I am continuing to provide my therapy and counselling service on-line and by telephone calls during the Coronavirus crisis.
This is a very worrying time and a time of great change and upheaval; you may be finding that your anxiety and worry levels are high at the moment, you might be feeling emotionally cut-off, you might be reacting in well-worn but unhelpful ways. Finding ways to be kind to yourself and give yourself some positive feedback is important – and really hard sometimes too –especially if one of your well-worn ways is to be super-hard on yourself.
For safe and effective support please get in touch
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Supervision. I am a qualified clinical consultative supervisor.
- 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
I can be flexible with appointment times and can offer some evening sessions - or early morning
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.