Rhonda Cleary Registered MBACP Humanistic Gestalt Psychotheraputic Counsellor
Hello and welcome to my counselling profile.
The BACP suggests and I believe it is always advisable to meet at least 2 to 3 counsellor before you both make an agreement to work together. Sometimes this can be decided as soon as the client meets a counsellor. With this in mind I do not charge for the first initial 15 to 30 minute consultation.
I offer one to one with adults and young people.
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP, offering a humanistic, relational and non-judgemental approach .
The modality I specialise in is a Psychotherapeutic Humanistic/Gestalt model which works with the client in relation to their environment.
I offer a confidential, safe and trusting held space in which you are invited to share any concerns or personal issues which may have come up for you.This can be achieved by talking, creating, exploring and using models such as Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
The counselling room is called The Wooden Round House it has a beautiful natural view of a abandoned watercress bed, which is often full of wild life. The scene creates a relaxing, comfortable space both inside and out.
At the entrance there is a wooden sign and gate, you are invited to wait beyond the gate on the bench until it is your session time or within your car. I work to a firm boundary of time as I often have clients before and after each other.
Training, qualifications & experience
30 years ago in 1988 I worked on Paul Newman's Summer Camp "The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp" with terminally ill children and young people.
It was here I was first introduced to 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, Sand Tray Therapy, Art as therapy, Balloon Therapy, non-directive and directive play, role play, imaginative explorative therapeutic play, playing out deeper emotions through play) Drama as Therapy, Exploring Creativity and Expressive Arts for Children, young people and adults. Movement as therapy and all forms of play including developmental and adventure play.
The Play Therapy Placement was at Lime Tree's Family Centre York
1998-2002 Relaxation Therapy and 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
*Blocks to Creativity and Self-Awareness
*Adults and Children/Young People
*Awareness/Mindfulness/Affirmations/Relaxation Releasing and Becoming present
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I offer affordable, short and long term counselling.
The short term counselling sessions can last from 6 to 12 weeks or maybe longer depending on your individual needs. Long term counselling has no set time limit.
Adults £40 for a 50 minute counselling session
Adults £75 for a double counselling session of 100 minutes
Under 18's (age 8 up) £40 for a 50 minute session
Under 18's (age 8 up) £25 for a 30 minute session
I have 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)
2012 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
2014 to 2015 Worked as a School Counsellor within Schools in Wiltshire
2016 to present date I work as an independent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with adults and young people within The Wooden Round House Charlton.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
From the end of April I will have a couple of availabilities on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Types of client