What I offer
I offer Counselling, Supervision and EMDR.
Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore sensitive and personal issues in a confidential environment.
You know how sometimes it feels as though you are in the passenger seat and your life is no longer in control? Well I help people get back in the driving seat and know where they are going by talking through their feelings, values and goals in a place where its safe to do so.
Counselling aims to increase self-awareness and develop a better quality of life. It can feel like hard work at times and it can be difficult to face and talk about upsetting feelings but I will support you through that process
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes and can either be for an open-ended period of time or we can agree to focus on a specific concern or issue for a fixed number of sessions.
What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety.
When people experience something emotionally disturbing or traumatic, their body and mind attempt to process the experience and heal naturally from it. Most of the time this happens successfully. However, sometimes the experience 'gets stuck' and remains unprocessed, so the person continues to relive the trauma, perhaps through nightmares, recurring images, physical sensations, or generalised anxiety or depression. Evidence indicates that bilateral stimulation helps the brain to process the material that is stuck, so that healing can take place. Although it is not yet clear exactly how the bilateral stimulation works, it is believed that the process is similar to the way in which information processing occurs naturally during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep. Use this link For more information about EMDR
Here is a useful video of how EMDR works EMDR Video
If you are a counsellor or therapist reading this I would welcome any potential client referrals that you think would benefit from EMDR. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further
About Counselling Supervision
Some examples of my supervision experience
If you are a counsellor working in a short - term way with clients I am a counselling supervisor who has a wealth of experience of working in this time-limited way
I also offer supervision support to those working with challenging client groups in the voluntary and statutory sector. I have a background in working in social services, homelessness and mental health. I can offer support with establishing your practice issues and with applying for BACP Accreditation.
Supervision sessions are usually for an hour or an hour and a half