During this unsettled time of COVID-19, I am offering online video sessions via webcam and telephone counselling. I understand that this can be daunting for some, but there is no need for any level of technical skill when using webcam counselling. It can be done on a smartphone, tablet or computer. I just send you a link on an email and you click on it and that's it! No need to download anything. Please do contact me if you have any questions about this. I am looking forward to resuming walking counselling and counselling in a room as soon as possible.
The calming effect of being out in the open air can help us gain a new perspective on our worries and allow new thoughts and feelings to arise.
The healing powers of talking and nature combined
As well as the usual sitting in a room counselling, I offer walking counselling as an option, in beautiful natural surroundings where the healing power of talking in nature can help you to reflect on your life. When you walk, you have time and space to process your emotions, reflect on your feelings and listen to your inner voice, allowing you to be honest with yourself. It's often easier to talk about difficult issues while walking outside.
Out in nature, we are better able to listen to our intuition, see our problems more clearly, enabling us to heal and grow.
Talking in a naturally therapeutic outdoor setting can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression and anger as well as improving physical health, by reducing blood pressure, increasing fitness and well being, healing the body, mind and soul.
I also offer counselling indoors for all or some of your sessions or online counselling via Zoom.
Creating time for yourself
So many of us live in a constant state of stress and worry, feeling overwhelmed and drained. It can be hard to know how to change things and to start to feel more at peace and in touch with your relaxed self.
Chronic stress is a prolonged and constant feeling of stress that can negatively affect your health if we don't pay attention to it. It can be caused by the everyday pressures of balancing family and work or by traumatic situations. We were built to handle acute stress, which is short-lived, but not chronic stress, which is steady over a long period of time, as it means that the body remains in a constant state of physiological arousal. It affects virtually every system in the body, either directly or indirectly and can wear down our bodies and cause us to become ill, either physically or emotionally or both.
By choosing to talk about your fears and worries and paying full attention to them, really acknowledging and accepting them, can be a powerful way of releasing them.
Relaxation is the key
During a counselling session, difficult feelings may arise. If you would like, I am able to end sessions with a variety of grounding and relaxation techniques which help you to go away from each session feeling safe and held. This allows you to re calibrate in the new found space you have created in your life. My commitment to you is to ensure that you feel emotionally fit to go about the rest of your day when you leave the session. These techniques take a few minutes which is why I offer a minimum of 60 minutes for each counselling session rather than the usual 50 minutes. I feel it is important to take our time and not feel rushed.
I am offering 3 options of session
60 minutes £45
90 minutes £65
120 minutes £85
For walking counselling, the initial meeting will be held inside, giving you the opportunity to discuss any worries you may have about being outdoors, changes in weather and anything you would like to bring with you.
All or some of your counselling sessions can stay indoors if you prefer it that way.
.... high up on tops of hills with far reaching views and in hidden forested valleys with beautiful lakes to reflect by. I am open to new walks too...
Having originally trained and worked as a mental health nurse, I went on to train in Person-centered therapy. I discovered that by moving the focus away from illness and towards self awareness, self understanding and self acceptance, clients are empowered to make the changes they are seeking.
I have a diploma in person contred counselling and I am insured.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. A copy of this is available online or from the BACP.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
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I offer counselling in Stroud, Nailsworth, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Gloucester.