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MA, MBACP (Accred.), MAPAI Counsellor & Astrologer

About me

About Me

I spent 16 years working in the defence industry including military service. Although successful in my career, inwardly I felt lost.  In 2010 I started a course in ‘spiritual counselling’  and I soon realised that I lacked and yearned for a spiritual life.  

An alternative look at today’s mental health crisis

I believe that underpinning today's mental health crisis is a sense of meaninglessness in one’s life.  Carl Jung, (1875-1961), founder of Analytical Psychology, proclaimed something similar ~100 years ago.

Jung believed we inherently have a religious function or attitude as part of our makeup and that this need is important as hunger and sex.  Religious traditions struggle to fulfil this need today, as they formerly did, yet the yearning for numinous and transcendental experience still exists albeit unmet.

I help clients to find meaning and purpose.  In my role as counsellor for a baby loss charity, ‘Petals' (https://petalscharity.org/lizhills/), I help clients to digest the effects of trauma and normalise the stages of grief, which gradually allows meaning-making to unfold.

Counselling to help self-regulate & to be in control

Counselling alone is a nerve-racking and anxious process on top of the existing anxiety and suffering caused from the loss.  Consequently I help clients to self-regulate so as to become confident and trusting in one’s own ability to stay in control.  I coach clients the theory on anxiety, practical breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques to ground.

My skill-set is transferable to other life struggles.

Too much rational thinking

Jung noted that the symbol could bridge the divine and the daily grind, and symbolic thinking is the faculty we need to commune with symbol.  Unfortunately, the modern day person overly relies on rational thinking to the detriment of symbolic thinking.  Dreams and astrology are symbolic languages.

Dreams are nonsensical when considered with rational thinking alone!  Dreams provide the missing pieces to our conscious viewpoints, are healing and help us to make decisions.

If a client wishes to use their natal chart in sessions, astrology provides a spiritual framework to embody symbolic wisdom.

Loss of identity and a sense of belonging

I am involved in ancestral healing and currently repairing my own family blood lineages.  Dr Daniel Foor (https://ancestralmedicine.org/bio/) believes that prior to colonialism, humanity practised ancestral worship, celebrated elders and honoured rites of passage (aligned to psychological growth periods).  Colonialism however contributed towards a rupture to this tradition and humanity ever since, is suffering from a loss of identity and belonging.  I am intrigued at the current interest in tracing one’s ancestry and genealogy (family trees)!

The unconscious

Today the unconscious (often referred to as the subconscious) gets bad press and is misrepresented.  Yes the unconscious can be a scary and dangerous realm but it is also the source of infinite and collective wisdom.  When approached with honour and respect, its benefits can be reaped, integrated and will help to balance out a one-sided and often stuck conscious outlook.  Dreams, ancestral spirits, astrology and the archetypes originate from the same source, i.e. the unconscious.

What to do next? Taking the first step…

  • Contact me for a free 15 minute Zoom session, which is simply a good opportunity to meet at this stage.
  • If you choose to go ahead and book an appointment, the first session can last 75 minutes (you will however only be charged for one hour, £55). This gives us time to understand your goals, what you need from your therapist and to draw up a road map of how we will get there.
  • Sessions thereafter last one hour with frequent reviews to ensure that your therapy is on track and is still meeting your needs.

For further details visit https://linktr.ee/awayintwoworlds

I look forward to meeting with you.

Please check you spam account for my email replies.  Several clients have reported that my initial email return, lands in their spam box!

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications:

  • MA Jung & Post Jungian Studies
  • Flash Technique - https://flashtechnique.com/wp/
  • Trauma with National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine - https://www.nicabm.com/
  • The Impact of Perinatal Loss, Infertility and IVF on the Couple and the Family
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
  • Working with Cancer in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Level 4 Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB
  • Cruse Bereavement Training.

Experience:

  • PETALS charity - birth trauma, still birth, neonatal deaths, pregnancy loses and terminations
  • Private Counselling Practice
  • Big C, Norfolk Cancer Charity - counselling cancer sufferers and anyone affected by cancer
  • St Elizabeth's Hospice, Suffolk
  • Cruse UK Bereavement Charity - Bereavement Counsellor
  • New Dawn Counselling Agency, Weston-Super-Mare - general counselling.

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£55 for  1 hour

Further information

What is Spiritual Emergence?

I am interested in spiritual development and my counselling has evolved to support clients experiencing a ‘spiritual awakening / emergency’ – work pioneered by Stanislav Grof, Czech psychiatrist.

The impact of trauma, cancer and major events can be life changing; consequently it isn’t uncommon for transpersonal awareness and ‘spiritual emergence’ to unfold.  Spiritual Emergence is, as described by Stanislav Grof’s in his book, ‘Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes A Crisis‘:

The process of growth and change becomes chaotic and overwhelming.  Individuals may feel that their sense of identity is breaking down, that their old values no longer hold true, and that the very ground beneath their personal realities is radically shifting.  New realms of mystical and spiritual experience enter their lives suddenly and dramatically, resulting in fear and confusion.  They feel tremendous anxiety, have difficulty coping with their daily lives, jobs and relationships, and my even fear for their own sanity.  When understood and treated in a supportive manner, spiritual emergencies can become gateways to higher levels of functioning and new ways of being.”

Link to Grof’s book on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiritual-Emergency-Personal-Transformation-Consciousness/dp/0874775388

The Harmony Centre, Gilletts Road, Walpole, Halesworth, IP19 9BB

Cratfield, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19

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