'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 from a modality that believes in inherent health, that underneath our emotional difficulties there is the possibility of relating to our distress with kindness and understanding. I see empathy and compassion as being at the heart of the therapeutic work and relationship. In being more compassionate to ourselves and others we can move through emotional difficulty and become more aware of what has disconnected or obscured us from our essence, or deeper being.
I offer an empathetic, non-judgmental space to support you as you move through difficulty whether it be emotional pain, anxiety, panic, shame, anger, loneliness or loss.
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
I work compassionately 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 psycho-spiritual 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 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.
I find exercise, playing the guitar and meditation resourcing. All practicing and trainee Core Process Psychotherapists are expected to have an ongoing contemplative or meditation practice. This helps sustain awareness and develop a resonant relational field of presence from which to listen and hold clients at depth.