"....What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people through ... fear and mess.... That's what we're here for."
Shauna Niequist (adapted)
Being self-compassionate and kind to oneself is key to my work. I understand suffering and if you are seeking help I want to reassure you that whilst mindful inquiry and counselling can both be a challenge, I want you to feel safe and in control. I am comfortable with both challenging you and with consoling and reassurance through deep grief and sadness. I am also comfortable holding a quiet, empathic silence where you can gently and safely begin to embrace your feelings with someone to support you to do so at your own pace.
The compassionate mindfulness sessions that I teach are both introductory (for those with no or little experience of mindfulness or meditation) and for those who want to explore more deeply and develop their mindfulness practices to process grief, loss, anxiety and sadness.
I have worked with clients who would like support to develop a practice to feel more safe to process more of the difficult issues we all find inside of ourselves: perpetual motion/busyness, avoidance, striving, a sense of dread, fear, anxiety, unresolved sadness, pain, anger and so on. Other clients do not know exactly what is wrong, just sense they are not living fully. I can also support highly sensitive people to explore this with the aim of helping them to process some of the challenges this brings.
I use an approach which is gentle, accepting and compassionate. I build a lot of my work on my own gained wisdom of recovering from traumatic life changes.
My counselling skills are naturally helpful and I do draw upon my counselling experience and skills to support our dialogue. Whilst I am, myself, spiritual, my work is secular. I would describe myself as very in-tune with my body and my experiences. I am highly sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others. You can click here to read more about highly sensitive people and how living with this sort of central nervous system can be very helpful when supporting others and in helping to 'co-regulate and regulate' distress.
Working together, with my approach above, my areas of specific interest are
supporting clients who want to address:
Anxiety, stress and/or overwhelm
Grief, loss or bereavement
Life Transitions and change, including job loss and divorce
Overly busy mind/life - a sense of avoiding issues or alternatively a sense
of feeling numb and shut down and not engaging with life.
High levels of sensitivity from identifying as HSP
If you have any questions, please do contact me using the Contact form
Counselling and emotional freedom technique
I am currently working towards completion of a Diploma in Counselling at Level 4. I am training to be an integrative counsellor meaning I use a variety of styles and methods to suit the client's needs and preferred ways of working. My specialist interests are the same as above. I am able to refer clients whom I feel would benefit from more specialist work to other qualified therapists. I am
qualified as an emotional freedom technique teacher too. I
use EFT to help calm clients and to work through negative
thoughts that may be deeply rooted.
All of the approaches work together to calm, steady and allow
difficult feelings and thoughts to be explored safely and honestly.
If you have any questions, please do contact me using the
Contact form below.