Natural Health Clinic
98 Cathedral Road
07533 496568 / 07533 496568
I am a humanistic existential counsellor and work with with a wide range of emotional difficulty, from anxiety, anger, fear and sadness, with compassion and empathy at the heart of the work.
I invite you to focus on your emotional pain in order to deepen into awareness and allow more space for acknowledging what is happening for you. As author Stephen Batchelor states, '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.'
By becoming more aware of our feelings and responses to our past and present, and looking at the cause of our difficulties, there is real potential for change. By connecting to the emotions in our body, we are connecting to the limitless wisdom and awareness that is already going on in our body.
Humanistic Existential Approach:
The Four Givens
A humanistic existential approach assumes the four givens of human existence: that we are all ultimately alone with our concerns, that death is an inevitability for us all, that we are free to choose how we respond to any life situation we face, and that we can take personal responsibility for those choices we make. This can help us to explore our processes at a deeper level, with the understanding that both internal and external changes are possible.
The Four Realms of Existence
The approach also invites a client to consider all aspects of their lives, that close attention is paid to any area that seems out of balance, or not quite right in some way. The personal or psychological realm concerns how we see the world, and see ourselves in that world. The physical realm includes our attitude to our bodies, and our attitudes to the environments where we place ourselves. The social realm considers how we interact with others, our relationships, social circles, work, and groups that we associate with. The spiritual realm connects us to our belief system, our values, ethics or individual deeper meanings we find in life that fit for us.
Polarities in life can be important to acknowledge in order to come to terms with how we might approach inevitable conflicts in life. We may need to become larger containers in a way in order to hold difference, tensions and difficulties, without trying to ‘fix’; and this can lead to a reconciliation to both our inner turmoil and ways of being in the world.
Empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence
A humanistic approach is empathetic, where a therapist is able to demonstrate understanding to a client. The approach also places non-judgement as a central condition for therapy, so that the client does not feel ‘stuck’ in trauma or shame and that feeling judged is not repeated in the therapy room. A therapist is also congruent or ‘real’ in the therapy room, that they are being themselves with the client rather than playing a role. These qualities aim to help a client to feel comfortable, feel met and understood and can help to create some more internal space and room for the client to be more fully with their unfolding processes.
Core Process Psychotherapy:
I am deepening my understanding of humanistic practice by currently following a 4 year Masters training course in Core Process Psychotherapy at Karuna Institute. This training emphasises the importance of compassion and draws upon aspects of Buddhist mindfulness techniques, psychodynamic techniques as well as person-centred relational therapy. How we relate to ourselves and the therapist in the room can bring insight into how we relate to ourselves and others in our lives.
Core Process Psychotherapy invites a client into depth work, with how they experience themselves being at the ‘core’ or ‘heart’ of the work. Compassion is very much at the centre of the work, where a client can consider their structures, ways of being in the world, their felt sense of themselves, with curiosity and openness, rather than shame or judgment.
Clients are asked to deepen into their awareness, by staying with difficult feelings, as best they can, working towards being with their emotional pain and acknowledging how they might avoid or escape or minimise their distress. The work involves coming into a kinder relationship with whatever has brought them to therapy, with the potential for being with, working through, and processing difficulty with the potential for change.
Although I am a trained humanistic counsellor, because I am a trainee of ‘Core Process Psychotherapy’, and am deepening into this form of practice, I am able to offer therapy at a trainee cost to the client of £35 an hour. I offer a free initial session without obligation. From here if you wish to go forward we would agree on an initial period of six weeks after which we can review the work and continue for as long as is helpful
I see the work as very creative: in deepening into our feelings, we can become more open in our lives, more authentic and allow in different ways of being that may be more effective
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the first step?
You can 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, which is free. This gives us an opportunity to meet and get a sense of each other and for you to find out how I work. It's really important that you feel comfortable with a therapist that you're working with.
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 £35 for the hourly session. I am currently deepening my counselling skills by studying Core Process Psychotherapy, which is a mindfulness based way of working. Although I am a trained counsellor, because of my new trainee status as a Core Process Psychotherapist, I am able to offer the work at a reasonable £35 whilst undergoing the 4 year masters programme.
How long does it take?
I would suggest we work weekly for an initial 6 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
In addition to being a counsellor for 8 years, I have worked in education at Further/Higher Level for 22 years. I like to resource myself through playing the classical guitar, trekking, yoga and meditation. While I would not describe myself as a 'Buddhist', I am influenced by Buddhist practice.
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
£35 for a 60 minute session.
I offer a free initial session without obligation. From here if you wish to go forward we would agree on an initial period of six weeks after which we can review the work and continue for as long as is helpful
'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|