Darran Biles

Darran Biles

Norwich Wellbeing Centre
15 Chapelfield East
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1SF

07716 349068

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Norwich Wellbeing Centre
15 Chapelfield East
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1SF

07716 349068

About me

I am a counsellor and therapist based in Norwich, trained in both the person-centred and the body psychotherapy traditions.

I work with the understanding that we are embodied and relational beings, deeply connected to each other and the rest of nature. For me this feels particularly needful in the current culture, which promotes disconnection from our bodies, other people and the planet.

Therapy can mean many different things, depending who you ask. Personally I hope that it can be:

  • A meeting of two human beings.
  • A safe-enough space where you can talk about anything that’s going on for you.
  • Open, curious and attentive to your unfolding process.
  • A place for exploration and self-knowledge rather than adjustment.
  • Welcoming of quietness and stillness, as well as talking and activity.

I try to make a warm, relaxed and spacious atmosphere in which we can gently bring awareness to the different parts of your experience, and support the movement towards wholeness that I believe is happening in all of us.

As well as central Norwich, I now also work in Bramerton, in the countryside five miles south-east of the city, where there is both indoor space and ample opportunity for working outdoors among fields, woods, quiet lanes and the banks of the River Yare. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing me in Bramerton.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training and qualifications are in Person-Centred Counselling and Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT). I am also currently doing a one-year course in Wild Therapy, an extension of the ERT training. You can read more about these on my website.

I was a student of the analytic tradition (Freud, Jung, Laing) for many years before I started working as a therapist. In addition to my private practice, I have worked at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Counselling Service and at the Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development. I also worked at UEA for several years as a specialist mentor, and taught there on the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Some of my important influences and inspirations are Jung’s ideas on dreams and the collective unconscious; the Process-Oriented Psychology (‘Processwork’) of Arnold Mindell; certain Buddhist practices and teachings; and critical perspectives on love, sex and relationships such as those discussed by Meg-John Barker.

I do a lot of thinking about therapy and have written about it in both an article (‘Reapproaching Rogers’, published in the journal Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies in 2016) and a chapter for a book on Person-Centred Therapy due out in summer 2018.

Before I came to therapy I worked in a variety of jobs, including postman, teacher and translator (during five years living in Paris), WWOOF volunteer and live-in carer.

A note about labels: I don’t work diagnostically, but I work with some clients who use diagnostic labels like those in the ‘areas of counselling I deal with’ section below, and I recognise that people sometimes find these helpful. For the purposes of this profile, I have selected a number of these labels to convey the range of concerns I work with, but I question their definition as ‘disorders’.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

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Fees

£40 per hour session. If you’d like to work with me but can’t afford my fee, please let me know and we can have a talk about it.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2 1SF

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French

Availability

Tuesday-Friday, including some evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults