Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
07533 496568 / 07533 496568
- We look at ourselves with curiosity and compassion
- We can accept our feelings without judgement
- We can make empowered choices for ourselves
- We can better understand our past and present distress
- We work towards change
I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental space for you to bring whatever issues and challenges you are facing. I help you to explore what is going on with those issues or challenges, and also bring in your present moment experience, such as how you are experiencing the here-and-now also in the therapeutic relationship. I encourage you to deepen into your present moment experience, so that you bring more awareness to what is happening now in your inner emotional world. There are different ways to do this, from talking about your experience, and also noticing how you are experiencing your feelings in your body, to noticing images, sensations and other creative processes.
I work with distress, from anxiety, anger, fear and sadness, with compassion and empathy at the heart of the work.
I use current mindfulness techniques, which involves inviting you to turn towards your distress, and stay with your difficult feelings. This could be from current through to childhood difficulties. By becoming more aware of our feelings and responses to our past and present, and looking at the cause of our distress, there is real potential for change.
My grounding in humanistic counselling places empathy, congruence and non-judgment at the centre of the work. My current masters training in Core Process Psychotherapy at Karuna Institute (Karuna meaning compassion) has deepened my skills in helping a client to deepen into their feelings and inner emotional life, bringing with it greater awareness with the potential for change.
I also integrate existentialist counselling in the work, which looks at our choices at the level of our existence, and assumes that we face 4 main givens in life:
1. Our awareness of death and wish to be alive
2. Our responsibility for our choices and actions
3. Our isolation: we enter this world alone, and we must leave it alone
4. Our meaning-making: it is up to the individual to make meaning out of life
An existentialist approach also considers our different 'realms' of being in life:
1. Physical dimension: on the physical dimension we relate to our environment and to the givens of the natural world around us.
2. Social dimension: on the social dimension we relate to others as we interact with the public world around us.
3. Psychological dimension: on the psychological dimension we relate to ourselves and in this way create a personal world.
4. Spiritual dimension: on the spiritual dimension we relate to the unknown and thus create a sense of an ideal world, an ideology and a philosophical outlook.
I see the work as very creative: in feeling our feelings, we can become more open in our lives and more in tune with our sensitivity.
'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
I have been counselling for 6 years, and am currently undergoing further training in mindfulness based psychotherapy. Because of my psychotherapeutic trainee status, I am offering counselling, integrated with mindfulness psychotherapy, at a reasonable £45 an hour.
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?
The space 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: email@example.com
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|