Rhonda Cleary Registred MBACP Counsellor/Pschotherapist
Hello and welcome, My name is Rhonda I work online and from a wooden round house within the garden. I have been a qualified counsellor for several years, working with adults and young people age 14 up either face to face or online. There may be times in life when we feel we may benefit from some professional support. I offer a confidential, non judgmental counselling service.
Being someone whom has worked within the area of wellbeing, people support and one to one work within education also within therapy environments for around 30 years counselling was a natural progression for me.
The area I am qualified in is Humanistic Gestalt Therapy which is a talking therapy and a creative type of Psychotherapy working with the awareness of seeing you as a whole person, working closely with your mental health as well as your physical and emotional wellbeing.
I work with the “here and now” which is a very present type of counselling, however often things from the past may emerge as unfinished business into the counselling relationship. Having covered modules within the areas of CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic all modalities of counselling will ebb and flow into each other.
Gestalt the modality I am qualified in works very closely with the whole being connecting with you within a very embodied way. Bringing your awareness to your internal self and creating space for you to become aware of your whole self. At times elements of explorative creativity using tools such as buttons, stones, art work, meditation, colour therapy, two chair work, creative writing may also be introduced.
I will always check with you first to see if you felt these creative experiments were ones you could work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 1988 I worked on Paul Newman's Summer Camp "The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp" with terminally ill young people.
It was here I was first introduced to great team work and one to one connections such as Relaxation Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness along with Counselling Skills. This experience set me up at a very early age towards my focus in life.
Following this I studied:
1992-1994: Leeds Metropolitan University: Diploma in Higher Education Play Work including modules: Play Therapy (including a Play Therapy Placement/ Art as Therapy/Drama Therapy) Covering the importance of creative expression for both young people and adults.
1998-2002 Relaxation Therapy M.A.S.C
Colour Therapy: Iris International School of Colour Therapy Totnes
2009 Level 1: Certificate in Introduction to counselling skills/ AQA/Wiltshire College
2010 Level 2: Certificate into The First steps into the Theory of Counselling/AQA/Wiltshire College
2010 to 2011: Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies/Theory and Practice/ CPCAB/Wiltshire College
2012 to 2014: Diploma in Higher Education in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling/
The University of Winchester
2012 to 2015: Workshops attended:
Sand Tray Therapy/ Creative Expression/ Dream Workshop/ Mask Therapy/ Art Therapy/
Methods to work with anxiety/ What is depression? /Meditation Groups have attended and ran workshops.
2013 Certificate: The Endorphin Effect/ William Bloom: Glastonbury (ways to release endorphins and techniques for everyday stress)
2015: Certificate: ASIST Training/ Suicide Intervention/PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide UK)
Professional and Personal Experience in working in the area of Addiction and Recovery.
2016: February to April: Mindfulness Stress Reduction
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In reflection to "The areas of counselling I work " (the above section) being a Humanistic Gestalt counsellor I always see the client as a person in their own idenity "authentic self" before their label/diagnosis. I like to work in the "here and now" and follow what becomes figural within the counselling room, sometimes this will stay in the present or take us back to unfinished business. Some clients may like to use experiments and explore creatively and others may prefer to talk, I will work with whatever works for you.
*Anxiety and Depression are areas which I have been naturally working with and focusing on within the last few years.
*Exam pressure GCSEs, A-levels and University
*Blocks to Creativity and Self-Awareness
*Adults and Young People
*Awareness/Mindfulness/Affirmations/Relaxation Releasing and Becoming present
*Working with clients with long term illnesses, in which I have personal and professional experience
* This new area of uncertainty which has emerged since March 2020
Please can the fees be paid via bank transfer a week before the session, thank you
pricing from July 1st 2020
I offer a free 20 minute online consultation.
Young people age 14 to 20.
£15 for E-therapy (email therapy) 30 minutes
£30 for online therapy for 30 minutes
£25 for E-therapy (email therapy) lasting 30 minutes
£45 for 50 minutes online talking therapy (and face to face within the therapy room when it becomes available)
E-therapy the client can send up to 4 emails throughout the week creating space for you to offload and process some of your thoughts and feelings.The counsellor will carefully read through the emails in their own time processing a response. The counsellor will connect with the client within the allocated 30 minute agreed time where the client and counsellor can connect for 30 minutes.
Online face-to-face counselling consists of Zoom, FaceTime and WhatsApp it is a similar experience to working within the therapy room. The client and counsellor can see each other and hear each other, this form of counselling works very closely with the counselling relationship.
Concessions offered for
I hold full Balen's Medical Insurance.
I hold a recent Uk Disclosure Certificate
Registered Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide/follow there code of Ethics and Morale qualities.
I have regular Supervision with a qualified Psychotherapist/Counselling Supervisor.
2000 to 2007 Worked within a college as a Student Learner support Assistant for 7 years, with young people and adults (both mainstream and specific learning difficulties)
2013 to 2014 Worked as a Volunteer Counsellor at Basingstoke College of Technology with young people and adults (students and staff)
2013 to 2014 Worked with adults as a Volunteer Counsellor at MIND/ Covering many areas of mental health
Present date I work as an independent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with adults and young people online and within The Wooden Round House Charlton.
The Olive branch Winchester
2019: Creative Explorative experiments in Gestalt psychotherapy
2020: Workshop of different attachment styles