I like to be flexible and collaborative, working with people in a way that supports their natural rhythm, pace and process.
The following are the ways that I can work. I can offer one or a combination of these. We could discuss what is best suited to you when we first meet or talk on the phone.
I aim to provide a safe space and reliable relationship that allows an opportunity to reflect and to explore, free from the roles, restrictions and risk of judgement that can be present in other relationships and settings.
I aim 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 like to work in a way that is gentle, 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.
I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together several influences. I have completed trainings 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 whole being into Awareness in this way, can facilitate the resolution of pain and conflict and it connects us to the wisdom and information 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 and then being supported through the other stages of the practice. Personalised practices can be made during 1-1 sessions. Peronsalised recordings 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
Often patterns of thinking, behaving and relating are handed down through the generations. This may feel comfortable but it is not always. We may even feel as through we are at the mercy of powerful or mysterious forces. Though working with representative objects (such as stones) group and inner dynamics and hidden origins can be brought into the light. 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.
I realise that it can be daunting to seek help. I like to make the process as easy as possible, with plenty of time for you to decide if I am the right person for you 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 session would often involve a conversation about what you would like to gain from the experience and any anxieties that you have, 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
I have recently completed training in Family Constellations therapy. For a limited time I am offering a training rate of £40 per session for those who would like to experience an integrated approach of counselling combined with Family Constellations and iRest Yoga Nidra.