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 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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    March 2017

    The Trees

    The trees are coming into leaf
    Like something almost being said;
    The recent buds relax and spread,
    Their greenness is a kind of grief.

    Is it that they are born again
    And we grow old? No, they die too.
    Their yearly trick of looking new
    Is written down in rings of grain.

    Yet still the unresting castles thresh
    In fullgrown thickness every May.
    Last year is dead, they seem to say,
    Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.
    Phillip Larkin

    I saw some trees in blossom today, for me they are the first of the new spring season and it brought to mind Larkin’s poem about trees. So many interpret the first stanza as melancholic but for me there is promise and hope contained in it –
    What is it that is coming to fruition in your life after a long winter of seeming nothingness?
    Is this the time for you to begin afresh, afresh, afresh?
    What would that mean for you, what would your life look like if you did begin afresh?

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