Heather Coombe Accredited MBACP, Dip Couns.
14A Woods Hill
While you may have already spoken to a friend or family member, the process of being listened to by a trained counsellor, who is separate from the rest of your life, will feel very different. I am like your mobile mirror, offering insights and reflections rather than opinions and solutions. My priority is to create an atmosphere where you feel respected and safe to explore your thoughts and feelings without any pressure or judgement.
Everyone is different and my integrative training allows me to draw from various therapeutic styles to best suit your individual needs. I work at your pace with whatever material you bring to the therapy. My goal is to facilitate you to find your own answers, so having gained a better understanding of yourself and past events, you can choose what you want for your future.
I have experience in most areas of counselling and have listed some of these below. I also have specialist training in eating disorders and bereavement and couples counselling.
Depression -Symptoms might include; losing one's enjoyment in life, insomnia, lethargy, high anxiety, overwhelming sadness, numbness, feeling 'outside' of oneself and removed from feeling.
Relationship Breakdown - Whether you are having a relational difficulty at home, work, or with a friend, it can be acutely stressful and hard to find a solution. It may be that you're stuck in a negative pattern of relating, or confused by why the nature of the relationship has changed. Counselling will give you the space to explore what's happening in the relationship and to gain a better understanding of what you need for yourself going forward.
Anxiety/Stress - there are often times in our lives when we feel sad and overwhelmed by things. However, If you're constantly worried for an extended time, then it may be that you are suffering from anxiety, which can be exhausting and debilitating to live with long term. Addressing the underlying causes along side finding coping strategies will benefit your wellbeing and personal health.
Panic Attacks - A debilitating and frightening condition in which you feel something terrible is about to happen. The fear may be preventing you from making the most of your life. Counselling can help to learn techniques to reduce the panic and learn what may be causing it.
Traumas - This would include sexual and emotional abuse, bullying, an accident or a stressful incident at work. It's important to try and make sense of it and become familiar with some coping mechanisms to help with the accompanying difficult feelings .
Eating Disorders- (See below for more details.)
Bereavement - Bereavement can be very complex and grief can manifest itself in unexpected and frightening ways. You may feel overwhelming sadness, rage or perhaps completely void of feeling. There is no 'right' way to grieve. Talking about your loss will help to process the unbearable feelings, whatever they may be. Losses oocur in many aspects of life besides death, and may also include the loss of your health, a job or a breakdown in a relationship.
Whatever the reason that prompts a client to make that courageous initial contact, I find that people who come to counselling discover a much better understanding of themselves and become aware of the underlying reasons behind their pattern of behaviour. This can often be the key to change and can mark the beginning of a more positive way forward.
Choosing a partner and staying together through life's ups and downs is rarely simple. The nature of life is that it is constantly moving forward, throwing us into constant stages of transition: moving, having a baby, changes at work, bereavements, empty nesting etc. There may also be changes in our bodies and health. Any one of these can have an adverse impact on your relationship. You may find yourselves growing apart, struggling with intimacy, trust or betrayal. Infidelity in a relationship can feel catastrophic and traumatic and is often the trigger for seeking help. Very few relationships exist conflict free.
In order to bring about change, something different needs to happen. In couples counselling we’ll unpack the dynamics of the relationship. We'll look at how external factors such as family values, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship and help you understand how your past relationships will affect how you act (and react) in the present. Counselling can identify patterns of behavior and show us what is helpful in your relationship and what is not. Working in the sessions with your partner helps you to be heard and to be understood.
As your counselling sessions progress and this understanding deepens, you will become more able to decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you. Some couples may overcome their problems and find new ways of being together. For other couples the relationship may feel very stuck or broken and decide it’s time to part ways.
I see my role as providing an environment in which you can explore your feelings and emotions openly and without fear of judgement. I will support you throughout the process as you find your own resolutions, based on the new perspective and deeper understanding gained through your counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- Learning to work with Couples - 2018
- Working with the Shadow - 2017
- Sand tray Therapy - 2017
- Transactional Analysis - 2016
- Master Practitioner of Eating Disorders and Obesity - 2015
- Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders - 2015
- Essential Obesity - Psychological Approaches - 2015
- Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), 2012 - 2014
- Nutritional Interventions for eating disorders - 2014
- Certificate in Bereavement - 2014
- Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - UKCP and BACP accredited course. 2011 - 2012 (BCPC)
- BA (Hons) in Sociology - 1985
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in eating disorders, as I want to use my experience and training to help others to reengage in living their life free from the imprisoning constraints of an eating disorder. I trained in London at the National Centre for Eating disorders, which was the most comprehensive programme that I found in the UK.
My work is two fold; practical interventions, including nutritional guidance, combined with core counselling. I can help with following eating disorders:-
- Binge /Compulisve/Emotional Eating
- Sugar addiction
Eating disorders can take control of your life, leaving no space for you. It may feel as though you've lost yourself and in your place there are feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and sometimes, self-loathing. Add to this poor body image and a punitive self-critical voice. It can cast a dark shadow over your life. We’ll work together collaboratively to change the way you feel about yourself. It's hard to recover unitl you believe that you're worth it, and therein lies the heart of the therapy.
Carers - Watching a loved one suffer from an eating disorder is extremely stressful and exhausting. It’s hard to know what’s the ‘right’ thing to do and say. I can guide you how best to support your loved one, give you relevant information about the disorder as well as provide emotional support.
If you’d like to know more, I offer a free initial consultation so you can see whether you feel my approach is right for you.
Please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion if you would like to talk more about how counselling could help in your situation.
I offer a free initial consultation in which we can talk about your expectations from counselling and you can see whether my approach feels right for you.
Counselling Sessions are £40 for 50 minutes
Couples Counselling: £45 for 60 minutes
Eating Disorders and Obesity Clients: £45 for 50 minutes. The higher fee is a reflection of the extra work outside of the sessions. I can talk about this with you.
It is entirely up to you how long you come for counselling. For some people just a few sessions can help, others choose to stay longer depending on their individual needs.
I work from a comfortable private room tucked away at the top of a garden path. It's a peaceful setting with views over the local valley.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments available
Types of client