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BA(Hons), Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, UKCP Reg
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Integrative Counselling, Mindfulness based
Hourly rate: GBP40.00
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I have been working for several years as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, working both long-term and short-term with individuals and couples. My background was in Psychology, and for as long as I can remember I have been interested in the inner world and in understanding myself and others. I came from a family where appearances were important and you were supposed to wear a smile even if you didn't feel happy, and I remember having frequent reminders to 'cheer up' which, as a teenager, made me even more remose. I was searching for something spiritually and I discovered meditation, and tried to apply my skill to myself when my marriage broke up when I was only 23, however it didn't seem to 'work' at this time and I was lucky enough shortly after to meet a Buddhist meditation teacher who impressed me enough for me to go on a retreat. He showed me to my room and asked how I was and my automatic reply was 'Fine, thanks'. He walked across the room and came back and asked the exact same question, looking me directly in the eyes. What I saw then was such sadness (and I realised later he was mirroring my own sadness) that I began to cry. He put his hand on my shoulder and said 'Let it come', and this was the beginning of my healing. His compassion and calmness were qualities that I wanted to develop in myself and to offer to others because I knew how much I had been helped. I have done many courses over the years, including a course in the Hakomi Method, which is a mindfulness-based body-centred psychotherapy, and am currently taking part in an online course in compassion, based on non-violent communication, which is influencing how I work with clients to help improve both their own self esteem through self compassion and their communication skills with others.
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