Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to become more aware of your patterns, defence mechanisms and resistance. This can allow more spaciousness through, for you to be who you are. Coming into relationship with yourself at depth, without judgment but with curiosity, can help you to stay and enquire into your feelings and notice where you might feel stuck and what you might be avoiding.
Change can come if we give ourselves room and space and allow our emotional distress and difficulty to surface, just as it is. The more we can name and be with our difficulties, the more we can move into our awareness of these difficulties. If we can make awareness our ‘home’, so that we are both in the experience and also noticing the experience, the more possibility there is for change to take place. We can increasingly start to give ourselves permission to change. We can upgrade our inner emotional life in a way that works for us in our present life stage.
The way we can do this is by listening to our subtler inner spaces, and voices we may have ‘managed’, shut down or ignored. In noticing the way we field our feelings, instead of feeling our feelings, we can start to let go of our favourite defence mechanisms. Instead, we can choose strategies that feel kinder, adult, and more effective in allowing our authenticity and natural life flow and power through. This can all start to happen when we emotionally put on the brakes, let go of ‘coping’, and give ourselves space to hear ourselves at depth, maybe for the first time in our lives.
We can start to change our lives from the potential of our groundedness, where we allow ourselves to emotionally relax, trust ourselves, and fully breathe out. In turning towards and trusting our inner wisdom, we can amaze ourselves by becoming more embodied, or feel fully present in our bodies, as we notice and start to take care of ourselves in ways that might feel new. While our old coping strategies were brilliant, and were what we needed to survive, we can now start to re-evaluate who we are, and replace worn out habits with strategies that help us and make sense to us.
I work with compassion, and help clients to stay with their ‘felt sense’, which invites you to stay with your deeper thoughts, feelings, sensations and memories, and allow them through. These might feel vague or nebulous at first, and it can be helpful to come into the non-cognitive space and listen to your body’s wisdom. Your felt sense may speak to you from your heart, or from your mid-line, and has a different kind of language from your ‘head’. Dropping down from the head into the felt sense can help us in mysterious ways to touch into emotional pain, distress and difficulties and welcome what is there, without becoming overwhelmed. If we can allow space for our felt sense, which might emerge as a sound, a colour, an image, or a memory, a place, a time, a narrative we hold, a feeling, a sense of what we might be avoiding or where we might be stuck …. then something can start to emerge. We can engage with our emotional process as a way of working through difficulty.
Training, qualifications & experience
2019: BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Registered Member MBACP (Accred).
2016-2020 - MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy
2015: MBACP - Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2011-2015 - Foundation Degree in Humanistic Existentialist Counselling - Vale and Glamorgan College
2015: Private Practice, Natural Health Clinic
2013: Counsellor - Mind
2011: Counsellor - Cruse Bereavement
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
My practice is full at the moment, although I do have a waiting list, and if you would like to contact me, then when places come up I would contact you.
I work on a weekly basis, at the same time each week for an hour's session.
Currently 1 hour sessions are £60. I am a fully qualified counsellor, accredited by BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I also have a masters qualification in mindfulness based psychotherapy, and I am now working towards UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) accreditation.
If you would like to book an initial session to see what therapy with me would be like for you, please call, text or email. I am only available for face to face therapy currently.