The exact nature of the one to one work will depend upon the individual and their particular challenges, priorities and preferences. Each therapeutic relationship is unique and co-created – as each individual is unique. How we work will be discussed and negotiated at the start of working together and then revisited as necessary. It will tend to incorporate one or a combination of the following:
This is an opportunity to talk and be present with yourself and your story. It can be helpful, and powerful even, to speak freely and to feel deeply heard. A counselling relationship is different to other relationships in that it is free of the roles, responsibilities and constraints that other relationships tend to carry.
My aim is to provide a place of non-judgment, empathy, truthfulness, welcoming, respect and curiosity. I am an integrative counsellor. My background is primarily Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy and iRest Yoga Nidra.
I have also been influenced by other approaches such as Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Family Constellations, Attachment Theory and the Eastern Wisdom traditions.
“If there is one thing that a person needs from another human being, it’s to be appreciated, to be listened to, to be heard. Just as you are, not as I would make you.” – Ram Dass
I offer a space to be present with the whole self which includes body symptoms and sensations and the way that various emotions and thoughts resonate in the body.
Bringing the whole being into Awareness in this way, allows any pain and conflicts to resolve and heal. And it enables a connection to the deep wisdom of the body which helps us to move forward with greater clarity and confidence.
iRest Yoga Nidra
iRest Yoga Nidra is a form of mindful self-enquiry based on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra but adapted to meet the conditions of modern life. It is an evidence-based transformative practice that leads to psychological, physical and spiritual healing and wellbeing. It has been developed, over 30 years, by Richard Miller PhD who is both a Yogic scholar and practitioner and also a clinical psychologist.
The practice is integrative as it heals the various unresolved issues that are present in the body and mind and restorative as it enables the recognition of the innate peace of mind that has always been present amidst all the circumstances of life.
It is a 10-step form of mindfulness training, although it can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual.
The 10 steps of iRest are: Setting intentions; connection to inherent wellbeing; connection to the body; developing breath awareness; meeting feelings and emotions; meeting thoughts; connecting to states such as joy and peace; connecting to the Witnessing Awareness; connection to the way life is seeking to express itself through the being. And there is a phase of integration.
The practice of iRest nourishes qualities such as joy, peacefulness, empathy, forgiveness, patience and loving kindness towards self and others.
The research carried out on iRest has shown that it has helped people reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia; deal with daily stresses; reduce tendency for relapse in people with chemical dependency; manage chronic pain; overcome symptoms of trauma and increase perceptions of quality of life. The positive results of the research has led to iRest Yoga Nidra being adoped by the American Military for use with veterans.
Personalised audio recordings
I provide personalised audio recordings, to support the connection to specific stages of iRest and also for specific issues such as insomnia or anxiety.
This is a simple but powerful practice from the iRest approach in which we are simply present to all that is arising in the present moment. Using the steps of iRest I provide support to develop a connection to inherent wellbeing and Witnessing Awareness as well as providing facilitation to navigate and develop greater mastery of your internal landscape.
“We are a sacred mirror, that’s all. We’re just a mirror. Helping a person to unfold to themselves through these simple questions of self-enquiry.”
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
EFT involves tapping on the body’s energy meridian endpoints. This calms the emotions and the nervous system and restores balance. It can be a useful tool when releasing emotional intensity and traumatic memories, when managing addictions and compulsions and moving beyond limiting beliefs.
Choose how we work together
- I offer short, medium and longer term work.
- I offer sessions in person, in Cardiff and also using Zoom.
Costs for all 1-1 sessions
£25 for a first/introductory session
Further sessions are £50 per session, with the option of paying for six sessions in advance at £270.
All 1-1 sessions are one hour.
iRest workshops and courses
iRest courses are experiential and cover the 10 steps of iRest Yoga Nidra. The course will take participants through the whole system of iRest, building week on week.
Although it could be defined as a type of yoga therapy, there are no physical requirements to the practice, you can either lie down or sit in a chair or on the floor, whichever is most comfortable.
The teacher will facilitate a movement into the healing state between sleep and wakefulness and then guide through the stages of the practice: relaxing deeply, connecting to the breath, navigating emotions, thoughts and feelings and accessing different states of consciousness. And then grounding and integrating these experiences back into the waking state.
Research has shown that iRest has been effective in improving the sense of health and wellbeing in a number of different populations. (See above for more detail about the research carried out on iRest).
It would also be of interest for anyone who is generally interested in holistic health and wellbeing, mind-body healing practices, and for anyone who wants to develop their ability to generally manage and master their thoughts and emotions.
A workbook will be provided and also audio recordings that can be used to work with between sessions (or following the course).
If you have any questions or reservations about the courses then you are welcome to get in touch. My aim is to make the groups as accessible for people as possible.
3rd September – 22nd September 2019
Penylan Library and Community Centre, Cardiff
Cost is £120 (a £30 deposit is payable to secure a place).
Please note the above course is now fully booked.
If you are interested in attending a future iRest course then please contact me to register your interest.
‘The course was very helpful. As it went along I felt that my feelings of anxiety were lessened more and more. Melanie is an excellent teacher. Very clear and easy to understand the points she is making.’
N.S. July 2019.