Responding to the Call

Responding to the call to do personal work is about surrendering to the experience of slowing down and of honouring yourself with the sacred pause of self-care.

It’s about creating the space to develop awareness and embodied presence by cultivating curiosity. In practicing embodied presence you make space for your wholeness by acknowledging that all of you is welcome – your Light, your Shadow and all of your in between -- with acceptance and without judgement.

When you begin to observe your experience from a place of curiosity, you begin to make what’s unconscious, conscious and you emerge from your conditioning and the everyday trance. You reconnect to yourself and discover who you truly are.

Our sessions are explorations in opening to curiosity, to wonder, to the mystery.

"From an evolutionary perspective our species' brain development correlates with a growing capacity for self-awareness...we are not at the end of our evolutionary story. We have the tools that can awaken mindfulness and compassion in ourselves and guide us to...our collective path of healing and freedom..." Tara Brach, meditation teacher, psychologist and author of Radical Compassion

My approach provides a safe, confidential environment and a holistic exploration into health and wellbeing, combining mindfulness, traditional talk therapy and the mystery of you.

 
Things to Consider

Each session is 50 minutes long and usually we will see each other once a week.

 

Note: If you're in crisis it's advisable to meet twice a week for the first 2-3 weeks, or more, if necessary.

 

It’s important to keep our sessions regular so we become familiar with one another. As we get to know one another, and a sense of trust develops, we're able to explore your experience of pain or confusion more deeply.  

 

Counselling-Therapy is short, medium or long-term, depending on your needs and what has brought you to therapy. We’ll discuss what duration may be the best fit for you in the earlier stages but they are always subject to change as we go along.

 

The following questions are helpful to ask when contemplating the length of therapy:

  • How long has this problem been affecting me?

  • How deeply entrenched am I in unhelpful thinking, habits and/or coping skills?

  • How many aspects of my life are being impacted such as work, relationships, health, etc?

 

Short-term

  • Situational problems and life events (loss of a loved one, redundancy, failure to achieve a goal, children leaving home, retirement, etc.)

  • 10-20 sessions

  • Task and technique oriented

Medium-term

  • Issues which require more support (marriage breakup, illness, relationship difficulties, ageing, etc.)

  • 21-50 sessions 

  • Deeper exploration into unhelpful patterns of behaviour

Long-term

  • Deeply ingrained, long-standing issues (of depression, anxiety, anger, etc.; emotional and physical neglect, abuse and trauma)

  • Over 50 sessions

  • For those with an enduring sense of hopelessness or dissatisfaction with life

  • Helps you gain insight into dissatisfaction

  • A journey of self-discovery

  • Helps you develop a more meaningful, connected way of life

  • Gives you the necessary time to explore areas of internal conflict that are holding you back or impacting your relationships

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