1-1 Sessions

1-1 Sessions with Melanie Johnson

I like to be flexible and collaborative, working with people in a way that supports their uniqueness and their natural rhythm and pace.

The following are the ways that I am able to work with people. 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.

Counselling

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 fresh insight.

I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together several influences. I have trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy and iRest Yoga Nidra. I also draw from other approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Family Constellations, 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 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, can facilitate the resolution of pain and conflict and it enables a connection to the deep wisdom of the body, allowing us to move forward with greater clarity and confidence.


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 to navigate emotions and thoughts and also to access higher states of consciousness such as peace, compassion and joy.

It is a very accessible practice. People who struggle to access other types of meditation have reported being able to successfully engage in the practice of iRest. It can bring about a stage of deep relaxation that can be very healing for those experiencing stress or recovering from trauma. Personalised recordings are made for use between sessions at no extra charge.
See Courses for further information about iRest Yoga Nidra.


Co-meditation

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.”
Richard Miller


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.


Choose how we work together

  • I offer short, medium and longer terms work.
  • I offer sessions in Cardiff and also online.

Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or on a more ad hoc basis.

I realise 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 to work with.
I offer a free initial 20-30 minute telephone conversation. And I am happy for people to come for one session initially.

The first session would often be 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. I could also provide an experience of iRest Yoga Nidra during the session, if you would like that.
You can decide, following this, if you would like to book further sessions.

Cost for 1-1 sessions

Sessions are 70 minutes and cost £50.

Venue in Cardiff

YCS (Y Cwmni Siarad),
31, The Parade, Roath, CF24 3AD.

Contact
T: 0292 045 2651
E: melanie@homecomingtherapy.uk
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