Counselling and psychotherapy in Sandhurst, Berkshire
Welcome to my site! Contemplating counselling is a daunting prospect, the fact that you are reading this suggests that you have taken the first steps to making sense of feelings and experiences that are troubling you. I hope that by exploring these pages, you will gain a better understanding of what therapy is about, and be able to decide whether counselling and indeed I am the right "fit" for you and the issues that you are grappling with at the moment.
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I have been a practising counsellor for the past 15 years, and providing counselling and psychotherapy in Bracknell and Sandhurst for the last 8 years. My practice is easily accessible to Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley and the Berkshire/Surrey/Hampshire borders. As a registered member of the BACP, I am committed to providing a confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic environment for you.
My approach is holistic, so you bring more than just your problems to counselling - I like to focus on you as a whole person: mind, body and soul. While I wouldn't like to limit the issues you bring with you, I am experienced in helping clients who are experiencing difficulties with :
I work with both adults and young people on an individual basis, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. We would decide together at the initial session whether long term or short term therapy is suitable for you.
As an Integrative Humanistic counsellor, my theoretical background is Person - Centred, Gestalt and Existentialism. To find out more about these approaches, and some others, just click here
Teaching Counselling and Psychotherapy
In addition to my private practice near Camberley, I lecture on an Integrative Counselling Diploma taught in both Bracknell and Reading. I frequently see trainee counsellors from other counselling courses who are required to undergo therapy as part of their training.
For the practising counsellor...
I supervise both trainee and qualified counsellors. I offer individual and group supervision, using the Hawkins and Shohet Seven Eyed Model of Supervision. I hope that supervision with me is a place where you will feel received and renewed, where both you and your clients are attended to. Please contact me for further information on costs for both individual and/or group supervision, and availability of places in groups.
Location and parking
My Sandhurst practice is within easy reach of Ascot,Bracknell, Farnborough and Camberley, with plenty of parking available on site.
Thoughts from my desk...
This year, I will be posing a series of personal development questions each month...Whilst these questions may seem to have little relevance to your daily life and the things that concern or trouble you, I urge you to allow the playful part of yourself to engage with the process and do something different. Perhaps by coming back each month to participate in an activity, you will learn something about yourself and your strengths along the way.
Your Birth Story
I went to some training this year on helping teenagers make sense of their parents in order to make sense of themselves. In fact, since we so often find ourselves following the scripts and rules of our parents without even realising it or intending to, I think this is something all of us would benefit from. And what better place to begin the story than at our birth, or shortly before that… If you know/understand who your parents were at the time of your birth, what insights would that offer you regarding your history and how you are now?
What do you know about your birth? What were you told? What have you inferred or even made up?
In an adult adoptee group, one person shared about being left on the steps of an orphanage in a distant country, another about being a twin, someone about the sound of trains. Everyone shared deeply and movingly. Listening was profoundly affecting.
Adopted person or not, everyone has a birth story composed of what they know (facts), what they were told (family stories) and what they've imagined (autobiography). What is your birth story? Adoptees often know less about the circumstances of their birth than other people - some do not even have a known birth date.
Your challenge for the month, if you’d like, is to write the story of your birth - write in the present tense, write in the first person. Include anything you remember, have been told or imagine.
Who was there? Who was involved? Where? When? What are the sensory details? What are the feelings? Whatever you write - it's your story. Is there anyone you'd like to share it with?