'Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through life without any obstaclesâ€¦we would not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly!â€™ Lessons from a Butterfly, Author Unknown
Trauma, loss, bereavement, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, ill-health and major life changes can affect us all at some point in our lives. And we can sometimes feel overwhlemed. Counselling aims to offer an accepting, compassionate and safe place for us to express our thoughts and feelings about whatever is troubling us at these times; to accept and acknowledge ourselves as we are so that healing can take place and change can occur. In counselling we may be encouraged to explore and challenge unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, and to rediscover our own innate strengths and wisdom, so that we can look beyond the immediate problem and gain new perspectives. With increased awareness comes the possibility of making more creative choices which, in turn, enables us to lead more fulfilling lives.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor, EMDR Accredited Practitioner and Supervisor with many years' experience gained mainly in the NHS. My approach is Integrative and underpinned by a Person-Centred philosophy.
'Trauma is not a life sentence' Peter Levine
Traumatic symptoms can result from the experience of an overwhelming event or a series of distressing ones. Common symptoms include irritability, anger, panic attacks, feelings of shame and guilt, isolation and fear, hypervigilance, poor sleep, restlessness, being easily startled and avoidance behaviours. Research has been conducted demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. EMDR can also be extremely effective in healing early attachment issues and in the relief of panic attacks and phobias. The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) has validated EMDR as a preferred method of treatment in the NHS for post-traumatic stress disorder.
â€˜Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.' Ralph Waldo Emerson
I offer EMDR and Counselling supervision. This can be provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Small groups offer the added richness of peer interaction while, at the same time, remaining intimate. They are also a cost effective alternative to one-to-one supervision. I have ongoing open groups. Please contact me if you are interested in joining a group or if you and a group of peers would like to establish a new group in my practice in Cranbrook or at your place of work.