Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
07533 496568 / 07533 496568
It is not our fault that we have this difficult brain with its hyperactive threat system, which we did not choose. But we can all learn to use what we know about our brain to work positively for real change. We can learn to replace poor coping mechanisms with efforts that work better in helping us to protect ourselves, to have good relationships, and to have happier lives. We can check in with ourselves: how would my Compassionate Self approach this situation if it were in control? This is hard work and is done with the deepest respect for the courage that you show. A compassionate approach recognises that life is filled with difficulties and that we all feel pain, fear, sadness, anger, loss, grief, and broken-heartedness in our lives. It recognises that these are not signs of weakness, but are normal human experiences.
A humanistic approach can help a client to explore feeling safe in their true or 'core' self, to soften into themselves, and to develop greater awareness of how they 'do' themselves. Therapy can help you to become more whole, to heal old wounds, to see through fears, to learn self-acceptance, and to develop your compassion for yourself.
I work with distress, however it arises, whether that be anxiety, sadness, fear, anger, depression. I work with compassion, non-judgement, and help a client to notice what is happening in their mind, and to connect to their feelings in a way that offers the potential for change. Many clients may feel initially that they have lost their curiosity for the world, and gaining a deeper sense of themselves can be a restorative, creative and kind way to become more aware of positive ways of working, and noticing where and how they might become stuck.
Compassion-Focused therapy draws upon evolutionary psychology, a model of emotions based in neuroscience, and uses contemporary practices to develop self-compassion and mindfulness which have their roots in Buddhist psychology. The therapy aims to apply powerful change strategies in ways that are designed to help to reduce distress, such as shame and self-criticism, and to promote compassion for all, including both the self and other.
Mindfulness based psychotherapy integrates aspects of Buddhist psychology alongside Western psychotherapeutic development theory. It combines them both with the latest insights and research findings from neuroscience (the study of the brain and the nervous system). Buddhism teaches about the nature of the self, western psychotherapy understands how we develop into the self in response to life's experiences and neuroscience explains how the self manifests in our bodies in the present moment.
This therapeutic approach invites us to bring attention to our inner life. We work at seeing our thoughts and not getting caught up so much in believing them. This work involves feeling our feelings, and staying with our feelings so that a space can open up with the possibility of connecting with our wholeness. Mindfulness based psychotherapy works with the power of our awareness in the present moment to explore the nature of who we are and how we suffer. When we notice our thoughts and emotions as they arise, and become aware of them, we can decide what actions we want to take, rather than being controlled by them.
This approach gives us a way of working in the present moment to explore and potentially transform both our relationship to ourselves, and our relationship to others. Instead of our bad mood feeding itself, we can work with our brains to create positive spirals. We can help ourselves to feel safe, and develop emotions like compassion that help us to regulate our system and create more balance. When we become separate from our self, we can manifest distress in our lives in many different forms, such as trauma, confusion, fear, deep sadness, anger and addiction. The intention of a therapeutic interaction is to help someone to reconnect with themselves, knowing that as they do so, their own innate wisdom can guide them in the right direction.
A compassionate approach is not afraid of going to some difficult places in the present moment. Recognising where we may be disconnected from ourselves can clear the pathway for real contact with ourselves and others.
If we can come into relation with ourselves with kindness when we are stuck, there is the possibility for a shift or change. This can happen when we we pause, allow, investigate and bring kindness to ourselves. Memories, images or words might come up from the subconscious as we feel into our emotions and feelings, and where we hold them in the body. The therapy invites all feelings into the space without judgement, but with real curiosity for what they might mean and the message they might bring. These could be past childhood difficulties, where original emotional pain was created, which have had a real impact on our lives today.
'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.' - Stephen Batchelor
In addition to counselling for 5 years, I have been working in education for 20 years, and am currently studying a masters in psychotherapy, which focuses on mindfulness techniques, being present and noticing our inner processes. My own transition from working in the field of education into psychotherapy has come from my own deepening into suffering and awareness of my own therapeutic process.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the first step?
The first step is for you to contact me via phone or email to express your interest in us working together. It is important to find a therapist to work with who feels right for you. This is why I suggest an initial 1 hour consultation - at a reduced fee of £20 - this gives us an opportunity to meet and get a sense of each other ... for you to find out how I work and for me to find out what brings you to psychotherapy.
How long is a session and how often do we meet?
Each session lasts for one hour and if we decide to work together, we will meet on the same day at the same time each week. We will agree on this at our initial consultation. I suggest that we initially commit to working together for six weeks and then review where we are at this point.
How much does it cost?
Therapy is at £45 for the hourly session. As a Member of BACP, I am currently applying for full accreditation with BACP and am also studying the masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, having already qualified as a humanistic therapist. So the cost reflects where I am in terms of training and experience.
How long does it take?
I would suggest we work weekly for an initial 8 weeks and have a review at that period to see how the work is going and how you are engaging with the process of therapy. Then we the work would be ongoing and we would continue to work weekly.
What about safety and confidentiality?
I create a space for you that is welcoming and safe. This is your opportunity to be deeply listened to, and to say or explore things that you may not have found easy to say or explore before. I abide by the BACP Ethical guidelines regarding confidentiality.
Tel: 07533 496568 / 02920 192157 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
£45 for a 60 minute session.
The first session will be at a reduced rate of £20, to see what therapy with me would be like, and to go through a contract and assessment. This is because it is really important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you work with.
'If you know you're the ocean, you're not afraid of the waves. The waves are still there, but you're not afraid - there's trust' - Tara Brach (Tarabrach.com)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings, some day time availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|