Delphine Feneulle-Adderley - Mindfulness and Counselling at Open Space
I have over 10 years experience of supporting people suffering from stress, anxiety & depression. I have a particular interest in mental health and well-being because of dealing with my own feelings of unhappiness, emptiness and anxiety.
Whether you are seeking counselling, therapy or mindfulness training, below are five qualities which I believe will be at the core of our work together, if you choose to work with me.
Connection - Compassion - Curiosity - Courage - Confidence
For me counselling, therapy or mindfulness training, ultimately, is about two (or more) human beings sitting together. It is about our ability to connect with one another without the fear of being judged. (Let’s leave this to the outside world for now…). In our work together, I will meet you with empathy, authenticity and compassion; and the belief that as human beings we are all imperfect and vulnerable.
I believe compassion to be at the heart of my life and work. Because we are imperfect human beings, we will make mistakes. Because we live a human life we will experience difficult emotions such as resentment, regret, hopelessness or fear. But this doesn’t mean that we have to become our own worst enemy. Compassion is our innate ability to treat ourselves and others with kindness, understanding, encouragement and forgiveness. It is the antidote to self-hatred and shame which plague so many of us. In our work together, my role is to help you develop greater compassion for yourself and others whilst taking responsibility for what you do and what you need.
Albert Einstein once said that “Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results”. Whilst I would not use the word “insanity”, my experience tells me that we start to seek help when what we do is no longer working and we feel stuck. My role therefore, will be to help you “think outside the box” and develop an attitude of friendly curiosity towards yourself so that you can find new perspectives and possibilities.
Whether it is about making that first contact, exploring your own vulnerabilities, or making changes in your life, counselling, therapy or mindfulness training often requires courage. Whenever you feel ready, I will be there to support you.
I have confidence in you! Whilst I bring my own expertise, I believe that you do too - the expertise of your own life and what it is like to be you (i.e. your thoughts, feelings and experiences) . As such I will not be able to tell you what to do, neither will I analyse you or give you advice. Instead I will bring my listening skills, experience and therapeutic understanding to help you find your own answers.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a mindfulness practitioner with Bangor University in 2009 and qualified as a person-centred counsellor in 2010 with a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Strathclyde.
I have 10 years experience working for CHANGES Community Health Project in Musselburgh (a NHS funded project) supporting people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression in both one-to-one and group settings.
I am committed to both my personal and professional development. My capacity for compassion and insight are the result of years of meditation and my inner work. I regularly attend retreats, events and workshops; all of which continues to deepen my understanding of what it means to be human.
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
My standard fee for individuals is £45 per hour and may, depending on circumstances, be negotiable. Please ask. If we haven’t worked together before, I offer a reduced rate of £25 for an initial one hour appointment.
Mindfulness has become a “hot topic” in Western psychology as research suggests that mindfulness meditation can help with a variety of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, pain and chronic illness. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is shown to be as effective as antidepressant in preventing the relapse of depression.
Mindfulness can help you:
- Cope better with stress, anxiety, depression, pain, chronic illness
- Develop calmness, clarity and resilience
- Regain control of your "inner critic" and become kinder to yourself
- Improve relationships
- Increase confidence and hope
- Live life for today and enjoy life more.
One-to-one mindfulness training
While mindfulness is often introduced in a group environment, some people prefer to first experience mindfulness in a one-to-one setting. I will tailor each session to your own needs and will give you plenty of time to explore your experience in the moment. As an experienced mindfulness practitioner and trained counsellor, I will use my skills to support you in your practice of mindfulness and help you find ways to overcome any challenges.
Mindfulness drop-in sessions in Musselburgh
I offer these sessions in partnership with CHANGES Community Health Project. Each session is the opportunity for people who have completed an introductory mindfulness course or who have some experience of meditation to refresh or deepen their practice in a supportive and nourishing environment. For more information, please visit my event page on my website (www.openspacewellbeing.org.uk)
For more information about mindfulness training, please visit my website.