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MBACP, Adv Dip Coun. Counsellor, Ecotherapist

About me

Do you live with the impacts of trauma or an overwhelming experience? Maybe you feel stuck with feelings of depression or anxiety and this has taken the joy out of your life?

I'm a warm, down to earth, empathic Counsellor and Ecotherapist, offering a safe, confidential and compassionate space, while supporting you to explore what's most needed.

About you 

Are you suffering from chronic stress, anxiety or depression or a whole host of other painful feelings like sadness and fear, anger, helplessness or numbness? Or are you finding it hard to deal with the current climate or ecological crisis?

Chronic stress profoundly changes the way you relate with yourself and others, making life feel like a constant challenge, while also impacting your health.

Imagine how would it be, if you could process past trauma or current chronic stress, compassionately? I will help you by teaching some simple psychoeducation and self care techniques. Which are aimed to support you to regulate, soothe and relieve stress within the nervous system. While you discover inner resources and skills that support your ability to navigate daily life with more ease, connection and well-being. 

My Approach

My approach is person centred, I believe kind, non-judgmental, honest and respectful relationship provides the right conditions, for our innate capacity for healing to thrive. As you explore what's most needed, I'll empathically feel and listen as you share. I'll often guide you to notice physical sensations, thoughts and feelings. As this mindful approach supports your innate ability, to reconnect with the bodies natural healing and integration capacities. 

I work with a Polyvagal approach to counselling. An understanding of how our autonomic nervous system (ANS) reacts to experiences, by initiating responses that help us navigate towards more safety. You've likely heard of the fight, flight and freeze responses.

Unfortunately; within our modern-day ways of living, it's common for these ANS responses to get stuck in the protective cycles of fight, flight or freeze. This leads to living a life, which is filled with chronic stress, feelings of anxiety or depression, fear and isolation. 

This is significant because when our nervous system is stuck in these defensive patterns, our body-mind is in a survival maintenance mode. Where our healing capacities, ability to thrive and enjoy life is profoundly reduced. 

However; when we do feel safe our body-mind naturally feels nourished by this, as we feel more connection, ease and well-being. Our body-mind naturally heals and repairs when we feel safe, at the root level of our biology. 

With a polyvagal approach to counselling, you can learn to become more aware of this process and develop new skills. Skills that support your body-mind to reconnect with safety, connection and well-being.

If you'd like to learn more about my approach, go to my website or call me / email me to arrange a free initial 30 min introductory appointment. 

Ways to work with me

In person

Online - Via Zoom

Outdoor counselling and Ecotherapy Sessions.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Current Training

  • One year of Polyvagal Theory - Deb Dana
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology - Daniel Seigel

Qualifications

  • Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Basic Practitioner Training Course
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic counselling - Level 5
  •  Ten Directions Eco-therapy training, Certificate in other centred   environmentally based therapies
  • The Heart of Trauma - Bonnie Badenoch
  • One year Nature Immersion and Bush Craft training Trackways - Thomas Schorr-Kon
  • Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring
  • Working with Trauma - Carolyn Spring
  • The rewind Technique - Human Givens
  • Evolutionary Relationships - Terry Real &Thomas Hubl
  • Mystical principles of Healing - Thomas Hubl
  • Transparent communication - Thomas Hubl
  • Mystical principle of relationship - Thomas Hubl
  • Transpersonal meditation, mindfulness and deep exploration of Self- 12 years study and practice - Adyashanti
  • One year Core Shamanism - The Sacred Trust - Simon Buxton
  • Certificate In Counselling

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Developmental Trauma
  • Climate and Ecological Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Mindfulness
  • Healing with nature in mind.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

I offer a number of concessions for students and people on low incomes.

I'm currently at capacity with these concessionary rates. 

When I work

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I currently have an early appointment available on Thursday mornings from 7.45 am. 

Further information

For more details visit my website.  www.befriendinglife.org          

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom