; if YOU want to continue; if you went away and felt inspired, inspired to return, inspired to improve your life. I like to keep in mind that everyone's pocket is different, and whilst weekly visits are best for continuity it isn't always possible.
A 'Keep It Simple' approach is favoured. Visual aids and tangible items are used to help clients remember coping strategies and positive ways of approaching life. My counselling sessions are balanced with a touch of Life Coaching appropriately weaved through the sessions.
Primarily, hearing clients visit me at my office, and although I normally travel to surgeries to support deaf clients, I occasionally see them at my garden office, if they require it.
Languages: English & BSL
(The service is available to both hearing and D/deaf people).
I specialise in and am currently working with the D/deaf and hard of hearing in British Sign Language in both England & Wales. Able to travel long distances, currently working an area between Plymouth/Bath/Bristol/West Wales/Welsh Valleys - travel time and distance is charged for. Working with NHS and self-referred referrals through a specialised Deaf Agency.
However, D/deaf private clients are welcome to visit Talking Heads, Talking Hands at The Summerhouse in Cowbridge, as are any hearing clients.
Member of the BACP (British Association of Psychotherapy) - Accreditable
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Counselling
BSL (British Sign Language) Level 1 - CACDP
BSL (British Sign Language) Level 2 - CACDP
BSL (British Sign Language) Pre-level 3 - CACDP
Deaf Awareness - CACDP
Deaf Community & Culture - CACDP
BSL - Emotions (LLL)
Knowledge of Deaf History
Various courses with MacMillan Cancer
Winner of a Millennium Award to set up a counselling service in the Welsh Valleys to help adolescents, who were struggling with life and had been identified by another Project specialising in helping young people find their way in life.
Worked ad hoc with a local Project based in Bridgend, supplying counselling to their adolescents who wanted it, as and when required.
Worked with deaf clients for 9 years.
Worked as a School Counsellor for 2 years
Currently balancing private practice with specialising in working with the deaf.
Prior to qualifiying as a Specialist Counsellor I worked in the multi-national business world of Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals and Advertising, for the most part overseas, giving me a realistric understanding of the world outside therapy. I have been an Ex-Pat myself, living overseas 20 years. I have helped many individuals come to terms with the struggles and challenges of relocating to a new country.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ex-pats - Relocation
British Sign Language
Animal Assisted Therapy
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Private Clients seen at my office - £45 per session (weekly sessions last for one hour and a quarter - 75 minutes; initial assessments last for one and a half hours - 90 minutes. As opposed to the normal 50 minutes to an hour offered by most services).
Younger clients up to 25 yrs old have a concessionary rate - £35 a session (a session may vary from 50 mins to an hour)
Appointment times are flexible and can be made out of normal office hours and at weekends.
Any clients that are seen off-site where travel is involved i.e. NHS work or through an Agency - please note that travel time and mileage will be charged for. Session rates start at £45.
My inspiration comes from within and from:
Cesar Millan - The Dog Whisperer - who taught me more about understanding and helping people than any counselling book or tutor - his calm, positive energy is very inspiring, as is his search for balance in all things in life
Dr Phil Saunders - Straight-talking Psychologist, Author
Dr F Batmanghelidj - Iranian-born Physician, Author of 'Your Body's Many Cries For Water' (and other books) - creator of 'The Water Cure'
Dr Malcolm Kendrick - Author of 'The Great Cholesterol Con'
Oprah Winfrey - Survivor, TV Host, Actress - who inspires and gives hope to just about everyone.
Anthony Robbins - Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author
Dr Joseph Mercola, N.D. Enlightened Naturopath
Dr John Bergman - Passionate and Enlightened Corrective Chiropractor
Dr Leonard Coldwell - Enlightened Naturopath and Healer
- Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Working with young people who are struggling to make sense of their life.
- Life Coaching
- Couples Therapy
- Childhood issues affecting adulthood
- Children who have experienced divorce
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments can be made around the clock, weekends including, to suit clients.
Types of client
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