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MBACP (Accred) - Homecoming Therapy

About me

I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher.

My practice is called Homecoming Therapy as a part of my way of working is helping people to come home to themselves and connect to their true nature, that is always peaceful and well, even if it has become covered over as a result of life’s challenges.

I draw from western psychology and also from eastern wisdom traditions. While western psychology often focuses on that which feels wrong or broken, the wisdom traditions remind us that there is a part of us that is always perfect and whole. Embracing both of these aspects of being human is a part of my approach.

I provide a safe space and reliable relationship, allowing an opportunity to reflect, explore and be inspired, free from the roles, restrictions and risk of judgment present in other relationships and settings.

I approach therapy from a basis of compassion. I've concluded that everyone is doing the best they can, often in challenging circumstances.


I work in a way that is gentle, organic and also creative and intuitive. What emerges from our conversations informs the direction taken next, with discussion and negotiation at each step.

My experience has been that every therapeutic relationship is a unique relationship and journey. In some ways, it is just a conversation, but through following the organic process over time, certain themes and elements emerge and bring themselves into the space for contemplation and integration.

I trust the individual's capacity for healing, and I work in a way that facilitates that natural process. This tends to involve a movement from head to the heart, from thinking to sensing, developing an experience of grounding and deepening of the embodied experience. And, at the same time, opening to spaciousness, connection, and the innate sense of wellbeing that is always present - even if covered over.


Bringing these principles into therapy provides a powerful but gentle way of engaging with inner elements such as emotions and mental states, which can be met and navigated effectively and safely through these means.


As therapy progresses, there tends to be a deepening connection to inner knowing and inner resources; new perspectives emerge, and old coping strategies can be released as more creative and nuanced ways of relating to life appear.


As well as traditional counselling, I offer meditations and explorations that can provide new resources and fresh insights into states and situations. Previous clients regularly use words like 'deep' or 'powerful' about their work with me. That said, my work is also trauma-informed and appropriately paced.


I bring together several influences in the way I work. I have completed training in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy, Family Constellations therapy and iRest Yoga Nidra. I also draw from other approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, the 12-steps, non-duality and the Eastern Wisdom traditions.

If you would like to learn more about how I work, and if it is right for you, I offer a  free conversation of about 30 minutes free from obligation. (Although I ask that you only request this if you are serious about exploring working with me). 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • 1996-1999 Diploma in Counselling
  • 2001-2002 Embodied Relational Therapy Diploma
  • 2002-2003 Advanced Diploma Embodied Relational Therapy
  • 2004 - Accredited Counsellor status awarded
  • 2018- iRest Level 1 Yoga Nidra Teacher training
  • 2019-iRest Level 2 Yoga Nidra Teacher training
  • 2020 - iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher status awarded
  • 2021- Family Constellations Practitioner Training

(More information about my qualifications is on my website)

Work Experience

  • 2000-2005 Counsellor, Preston College
  • 2005-2010 Counsellor, University of South Wales
  • 2019-Present, Private Practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am able to support people who have experienced abuse from those with narcissistic traits, in families and in other interpersonal relationships.

I am a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. I I teach groups and I regularly weave in embodied meditation practices (influenced by iRest Yoga Nidra) into the 1-1 work. This supports a connection to helpful internal states and nervous system regulation that, over time, can be accessed independently. Meditation also bypasses the rational mind providing information not otherwise seen. People often find this a valuable part of working with me. I can provide recordings of meditations for use at home between sessions if this is wanted. (Although there is no pressure to do this).

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Standard sessions are between an hour and an hour and ten minutes. 

When I work

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Further information

As well as one to one therapy work, I teach a type of yoga therapy, called iRest Yoga Nidra, that supports recovery from trauma, anxiety and other mental health difficulties. More information about iRest is on my website and at www.iRest.org.

Although I draw from traditions that could be called spiritual traditions, I bring these practices and principles into my work in a secular way. I am careful to not impose any belief systems but instead seek to support people to connect to their uniqueness and wholeness, and the path that is right for them. I value and support diversity.

Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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