Gina Howard. Dip.Counselling. MBACP reg. Mindfulness practitioner.
07598475228 Please leave a message if no reply.
I am aware that searching for a counsellor can be a big step. You may feel anxious, embarrassed and scared. You may not know what to expect or how you will feel when you meet a counsellor for the first time. I would like to reassure you, that as a qualified counsellor I will offer you my complete attention, a deep listening presence and complete confidentiality.
My approach is to try to understand your issue. Together we will discover how you experience your life; what makes it better and what makes it worse and what changes you want to make.
Your problems are not isolated and other people will be involved. For this reason we will also look at the way you are viewing what is happening for others in your life. This can help widen your perspective, allowing access to changes in attitude and beliefs, giving you a broader picture and deeper understanding.
The desire to be happy is built into each of us, but the events of life, the thoughts and beliefs we have, and the habitual way we deal with our problems can set up barriers.
But despite life's difficulties, I believe that you will have the capacity to find a way that is more satisfying and rewarding for both you and for those around you. I am not afraid to visit difficult issues, to sit with chaos and the unknown and I will not judge you.
I also believe that the body holds the memory of distress in the form of physical, emotional and mental tension. Some of the work I encourage is to come into close contact with those holding aspects to help release some of the tensions.
I trained as a counsellor in Buddhist Psychology; a very practical and accessible way to understand our mental, emotional and physical behaviours. In recent years there has been an increase in the use of mindfulness to help people through difficult times. I use meditation daily and am a mindfulness practitioner which I bring into my work as a counsellor to help you find a more grounded presence in daily life; to help you meet yourself and discover your way in life, in relationships and the world.
I can be flexible in the way we work together and suggest an initial meeting to see how we get on. We can talk about the options for short or longer term counselling depending on your needs.
I provide a pleasant private room with easy parking and access and offer both evening and day time availability.
I also have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling: Other Centred Therapy based on Buddhist Psychology.
Study of Buddhist Psychology for 2 years.
I use meditation and am a mindfulness practitioner.
I have worked in a number of different locations including Hospice, Domicillary and Local Counselling rooms.
Recent continued professional development courses; Sleep disorders, working with trauma, identity, addiction, embodied mind, anger management, disenfranchised grief, the wisdom of not knowing, exploring felt sense, building resilience, time limited therapy, data protection regulations, manipulation and abuse, focusing and presence in sessions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
I offer a free half hour initial session to talk about the work you wish to undertake and discuss some of the things you might want to know and what you might expect from counselling.
The cost per session thereafter is £35.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings and day time sessions available.
Types of client