My specialisms are: bereavement and loss; cancer counselling; counselling for trauma or loss during pregnancy or birth; spiritual emergence.
Surprisingly loss impacts us in many ways throughout our life time and loss isn’t just about the physical death of a loved one. Example losses are: health, redundancy, moving house, retirement, divorce, children leaving home to aging. Where there’s a loss there’s grief. I work with clients to help them to identify which stage of grief they are in and by exploring thoughts and feelings clients recognise that their reactions are normal, albeit painful, and correspond to the stages of grief. Anxiety can be a frightening and debilitating physical consequence of grieving and suffering from anxiety isn’t always apparent for people. I help clients to understand how anxiety impacts the physical body and I coach ways to manage anxiety. Processing grief allows us to transition into the next phase of our life.
Loss, grief and anxiety is applicable in my work with cancer patients and for those caring and supporting someone with cancer. I help clients to identify their losses and align these to the stages of grief. The future is often a daunting prospect and clients can become anxious and overwhelmed with all the 'what ifs'. In addition to anxiety management, I help clients to be present and to 'come back' from scary, imagined futures. Mindfulness is a useful tool to help get out of the head, reconnect to the physical body to use our senses to experience the present moment. I help clients to live with uncertainty and to find a sense of control when life with cancer feels like everything is out of control.
Counselling for trauma or loss during pregnancy or birth includes miscarriages, terminations, still births and neo natal deaths. My work here again includes addressing loss, grief and anxiety. Any event where we have felt totally helpless, powerless and paralysed to act can leave us traumatised. I help clients to digest what has happened to them and explain the impact of trauma on the mind, body and brain. Clients learn that a lot of their physical symptoms are due to the body's autonomic nervous system rather than something we consciously choose to do. I help clients to self-regulate - meaning being able to do this for yourself - to keep one's thinking brain online and one's 'calming system' (parasympathetic nervous system) activated. Regaining a sense of control is an important aspect of this work.
All of the above areas are huge events and can be life changing. It isn't uncommon for a greater meaning in life or spiritual quest to ensue; it's as if such an event awakens us to our spiritual self. I help clients explore their "spiritual emergence", a term coined by Stanislav "Stan" Grof, Czech psychiatrist.
Clients can be seen at The Harmony Centre, Walpole, Suffolk IP19 9BB; The Mill House, Lowestoft NR32 3LN; Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre, Beccles NR34 9HE. If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions, in the first instance please either phone (07765861871) or email and I will get back to you. www.awayintwoworlds.co.uk
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Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Trauma with National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Sep 2017
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, June 2016
Diploma Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA), June 2016
Working with Cancer in Counselling & Psychotherapy, June 2015
The Centre for Psychological Astrology, London, June 2015
Level 4 Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB '14
Astrology - studying with Kairos Astrology, Glastonbury, '13
Cruse Bereavement Training '12.
Level 3 Counselling Studies, CPCAB '12
Level 2 Listening Skills, CPCAB '11
PETALS charity - 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for 50 minutes
Additionally and upon request I can include psychological astrology in sessions.
In astrotherapy the individual’s birth chart is consulted within a traditional counselling setting with a qualified counsellor. It’s as if 3 people are in the session: counsellor, client and birth chart. I listen to the client, their story and their struggles whilst assimilating the information held in the birth chart – this process is different from astrology readings with an astrologer. The birth chart maps archetypes at the personal level and acts as a guide only throughout sessions. The objectives of astrotherapy are to: help clients grow their self-awareness; understand their personality and make up; facilitate a transpersonal inquiry (bigger picture stuff!).
Psychological Astrology is a transpersonal based therapy working with myths, symbolism, archetypes, astrology, psychology and the client’s natal chart. Carl Jung described archetypes as patterns of psychic perception and understanding common to humanity forming the collective unconscious. Planets in our solar system are treated as archetypes and Greek mythology revered planets as gods who held specific roles, traits and characteristics within the Greek pantheon.
Transpersonal is a term used to describe experiences and worldviews that more exists beyond one’s physical identity. It is an appreciation for the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, psyche and cosmos. Having developed a sound ego structure, one can attune to the collective unconscious and embrace archetypes, which affords a deeper personal resonance and understanding of human existence.
Astrology, the study of the stars, is a geocentric, northern hemisphere art evolving from ~400 BC. Man’s initial observations of the sun’s patterns helped to farm and to work hand in hand with nature. Today most people know their ‘star sign’ and this is the part of the zodiac (the 12 fixed constellations) or band around the earth (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc), which the sun is perceived to pass through when you are born. A birth chart maps the entire solar system at the exact moment, day and year of birth relating the eight known planets, sun and moon to the horizon and meridian of the earth.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Except Thursdays and weekends
Types of client