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A Bit About Me

From the age of seventeen I worked in an office but it wasn't until I was in my thirties that I became aware of how unhappy I really was . I realised that I had hidden my anxiety and periods of depression really well and had not felt able to talk to anyone about how I feelings and thoughts. This led to me going to college to do a basic counselling course as part of my recovery. My interest in counselling grew and I eventually decided to make some changes in my life by leaving my job to concentrate on this.

My own experience of bereavement and loss was what further deepened my interest in counselling. I wanted to understand why loss affected people in different ways and how I could improve my listening skills. Through counselling the bereaved, I realised that losing a loved one can also bring up other concerns, so I undertook further training to further my knowledge. This gave me a broader understanding of how feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences can impact on a person in a wider sense.

I continue to attend workshops and training in order to continue my own personal and professional development and as a Person Centred Counsellor, my committment to my own personal development is intrinsic in my ability to work effectively and with integrity as the basis of my work with clients is building a respectful working relationship. I believe each person is unique, as is their experience and would work with you at your pace on what you bring to our sessions in the here and now, exploring your thoughts and feelings without judgement and gain insight and understanding of your process.

I am particularly interested in how the body is affected by trauma and the environment that we live in and how these experiences can present in the form of illness or discomfort in the body and not just in the mind. We are after all connected through our mind and body, feelings and thoughts. Part of my personal development is meditation and I have found that it helps me to be in touch with how I feel in my body in the here and now. Practising meditation helps me to deal with every day life and the stresses that I sometimes face as a human being. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that originates from Buddhism. It has becove very popular in the UK over the last couple of years. Mindfulness is paying attention to whatever is present for you in the moment with awareness and intention. If you are interested in finding out more please click on the link which will take you to Mindfulness Hampshire which is taught by Ali Lambie and her colleagues.

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Thank you for taking the time to look at my website. I hope you make the decision to contact me but if you have not found what you are looking for, then you could look at the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) website where you will find more information about Counselling.

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