CAN YOU ANSWER 'YES' TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS?
Are you going through a major change in your life, such as divorce or major illness?
Or are you struggling with relationship problems, assertiveness, low self-esteem, trauma or abuse?
Do you feel depressed, stressed or anxious?
Are you finding it a struggle just getting through the day?
Are little things that used to be easy for you, now overwhelming and seeming like a major chore?
Do you waiver in your belief that you can change and have no idea where to start?
Perhaps your outer world is OK, but you think you would benefit from knowing your inner self better, and what makes you react the way you do, thus improving the quality and colour of your life?
IF SO, THEN PLEASE READ ON ...
You may feel as if you are struggling alone with some of the difficulties mentioned above. Perhaps it seems as if nobody really has the time or sufficient empathy to hear your deepest concerns. You may think that no-one can really understand you. Maybe you think that those closest to you have heard enough from you ... Well, there could be some truth in any one of those thoughts ...
So, how do you get heard and understood? How do heavy inner problems become lightweight once again? How do you get back your sense of purpose and sparkle? How do you get back to a life which feels better all round?
If you're asking yourself this type of question, then you have arrived at a very appropriate place ....
My style of holistic integrative counselling could be the very route for you to find the breakthrough you hope for. With over 25 years of experience and training as a counsellor, I've helped many people to overcome their difficulties and to find their inner strengths. There is a good chance that, in a calm, confidential, and accepting environment, I can help you achieve these things too.
I've had experience and success in helping people with the followng issues:
- Abuse (All kinds)
- Addictions (Food, Alcholics in recovery)
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness Issues
- Communication Problems
- Grief & Bereavement
- Guilt and Shame Issues
- Mid-Life Crises
- Personal Growth (For increased self understanding).
- Relationship Problems (incl. Couples Counselling or Work in Pairs eg. Mother- Daughter)
- Self-Confidence or Self-Esteem Issues
- Serious Illness (Emotional aspects)
- Sexual Abuse
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Weight Loss (Emotional Aspects)
SPECIAL OFFER FOR FOR ONE-TO-ONE and COUPLES OR MARRIAGE COUNSELLING:
IF YOU ARE KEEN TO GET STARTED I SUGGEST YOU COME FOR AN INTRODUCTORY MEETING/ASSESSMENT WHICH I AM CURRENTLY OFFERING WITH A 25% DISCOUNT.
IF YOU DECIDE TO PROCEED AND COMMIT STRAIGHTAWAY AT THIS ASSESMENT MEETING THEN, FOR ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS ONLY, I CAN OFFER THE FOLLOWING:
FOR A BLOCK OF COUNSELLING PAID IN ADVANCE, YOU CAN PAY A FEE OF £617.50 FOR 12 SESSIONS (INSTEAD OF £780). FOR 6 SESSIONS, I AM REDUCING THE FEE TO £325 (INSTEAD OF £390). INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS BOOKED SINGLY WILL ATTRACT THE FULL FEE.
Change will mean different things to people. For me change has meant a growing sense of inner balance, and a greater trust in my own ideas and feelings. Over the years I have also dropped a lot of anxiety in my relationships with others and become more relaxed and open. Other indicators of growth for me are: being aware of my feelings, my ability to respond appropriately in awkward situations by communicating fully, and more often, being able to let go of suffering and other negative feelings when the stimulus is removed, as opposed to dwelling on it for weeks afterwards.
MY TRAINING, BACKGROUND & EXPEREINCE
I am an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. My theoretical approach generally can be described as Humanistic, but incorporating Cognitive and Psychodynamic principles also. I have had twenty five year's experience studying the skills and theories of one form of counselling theory or another.
I have been a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 1988, and an accredited member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) since Jan 2002. I am now, since 2007, a registered member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)- Psychotherapeutic Counselling section.
I have also taught several introductions to person-centered counselling skills for the University of Surrey Open Studies Dept. and for East Surrey College, and I have also offered various other courses privately and at various Adult Education Centres.
I became involved in counselling, therapy and the personal change and growth field in 1984. At this point I discovered Co-Counselling and trained to do it at the University of Surrey. In 1990, I took the intensive Teacher's Training workshop and the short intensive Facilitator's styles workshop at the same place. I learnt some very powerful skills and theory, which enabled me to work with and help fellow co-counsellors over the next 6 years. During this time, I also helped to teach other co-counselling fundamentals courses at the University of Reading. I subsequently taught co-counselling at various venues in Essex, Suffolk and Surrey. This tool for gaining deep and effective self help has provided a valuable grounding which I find transferable to my current counselling practice.
In 1987 I also discovered Psychosynthesis, which includes a spiritual dimension to the understanding of the human psyche. My interest in the spiritual element of people’s experiences encouraged me to attend other trainings in this field, including Mind Clearing (based on the yoga sutras of Patanjali’s), Buddhism and its links with Transpersonal Psychology, and The Journey, as pioneered by Brandon Bays. I also studied the Person-Centered approach, Gestalt and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
In 2003 I completed a Diploma in Group and Individual Supervision, enabling me to assist other counsellors and psychotherapists in their work.
In 2007 I completed an M.A. degree in Psychotherapy and Healing, in which, I'm pleased to say, I gained a 'distinction' for the Dissertation. The psychotherapeutic element was influenced by the work of Dr.Carl Jung, and the health element also embraced the principles of subtle energy work found in, for example, Spiritual Healing. I have also studied Reiki Seichem and Gaiadon Heart Healing, all of which add a powerful, but deeply relaxing, energetic dimension to the task of psychological change.
As you can tell from the above, I enjoy studying. But equally, I consider it essential to continually update my knowledge so as to make all the latest ideas available to you. Currently I am updating my Couples Counselling skills and in July 2009 I completed a 6-month post-graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness for which, again, I was delighted to receive a 'distinction' - this time for the Case Study.