Natural Health Clinic, 98 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LP. tel: 07533 496568
I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental space for you to bring whatever issues and challenges you are facing. I help you to explore what is going on with those issues or challenges, and also bring in your present moment experience, such as how you are experiencing the here-and-now also in the therapeutic relationship.
I encourage you to deepen into your present moment experience, so that you bring more awareness to what is happening now in your inner emotional world. There are different ways to do this, from talking about your experience, and also noticing how you are experiencing your feelings in your body, to noticing images, sensations and other creative processes. I work with distress, from anxiety, anger, fear and sadness, with compassion and empathy at the heart of the work. I use current mindfulness techniques, which involves inviting you to turn towards your distress, and stay with your difficult feelings.
My grounding in humanistic counselling places empathy, congruence and non-judgment at the centre of the work. My current masters training in Core Process Psychotherapy at Karuna Institute (Karuna meaning compassion) has deepened my skills in helping a client to deepen into their feelings and inner emotional life, bringing with it greater awareness with the potential for change.
I also integrate existentialist counselling in the work, which looks at our choices at the level of our existence, and assumes that we face 4 main givens in life:
1. Our awareness of death and wish to be alive
2. Our responsibility for our choices and actions
3. Our isolation: we enter this world alone, and we must leave it alone
4. Our meaning-making: it is up to the individual to make meaning out of life
An existentialist approach also considers our different 'realms' of being in life:
1. Physical dimension: on the physical dimension we relate to our environment and to the givens of the natural world around us.
2. Social dimension: on the social dimension we relate to others as we interact with the public world around us.
3. Psychological dimension: on the psychological dimension we relate to ourselves and in this way create a personal world.
4. Spiritual dimension: on the spiritual dimension we relate to the unknown and thus create a sense of an ideal world, an ideology and a philosophical outlook.
I see the work as very creative: in feeling our feelings, we can become more open in our lives and more in tune with our sensitivity.
I have been counselling for 6 years, and am currently undergoing further training in mindfulness based psychotherapy. Because of my psychotherapeutic trainee status, I am offering counselling, integrated with mindfulness psychotherapy, at £45 an hour.
'Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness, with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else. The mark of mature students is that most of the time, they don’t do something else. They’re just here, living their life. Nothing special.'
- Charlotte Joko Beck
I enjoy resourcing myself through playing the guitar, yoga and trekking. I am influenced by Buddhist mindfulness techniques and regularly meditate and go on retreats. .
My experience includes the following
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (2013-2015)
- MA in Core Process Psychotherapy, Karuna (2016 until 2020)
- Cruse Bereavement and Mind counsellor 2013-2016
- Private Practice since 2016
'Inner Self' - Fintan Whelan