Mandy Martin Counselling

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Counselling and psychotherapy in Sandhurst, Berkshire and Andover, Hampshire

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 think about how the context of your work influences your therapeutic relationships 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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    May 2017

    Joy and Sorrow
    Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."

    And he answered:

    Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

    And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

    And how else can it be?

    The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

    Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

    And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

    When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

    Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

    But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

    Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

    Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

    Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

    When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.
    Khalil Gibran

    I sat with someone today as he mourned the loss of a relationship and was reminded of this poem. What I am reflecting on is how hard it is to conceive of our ability to be joyous when we are in so much pain. I find hope in the poet's words - "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." - knowing that our ability to love deeply and joyously is why we sometimes feel so bereft and bewildered when it disappears. I know deep down that when I am in the depths of despair, joy is waiting for me too...

    What is it that speaks to you in this poem?
    What brings you joy and sorrow in your life?
    Do you agree with the poet that joy and sorrow are inseparable?

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