Counselling

There are times in our life when we simply need to talk to someone other than family and friends and to feel heard and understood.  Counselling is setting time aside for you to talk about your thoughts and how you are feeling with the support and guidance of a trained therapist.  Within a safe and confidential meeting place, the aspiration is for you to make sense of your world and to put things into perspective; to feel in control and confident to make those changes in your life, which you need to happen.

You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to talk to someone; you may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or seeking balance in your life and spirituality.counsellingThe Therapeutic Message.

How can therapy be of help?  It cannot give us back our lost childhood, nor can it change the past facts.  No one can heal by maintaining or fostering illusion.  The paradise of pre-ambivalent harmony, for which so many clients hope, is unattainable.  The experience of one’s own truth…the post-ambivalent knowledge of it, make it possible to return to one’s own feelings at an adult level – without paradise, but with the ability to mourn (which can) give us back our vitality.  Quotation Alice Miller.

As your counsellor I will:

  • Offer a safe, confidential place, where you can talk about yourself and your life, which may be painful or confusing and may make you feel uncomfortable, angry or unhappy.
  • Offer an opportunity for you to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family and friends.
  • Offer a place and time just for you to talk about those things that bother you.
  • Listen to the way you feel and how this affects you and others.
  • Accept the way you are without judging you.
  • Help you to make the changes you would like to happen.giz a hand
  • Work with you towards improving your well being.

I will not:

  • Offer to ‘cure’ you.
  • Judge you.
  • Make decisions for you.
  • Take advantage of you in any way.
  • Spend time talking about my problems.
  • Inappropriately discuss what you and I talk about with other people.

What is counselling? I follow the generic counselling approach as set out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, there are four components to this:

1. Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationships that develop self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth, and personal resources.

2. The overall aim is to live more fully and satisfyingly.

3. Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crises, working through inner feelings and inner conflict, or improving relationships with others.

4. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the client’s work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources, and capacity for self-determination.

Rates, Sessions and Availability.

Sessions are £45 per 50 minutes.  Lower rates are negotiable in extreme cases.  I work on a one-to-one basis, via Skype or face to face from The Harmony Centre, Walpole, Suffolk IP19 9BB, Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre, Beccles NR34 9HE and the Mill House, Oulton Broad, NR32 3LN.  Appointments available Monday to Saturday.

Qualifications.

My counselling qualifications are awarded by the UK’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).  I’m a  member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and listed on the BACP’s Voluntary Register (No 083879).  I adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy, which is a set of guidelines striving to standardise the profession and ensure Best Practice. I am obligated to have regular supervision to monitor my effectiveness, indemnity insurance and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to keep up to-date with the latest research and academia.  Recent completed CPD courses in:  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course; Frontiers in the Treatment of Trauma, by Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk from The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine; Cancer and Counselling with PsychotherapyUK.

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How I work.

Working on a one to one basis, using various techniques as and when applicable, such as Mindfulness, Qi Gong, sand play and psychological astrology.  Transpersonal and person centred theoretical counselling approaches.

Psychological Astrology is a useful ancient self-diagnostic tool.  Its benefits are working with clients who sense something isn’t right but are unsure where to start and the birth chart, maps the personality highlighting conscious and unconscious behavioural and thought patterns. Astrology gives the therapist and client an alternative language to define and externalise different parts of ourselves, e.g. our feeling world – Moon, our thinking world – Mercury.  Transits help to determine timings in our life when transformation or crisis is likely and a need for introspective work; coincidentally this is usually when clients seek help and sense a need to be proactive.  For some clients who have been in therapy for a while feeling stuck, astrology can help bring about a break through.

In sandplay therapy the client sets up a world in a sand tray (see picture below) that corresponds to their inner state using objects and figures in the arrangement of sand.  In this manner, through free, creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in a three-dimensional form.  Through a seriesFor website of images that take shape in this way, the process of individuation described by Carl Jung is stimulated and brought to fruition.  Sandplay has been termed an ‘X-ray of the Psyche’.  It is an excellent medium for those who struggle to find the words to express how they are feeling or simply do not know how they feel.

MINDFULNESS & QI GONG

Mindfulness is becoming prevalent in client work; helping clients to be in the moment.  We tend to either live in the past or project onto the future and if we are to bring about any change, we need to start with the now.  Mindfulness is simply a technique to help focus our thoughts and to use all our senses to bring one’s awareness into the now.  If disconnected to our physical self, the body, Mindfulness helps to ground, to be in the body and to use sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and intuition to determine how we feel about something or someone.  I practise Qi Gong and clients seem to benefit from physical exercises to focus the mind and to breathe into the body.

Experience.

In addition to my private practice, I work for PETALS and Big C charities specialising in:

  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Bereavement & grief
  • Loss
  • Spirituality

You can find me listed in the following Directories: Suffolk Association for Counselling and UK’s  Counselling Directory.