... an experienced and professional Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer and Mindfulness teacher, based in central Cambridge and Ely.
MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION
A 9 week course based in Ely:
JANUARY 2017 - SPACES
Thursday 19th January 2017
Thursday 23rd March 2017
7-9pm, Ely Cathedral Conference Centre
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PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL BE ON SABBATICAL FROM END NOVEMBER 2016 UNTIL JULY 2017 AND WILL NOT BE TAKING NEW COUNSELLING REFERRALS DURING THIS TIME.
MY SUPERVISION AND MINDFULNESS WORK WILL REMAIN ONGOING.
As a counsellor I have many years experience in Private Practice, NHS, University and Corporate settings working with individuals, couples and groups.
My work as a supervisor encompasses supervisees with varying levels of counselling experience (including trainees) as well as those working in other helping professions. I am also a partner and trainer with Cambridge Supervision Training (CST)
Through my work as a Mindfulness trainer I run the Ely Mindfulness Centre offering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course as well as group Meditation sessions. I also provide bespoke training packages in areas such as Stress, Well-being, Listening Skills.
I work across a wide range of issues and concerns including:
- Life crisis
- Loss of sense of self
- Relationship problems
- Sexual identity
- Traumatic life experiences
My counselling work is based in central Cambridge and Ely. Both locations are easily accessible from all major routes and have parking.
It is not always easy to know whether counselling is the right way forward for yourself or your relationships. I am always very happy to talk informally, either over the phone or face to face if this feels easier for you, about the process of counselling and to answer any additional questions you may have - there is no charge for this. If, together, we then feel that another therapy or agency may be more suitable I will be very happy to re-direct you.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT.....
'I was very nervous about starting therapy. I knew that I had to do something to help myself, I had been unhappy for a while, but was daunted by the time, financial and emotional commitment that I thought counselling would require. I didn’t really know what I was signing up for but my GP had suggested it. It hasn’t been an easy journey as I have spoken about things that I have never told anyone about before. At times I felt silly, embarrassed, really self-conscious but the relationship that I had with my counsellor meant that I was able to work through all these feelings without feeling judged or belittled which is something I’ve never been able to do before. I’ve finished my counselling now – we worked together for just over one year and I can honestly say it has been a life changing experience for me. I'm so glad I had the courage to start it. It’s also really good to know that if I need to, I can always return'.
'I only had six sessions of counselling as both my counsellor and I decided that this was all I needed. I was really struck by how different (better) I felt both about myself and decisions I had to make by the end of our sessions, even though it’s hard to say exactly what we ‘did’ in our time together. Now, I'd always encourage anyone uncertain about whether or not to go to counselling to at least try it. From my experience there's a lot to be gained from it'.
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'My partner and I had just moved in together with varying combinations of children, step-children and access battles going on around and between us. Couple counselling gave us the opportunity to both be really honest with each other about how we were feeling about everything and work out a way forward that was based on what we both wanted now, rather than what our individual experiences had been in the past. I think it saved our relationship'.
Helen and Mike, Ely
'The first few sessions were really difficult for me and my partner and I couldn’t really see how it was going to make any difference to our relationship or how we felt about each other. I didn't even know if there was any point in going to couple counselling. Gradually though, as the sessions went on we both started to notice that we were talking more and rowing less, both in the session themselves and at home afterwards. I think our counsellor was very skilled in communicating to each of us that she supported us both equally and I never once felt that she’d taken sides'.
Laura and James, Ely
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'I wasnt' really sure what mindfulness was about when I enquired about the training – I’d read a few articles about it and had heard that it could be helpful with stress and depression which was just what I wanted; I lead a hectic life and often feel stressed. I'd thought though that it may be a bit too weird and wacky for me but was prepared to give it a go. I was in a group with four others and the training took place over two separate half days. It was a mixture of the ideas behind Mindfulness (which really helped me understand why we were doing the practices we were doing) and the practice of Mindfulness itself - focussing on our breathing, our body, gentle movement, things like that. The training was really insightful; helping me develop my own ability to become more focussed, more aware and more responsive to myself and the world around me. What I also really liked was the realisation that these are skills that I can now go on to develop for myself in my own time and in my own way without the need for additional training or cost. I was also surprised at the amount of neuroscience research that has now been carried out in recent years, evidencing the effectiveness of Mindfulness in postive brain change in areas of emotion regulation, stress hormones and the immune system. It isn't weird or wacky at all!!'.
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