Zoom/Skype/Face-to-Face all available February 2021. I have a very tranquil and relaxed countryside atmosphere to offer - my office is based in a country garden. A setting that is far from the madding crowd; surroundings 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. Problems are for solving, not for festering upon, and that is our aim, to help you untangle your thoughts and feelings.
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, also looking at the tools used within The Law Of Attraction, encouraging clients to hope for more, to expect more, to expect BETTER. TO BELIEVE THEY DESERVE BETTER. If thoughts become things then we need to train ourselves to control our thoughts.
Talking Pet Bereavement is a speciality of ours. Our passion to raise funds for dog-rescue as a Volunteer has blessed us with the opportunity to meet so many dog-owners, literally on the streets, as we rattle our collection cans to raise both awareness of homelessness in dogs and to raise funds. Strangers have stood and cried in front of us as they talk about the loss of their beloved dog. It's very touching to have total strangers reach out to a fellow dog-lover with such emotion, not even knowing they are talking to a Therapist! It's a profound realisation that pet bereavement is very real for so many and therefore they also deserve an unique, warm environment where the Therapist knows from experience that this immense love was shared with much more than "just a dog". For some the loss of their dog has literally 'paralysed' their ability to go about their daily life. Having had a few clients now who come along for counselling on the loss of their pet, I believe those animal lovers deserve a special place to come and talk about their pet. If you feel it would comfort you we have 3 Therapy Dogs that would be more than happy to offer a paw in comfort (Animal Assisted Therapy). We donate £5 to various dog-rescue charities we support from every session booked with Talking Pet Bereavement (Facebook: Talking - Pet Bereavement)
Most clients just want to make a 'connection' with their Counsellor, to feel comfortable, but occasionally 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.
Although I accept Skype and Telephonic clients, I encourage all potential Clients to make this a face-to-face treat where you carve out time for yourself to come along to a fresh environment with fairy lights, fresh flowers and candles, where there are no distractions. A time you gift to yourself. Obviously, Clients further afield are welcome to use other communication strategies to have therapy with Talking Heads.
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).
Talking Hands specialises in working with the D/deaf. 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 (hearing clients)with specialising in working with Pet Bereavement, and also working with the D/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.
I have been a volunteer for Many Tears Animal Rescue, organising street collections in Swansea, Mumbles and Cowbridge for 10 years, bringing me face to face to deeply distressed, bereaved dog-lovers, struggling to come to terms with the loss of their Best Friend.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ex-pats - Relocation
British Sign Language
Animal Assisted Therapy
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.
Appointments can be made around the clock, weekends included, to suit clients.
My inspiration comes from within and from:
Dr Joe Dispenza - Author, Scientist, Lecturer
Dr Bruce Lipton - Author of the 'Biology of Belief'
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
Mike Dooley - Author and Motivator
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
- Pet Bereavement
- 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
- Ex-Pat Relocation