I provide a safe space and reliable relationship, allowing an opportunity to reflect, explore and be inspired, free from the roles, restrictions and risk of judgment present in other relationships and settings.
I am flexible and collaborative, working with people in a way that supports their natural rhythm, pace and process.
The following elements are possibilities in working with me, although each therapeutic relationship is different.
I am able to bear witness to your story and situation, bringing sensitivity and respect to the experiences, strategies and choices that have brought you to this point.
I work in a way that is gentle and organic and also creative and intuitive. What emerges from our conversations tends to inform the direction taken next, with discussion and negotiation at each step.
The experience of being listened to in this way is very simple, and yet it can be a powerful one, creating resilience, perspective and new possibilities.
As well as traditional counselling, I offer meditations and explorations that can provide new resources and fresh insights into states and situations. Previous clients regularly use words like ‘deep’ or ‘powerful’ about the work they have done with me. That said, my work is also trauma-informed and appropriately paced.
I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together several influences. I have completed training in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy, Family Constellations and iRest Yoga Nidra. I also draw from other approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, the 12-steps 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
Somatic or Body Awareness
I offer an invitation 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 entire being into awareness in this way can facilitate healing and connection to the wisdom and sense of knowing that the body contains.
iRest Yoga Nidra
iRest Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based transformative practice based on the ancient teachings of meditation.
It is an adaptable 10-step process that involves being guided into the healing state between sleep and wakefulness (the hypnogogic state) and then being supported through the other stages of the practice. Elements of iRest can be woven into 1-1 work to (for example) develop a connection to inner resources such as wellness or peace, connect to intuitive understanding, move into greater alignment with heart-based intentions. Personalised recordings of iRest practices are made for use between sessions at no extra charge.
iRest Dyad / Co-meditation
This is a simple but powerful practice from the iRest approach which involves being present with all that is arising in the moment. Bringing the inner process into awareness can be enough to bring about significant and positive shifts. If it is useful, we can also use the steps of iRest, for example, to nourish a connection to wellbeing or to navigate emotions.
“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 is a practice where the body’s meridians are gently tapped in a sequence. This calms the emotions and the nervous system and restores balance. These practices have been clinically observed to relieve distress and accelerate the process of therapy.
Family Constellations / Systemic Constellations
Patterns of thinking, behaving and relating are often handed down through the generations. This is not always comfortable, and we may even feel as though we are at the mercy of powerful or mysterious forces. Bringing this dimension into the sessions, sometimes working with representative objects (such as stones), can bring inner dynamics and hidden origins into the light. As a result, new perspectives, inner resources and surprising resolutions can be possible with even long-standing conflicts and difficulties.
- I offer short, medium and longer-term work.
- Sessions are currently online using Zoom.
- Sessions are between an hour and an hour and ten minutes.
I realise that it can be daunting to seek help. Therefore, I like to make the process as easy as possible, with plenty of time for you to decide if I am the right person to work with.
I offer a free initial 20-30 minute telephone conversation. I am happy for people to come for one session initially.
The first conversation would often involve a discussion about what you would like to gain from the experience and I can answer any questions you have about me and the way I work. You can decide, following this, if you would like to book further sessions.
Cost for 1-1 sessions
Standard sessions are £50 (for an hour to an hour and ten minutes).