Mandy Martin Counselling

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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 and in Andover for the last year. My Sandhurst practice is easily accessible to Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley and the Berkshire/Surrey/Hampshire borders. My Andover practice is within easy distance for Goodworth Clatford, Upper Clatford, Whitchurch and Winchester. 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 :

  • Adoption and adoption related issues
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Redundancy and financial concerns
  • Phobias
  • Abuse, and
  • Trauma.

    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 practices near Andover and Camberley, I lecture on an Integrative Counselling Diploma in Reading.
    I frequently see trainee counsellors from other counselling courses who are required to undergo therapy as part of their training.

    I supervise both trainee and qualified counsellors. I offer individual supervision, using the Hawkins and Shohet Seven Eyed Model of Supervision.
    As a counsellor, 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 and where, together, we can contemplate both the influence of the context within which your work arises and where you wish to take your practice and professional development in the future.
    I view the supervisory relationship as collegial and the BACP Ethical Framework as vitally informing my work with you.
    Please contact me for further information on costs.

    Location and parking
    My Sandhurst practice is within easy reach of Ascot,Bracknell, Farnborough and Camberley, with plenty of parking available on site.

    My Andover practice is within easy reach of the villages surrounding Andover, as well as within reach of Winchester and Whitchurch. Parking is available on street.

  • Thoughts from my desk...

    This year, I will be posting a series of poems and questions for you to reflect on 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 read a new poem, you will learn something about yourself and your strengths along the way.

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    February 2017

    Love after Love
    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other's welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.
    Derek Walcott

    This poem speaks to me about having lost one's sense of individuality in the relationship and getting to know yourself again after the demise of a relationship.
    Have you ever been in this position – so unaware of your own wisdom and what is right for you because you are desperately trying to make those around you happy, trying to fulfil their desires for them?
    What steps did you take to get in contact with “the stranger who has loved you all your life”?

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