I work with individuals and with groups, offering a 'safe' environment, one which is welcoming, respectful, warm, accepting and non-judgemental. So often in current times, it can feel as if we are 'functions' as opposed to feeling, thinking human beings so it is important to me that you are able to be and feel heard and valued. I offer both talking and person-centred art therapies, in individual or group settings. Both daytime and evening appointments are available.
In working together, we have the opportunity to build a trusting therapeutic relationship, in which meanings can emerge for you that can help to clarify what it is that is troubling you and why this could be.
In order to achieve this, I draw from a range of therapeutic models and philosophies, so that we can co-create and evolve a therapy that suits you.
At Encounter Therapy, counselling and psychotherapy is offered on an individual and group basis. In group work, I facilitate clients in working through their troubles together. Some people find this scary to begin with. However, in my experience, people soon discover that they can develop listening and relationship building skills for themselves, as well as the satisfaction of being instrumental in helping others. In today's society of 'indirect contact', some people find that group work provides the space to slow down and experience the real 'human contact' and connecting that they miss in their busy, every day lives.
PERSON-CENTRED ART THERAPY
The use of person-centred art therapy can also promote therapeutic change. Through the use of guided visualisation, you are free to imagine and to transfer whatever image comes to mind onto paper, with materials that are provided, the use of which is included in the cost of the therapy. This can sometimes evoke very deep emotions, as the 'rational' part of the brain is bypassed in favour of the 'intuitive' side, which feels rather than makes sense of. As such, this is a very powerful way of getting in touch with feelings, as they tend to surface, even if they are not immediately understood. Therefore, some clients may find that the use of person-centred art therapy accelerates therapy faster than a 'talking' therapy.
Clients are invited to experience a combination of therapies, should they so wish.
MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION & LIFESKILL CLASSES
Cultivate inner space in your busy life
Mindfulness and meditation are 'techniques' that allow the practitioner to observe/pay attention to what they are experiencing. You will have the chance to learn how to witness what you are feeling in the moment and in so doing, develop the ability to stand back from getting caught up in negative, repetitive behavioural patterns that keep you trapped in enacting unhelpful responses to unresolved triggers. You will also become aware of alternative ways in which to view life, which can enrich relationships and everyday experiencing. You will be able to cultivate a deep inner peace that can allow you to navigate your way serenely through life’s twists and turns. After all, “peace” in this instance does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart. And being part of a group will enable you to bond with others who are seeking to improve the quality of their lives.
Benefits that mindfulness & meditation can bring: Topics for life-skill classes will include:
Reduction of stress, anxiety and fatigue, which Body awareness
can lead to reduced blood pressure and reduction
of other stress related conditions. Self-esteem
More efficient immune system. Detoxify your life
Effective pain management. Effective communication
Promotion of restful, deep sleep. Freeing yourself to be you
Regulation of difficult emotions which can
Slows racing minds leading to calmness.
Improved cognitive function.
Overall enhanced well-being
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul”.
e.g Developing Coping Strategies for Carers
Effective Revision - Less Stress
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
Diploma in Integrative Supervision
PGCE Teaching and Learning HE
Continued professional training:
Doctorate (DCPsych) in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 for individuals
£70 for couples
£30 for group therapy
£55 for supervision (£45 for students)
Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 pm - 8pm Friday - 5:30 - 7pm