Mo Ostler Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
In response to the enforced isolation rules coming into place, I now offer sessions remotely; either face to face online or by telephone. This can be a very effective way of working, where you work in the comfort of your own home and session times are much more flexible.
I have over 30 years of working therapeutically. I offer counselling, psychotherapy, life coaching and supervision. I work with adults and children, couples and families. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is the cornerstone to the work and I encourage you to findsomebody you feel comfortable with. I may or may not be right for you. I offer free initial consultations to facilitate this.
It can be hard sometimes, to reach out; to admit, even to yourself, that you need help. My hope is that I give the people that see me a place to relax and be themselves; in all that that may entail. I offer a warm welcome to all the parts of those who come to see me……both the parts that didn’t/don’t want to come, and those parts that recognise the need to. Whatever you might bring, however you might be.
You may be looking to increase your self confidence
You may be looking for new ways of communicating
Perhaps you are wanting to come to terms with loss, or another issue
You may be wanting to reconcile yourself with someone or something
Maybe there is the possibility of a new way of living and approaching things
Or perhaps you are wanting to find a new direction in your life
You may be asking yourself questions that you want to explore
Whatever you may bring, you are welcome. Either therapy or coaching may feel appropriate for you, depending on where you feel you are in yourself. both processes can be empowering and life changing, and can be the first step on your path of self discovery. Perhaps you are tired of merely surviving and are ready to thrive!
Training and Experience
Sometimes the psychotherapeutic approach feels inappropriate as the kind of support we may feel we need. It may be that our lives feel good but that we are looking for a different kind of support, or a coach, for some new steps or directions we are making in our lives.
During coaching, I focus on the here and now, looking at your strengths and how you can use them to move yourself forward. In my positon as coach I point out areas of weakness and old habits that are no longer serving you. Clients are encouraged find new ways of thinking about and approaching things; it is truly possible to reinvent the person we have become, perhaps learning how to turn any perceived weaknesses as strengths that can help us find our way. . Employing me as a coach means that you are ready to explore, grow, develop, and perhaps have fun along the way!
I have trained both in Hakomi Psychotherapy and also extensively in Process Oriented Psychology (over 10 years). I love this work and the scope that it gives to us as human beings, taking in all of our experience, seen and unseen. It owes much of its design to Jung and as such is intent on following the conscious and unconscious signals in our known and unknown dreaming and waking lives. I believe that each of us has within us the answers that we seek, and together we discover where in our bodies or our dreams, our intended and unintended communications, those answers lie. Along with the children, adults also have access to creative media, which can be a powerful addition to the work.
Children and Young People
After many years of working with adults, I then trained to work in depth with children. I work with children using Play Therapy using a variety of toys and creative media, providing a safe place for them to explore any issues or problems they might have; without the need for words if necessary. Children and young people often do not have the vocabulary or concepts to be able to express what is happening for them; their language is play. Words often; but not always, come as they unravel things and they begin make sense of their worlds. I am particulary interested in working around issues of attachment which are at the basis of many of children's problems. I am interested in working with parents and carers along with their children as well as with children and adults separately. I incorporate the ideas of Dan Hughes, who developed Diadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an effective way of working with attachment problems which have often developed as a result of developmental traumas.
Training, qualifications & experience
3 year training in Polarity Therapy - this is a form of bodywork which works to release areas of stagnation in the body. Through it I learned to understand where we can hold and release tension.
2 year training in Hakomi Psychotherapy - Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word which means 'who are you in relation to these many realms'. This was the beginning of my exploration into the many different faces that we all carry in the world.
Four years working with teenagers with severe social, behavioural and emotional problems. This opened my eyes to the very real struggles of many children.
10 years training in Process Oriented Psychology - through process work we learn to follow process; it is an awareness practice through which, by following our dreams, symptoms, and unintended communications, we discover answers to even the most challenging problems.
3 years training in Play and Creative Arts Therapy; learning to use play and creative media to help both children and adults explore and resolve issues, leading to a place of acceptance and resolution.
10 years practising with the Community of Interbeing, a Buddhist community based on mindfulness and compassion, which informs and stabilises my work and life.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fees are £45/ £60 per hour, based on what you feel you can afford.
I offer some concessionary places to those who find this fee difficult to meet.