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.
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.
Writing for Healing
According to Brené Brown in Rising Strong, the most effective way to foster awareness is by writing down our stories. A writer and researcher into shame and vulnerability, she talks about the stories we make up - the stories we tell ourselves to deal with painful, shameful and hurtful events and interactions, to protect ourselves and make sense of our lives. Sometimes we get stuck in the first defensive stories, reactions and interpretations of an event or interaction; they may not be accurate or thoughtful but they will often feel familiar. We then often tell those stories to others, looking for confirmation of our way of seeing things and reinforcing our narrative of who we are.
Brown invites us to get curious about the stories we tell ourselves and in order to do this ...
We get to write down the uncensored first drafts, the unedited narratives of our lives, knowing that no-one is going to get to see it.
The unconscious storytelling in this first draft illustrates the default thinking that can trap us and limit the way we live in the world. So when we've captured the first draft we can begin to reflect on the story we are telling ourselves.
My challenge to you this month: Write your first draft of an event or interaction that has caused you pain and/or shame for 15 minutes without editing (set a timer to provide the containment - this ensures that you will not be sucked under by any emerging waves of emotion).
Read it through and see what you notice - add margin notes and ! or ? as appropriate.
Then give yourself some feedback in writing. For this reflective feedback writing you could use Brené Brown's 3 questions:
What more do I need to learn and understand about the situation?
What more do I need to learn and understand about the other people in the story?
What more do I need to learn and understand about myself?
When it is done with courage and commitment, this practice can open the possibility of telling of new stories, finding new endings and meanings, instead of having to re-live old patterns.