Life happens to us in so many ways - a curved ball can come your way at any time - you may know what is troubling you - you may not. You may feel rubbish about yourself and your life in general, you may feel fine about some aspects of life but want to sort out something specific.
See below for a bit of information about Trauma work, Boarding School Survivors, Outdoor Therapy, Faith, Spirituality & Creativity, Gender and Sexuality
I can work in the short term to look at specific things that may be affecting you - such as relationships, difficulties at work, dealing with a change etc. I recommend at least six sessions
I also work longer term to look at the underlying factors that affect you in your life and how you feel about yourself and your life, changes you may want to make, difficulties in making change, unhelpful patterns of thought or behavior that you don't like or feel damage or limit you.
There are a wide range of ways of describing difficulties in managing life - such as depression, anxiety, addictions etc etc - the best thing is to come and talk about how you experience your life and between us we can figure out what ways of working together would best support you. This will help you to be clear about changes you would like to make, or feelings, patterns of thought or behavior that you would like to look at in more depth.
Working with trauma.
I can work with trauma, including PTSD. Our work together will enable you to develop ways of gaining greater control of troubling impacts such as nightmares and flashbacks, intrusive images of past events or people etc. This way of working does not rely on you having to re-live or talk about the most difficult times in your life. I'll repeat that - you do not have to disclose what has happened to you in order for the therapy to be effective - the work concentrates on calming your nervous system so that you are in greater control of thoughts, feelings, flashbacks etc etc. And of course you can talk about your experiences if you choose, I am able to hear what you may want to say - the point is you are in control of what you tell me.
This isn't quick-fix work however. If you are able to only manage a short number of sessions we will look at what will help you most in that time.
I have organised Babette Rothschild - a world-leading trauma therapist, trainer and author of best selling books to deliver her training in Wales in 2015,16 & 2017.
Boarding School survivors.
If boarding school is part of your history and has had a negative impact on you you may want to look at the emotional legacy this has left you with.
I can work out of doors with you in a variety of locations between Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader. There may be many reasons why you would like work this way. Initially we will meet indoors to discuss what you want and how we can safely set up future sessions. Working out of doors can be incredibly liberating and enriching - it is certainly worth thinking about - no matter what has led you to counselling/therapy.
Working with faith, spirituality and creativity.
I have great regard for a life of faith and spiritual exploration - however you describe that. I have some awareness of the field of spiritual emergence/cy and would be very open to this aspect being a part of or a main focus of therapy for you.
Similarly if you are a creative person, either for your own pleasure or professionally, that aspect of you may well be important to recognise and work with in therapy.
Gender, Sexuality and Sex
You may be settled with your gender identity and feel fine about sexual matters - or either of these may affect your life in negative ways. I am not a trained sex therapist, but it is common for sexual matters - whether sex in current or past relationships or sexual orientation to be a factor in therapy/counselling sessions.
I have worked with a wide range of people including those who have used/prefer not to use mental health services and men in prison.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma Gestalt Therapy; C.S.S., Cert Group & Family Work
Direct training with Babette Rothschild - Trauma therapy
Ecopsychology - training and I have run outdoor sessions and workshops on Ecotherapy.
I deliver training on Supporting Clients with a Trauma History, Listening skills, Self Care for Managers and Supervision for the Care sector.
I also run various groups from time to time.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Supervision. I am an experienced supervisor of staff as a line and have delivered training on supervission to new managers. I amnow completing a certificate in Creative Supervision for counsellors and therapists. I will be offering reduced rate for supervision until the course ends (completion due by June)
- I have listed a range of pre-set options - including a variety of 'disorders'. However I recognise that diagnostic system is not the only way of understanding the experiences that you have of being you - I recognise the impact of adverse, challenging and often cumulative life circumstances and respect the many creative ways we have of adapting to the those circumstances.
- I also offer out-door sessions - in wild nature - or gentle walking and talking
- I offer personal development (PD) groups, eco-therapy/eco-psychology groups and professional reflective practice groups according to demand - if you are interested in a group please get. Depending on the need and proposed frequency of groups I am prepared to travel - please contact me to discuss your needs
£45.00 per full hour. Concessions Available.
Confidentially and counselling/therapy in rural areas.
I like to be really clear about confidentiality.
There is an ethical guideline about not working with people where there is another role - such as a colleague, relation, friend etc. In rural areas however links between us, such as both knowing some people or workplace connections can occur as your story unfolds.
I never discuss my work with other people apart from my supervisor - see below. Beyond that I don't mention names or any identifying features - I may say "I have a client booked for 10 am" That's all. If asked I would neither confirm nor deny that I am seeing a named person. It is no-one's business but yours. Where possible I avoid situations where I reasonably think, or know , that a client will be - such as social or interest gatherings.
I am bound by the ethical code of practice of BACP. I receive supervision from a senior practitioner which helps guide my work and ensures that you get the best service from me. That person is also bound by the same code of ethics.
I may be obliged to break confidentially if required to do so by law (The prevention of Terrorism Act e.g.) or if there is danger to a third person.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can be flexible with appointment times and can offer some evening sessions - or early morning
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have many years experience supervising staff in a variety of roles and have designed and delivered short courses on supervision to new managers.View supervision profile