Gunasara Evans - Registered Member MBACP
Colchester Buddhist Centre
2 Portland Road
LIFE-FORCE Centre For Natural Well-Being
3 East Hill
Counselling can be highly effective at helping you to deal with many of the different kinds of mental and emotional difficulties that arise during the course of your life. Through our initial meetings we will develop the trust necessary to really open out and investigate what you believe is the situation you are facing and what your ‘feeling body’ is telling you is at stake. It might be that you have lost someone close, have relationship difficulties, have lost your job, have debt problems, addictions or compulsions are wreaking havoc, depression or disatisfaction have arisen in your life, or you just don’t feel fulfilled or inspired by what life has to offer. These are general titles of some of the more common areas of distress that can bring a client to the counselling room. Your particular situation will be individual and unique. Our job together will be to understand what is happening in your life and the factors involved, to kindly look at what is hurting you and why and to discover any points of freedom that might be available to you.
My approach as an Integrative Counsellor essentially means that I can draw from a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to find any resources or methods that look likely to be effective. The way our conversation develops is likely to indicate what will work. We may look at the way you are relating to your ‘problem’, or gently delve into your history for causes of the present situation, or witness the feelings you have and allow them to move on. It may be appropriate to give you opportunities to challenge yourself but it also may be crucial that your difficulties simply meet total acceptance. The magic of the counselling room is that very often, if we both have the courage and commitment to communicate honestly, the way ahead will become clear.
I am very influenced by many years of Mindfulness practise and I hope we will be able to create together a tangible sense of stillness and peace.
I am an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and I am completely happy to work with clients with any, or no, religious affiliations.
Training, qualifications & experience
It has been a long journey for me to feel ready to offer my services to you as a counsellor.
Since 1993 I have been exploring Mindfulness, personal understanding and development within a community of Buddhist practitioners. I have trained in addiction recovery methods, peaceful communication techniques and various approaches to unhelpful thinking. I have been teaching and mentoring in that context for 15 years.
In 2003/4 I worked as a Samaritan.
In 2013 I enrolled at Life-Force in Colchester and engaged with their BACP Gold Book standard course to become a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor.
My training will not stop there as I am committed to ongoing professional development and I continue to regularly attend retreats and workshops in both buddhist and counselling contexts.
Each of these trainings has influenced me in different ways. I hope we will find a way together to transform whatever troubles you.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic self-criticism, emotional numbness, lack of purpose, dissatisfaction.
I charge £40 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Thursday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm 7pm 8pm 9pm
Types of client