'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.' - Stephen Batchelor
I work creatively with clients in order to approach what might feel mysterious, difficult or distressing in some way. In this way I see therapy as a step into the unknown, in order for a client to experience themselves differently from before, in a way that can lead to meaningful change. As a therapist, I feel very moved by the clients’ material, and bring myself to the therapeutic relationship fully, based very much on my own mindfulness practice and attention to being with what is present for a client. I find it very exciting to witness a client ‘unfold’ over time, as they turn inwards and express what they are feeling at the deepest levels.
I see the mind and body as deeply in tune with each other, and the therapeutic experience is about exploring what a client is feeling inside themselves, at a felt level, or their internal emotional life. I encourage clients to accept themselves and their feelings just as they are, and to acknowledge any distress or difficulty that they are with. In facing emotional pain, I think there is the potential to understand our emotions in a more effective way. I came to be a therapist based very much on my own therapeutic journey, as I worked through relationship difficulties, anxieties and self-acceptance and see myself as a ‘wounded healer’. What I would hope is that what worked for me over years of therapeutic travels could offer something for others who are experiencing distress in whatever form that manifests. In this way, I see the work very much as a joint enquiry, as I respond to a client’s emotional experience.
When I’m not working, I find exercise, playing the guitar and meditation resourcing. If you would like to find out if therapy with me would be helpful for you, please contact me for an initial session.
I am an accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and trainee member of UKCP, and have a foundation degree in Humanistic Existentialist counselling. I am currently completing a masters in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy.
Natural Health Clinic, 98 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LP. tel: 07533 496568