What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, or BACP, define counselling and psychotherapy as:
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing...
What therapists do:
Offer a safe and confidential space to help explore emotionally-based problems
Help you make sense of your world
Help you to explore feelings and thoughts, in order to resolve emotional distress
Help you towards a better understanding of self and others, which in turn may lead to an improved ability to relate to others”
I provide humanistic counselling and psychotherapy, which means I understand that effective change and growth occurs from building a trusting, empathic and compassionate relationship between therapist and client. Through client-led sessions you (as the client) experience self-empowerment over your past felt experiences and can take ownership of your future.
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What is Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness?
‘Yoga’ means to unite or join together. Yoga has a rich culture and history as a philosophical way of being originating from south asia. Yoga is more than just a physical (asana) practice but is a connection of both mind and body. I’m continually learning myself and with ten years of practice, I aim to continually adapt and grow as a practitioner.
Please contact me if you’d like to discuss yoga as a ‘way of being’, movement practice and everything in between.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Michael Stone defines Mindfulness as ‘intimacy’, mindful living is to really connect with life in a deep way to see it clearly for what it is. Mindfulness and meditation is not about making your thoughts go away, it’s about feeling your breathing body and opening up to the experiences of your body as they happen. This could be sound (through mindfulness of sound) or breath (through mindfulness of breath).
Meditation does not make our problems ‘go away’, but it can help us get closer to accepting things the way they are.
"Self-generated suffering comes from trying to get out of our emotions"
What is The BookShop?
If you buy books linked to my site, I may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops. Occasionally in therapy, coaching and private yoga classes I may recommend books that could be helpful for clients. I use the Bookshop.org to promote independent bookshops and summarise recommended reads. It's your choice if you wish to buy through my affiliate bookshop page.
What is your Confidentiality Policy?
I am committed to treating each client with respect and compassion and will keep what you tell me confidential. There are some circumstances where confidentiality may be broken, such as if I am worried that you or someone in your life may be harmed, but I would aim to discuss this with you first. There are occasions when the law requires me to disclose, such as child protection issues, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorist activities, or if I am subpoenaed by a court of law, for example.
As part of my ethical practice, I talk to a supervisor on a monthly basis, who helps and supports me in my work with my clients. However, my supervisor is bound by the same limits of confidentiality.
I make brief notes about my sessions with clients but these records are kept on a confidential system. Under the Data Protection Act you also have the right to see any records kept on you.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Payment must be made in advance and 24 hours notice is required should you need to cancel any session.
How much does a session cost?
A 50 minute Counselling and Psychotherapy session costs £50. (I have limited ‘pay what you can’ spaces for counselling and psychotherapeutic sessions, please contact me to discuss availability.)
Yoga and Meditation services can be catered to each individual. Please contact me for a consultation.