Counselling is therapeutic support during stressful times, personal crisis or at times when there is a general feeling of unease and discontentment. Counselling is useful when you’d like to change something in your life but are unsure how to.
What can I expect in a session?
- The counsellor helps the client to prioritise his / her needs.
- The counsellor trusts that the client is the expert on his / herself and works in a way which allows the client to assert his / her will.
- The relationship between counsellor-client is paramount and naturally evolves with time.
- Sessions embrace working together and the counsellor supports, guides and helps the client to find their own answers to personal crisis.
Trauma is an experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope. In some cases it can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma impacts the brain, body and nervous system and therapeutic intervention aims to:
- Re-integrate the brain
- Re-integrate the client’s overall sense of self
- Make meaning out of what’s happened
I currently work for Petals, a baby loss charity supporting couples and women traumatised by childbirth, still birth, miscarriages and neonatal deaths. Website link – https://petalscharity.org/
I support anyone affected by cancer including patients themselves. Typically many losses and changes need to be processed. Counselling helps clients make meaning out of what’s happened. I worked for many years at the Big C, a Cancer charity in the Norfolk and Waveney district. Website link – http://www.big-c.co.uk/
The impact of trauma and cancer can be life changing consequently it isn’t uncommon for transpersonal awareness and ‘spiritual emergence’ to unfold. Spiritual Emergence as described in Stanislav Grof’s book:
“The process of growth and change becomes chaotic and overwhelming. Individuals may feel that their sense of identity is breaking down, that their old values no longer hold true, and that the very ground beneath their personal realities is radically shifting. New realms of mystical and spiritual experience enter their lives suddenly and dramatically, resulting in fear and confusion. They feel tremendous anxiety, have difficulty coping with their daily lives, jobs and relatioships, and my even fear for their own sanity. When understood and treated in a supportive manner, spiritual emergencies can become gateways to higher levels of functioning and new ways of being.”
Link to Grof’s book on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiritual-Emergency-Personal-Transformation-Consciousness/dp/0874775388
Counselling qualifications & Training
- CPCAB Levels 2, 3 and 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Person Centred Counselling. 2010-2014
- National Institute for the Application of Behavioural Medicine’s (NICABM) – Trauma CPD
- The Impact of Perinatal Loss, Infertility and IVF on the Couple and the Family CPD
- Cancer with Psychotherapy and Counselling CPD
- Gottman Couples Therapy CPD
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
- Cruse Bereavement Training
Link to BACP article: “Online Counselling: How to make the most out of a session with your therapist”.