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Going to those thorny, difficult-to-go-to-places: The Hero and Heroines Journey
The shadow - I welcome all parts of you, especially those shadowy, denied or forgotten parts of you that you have kept hidden. I know of the transformational potential held within sitting with what is most difficult within us, the paradox is that when we are courageous enough to face what is most difficult, without an agenda, without cohersion, then we create the conditions for change and transformation. That which is forgotten, deied, locked up in the store house of our mind can not chnage, it remains stubornly still and unchanaged. If you can welcome your vulnerability and the courageous spirit to peek at what is there... you create the conditions for chnage...
Time and time again I am convinced of the value of stregthening
Difficult life events that feel hard to move beyond
Disillusionment and difficulties in family/relationship
Bereavement and loss
Trauma, mental or physical abuse
Issues of self esteem & self discovery
Addictions & eating disorders
Coping with change & transition
Yearning for life meaning, purpose & personal fulfilment
A wish for personal & spiritual growth
Emptiness & feeling stuck
Stress & anxiety related issues
Depression & feelings of isolation/disconnection
Loss of values, direction & identity
Conflict & communication
Facing lifes challenges together
Supporting you to explore and deepen into your inner experience, thoughts and feelings.
The benefit of establishing a connection with your inner world is more self-awareness, clarity in thinking and feeling, more calm and flexibility and an increase in inner resources.
THE WORLD CAN ONLY CHANGE FROM WITHIN - EKHART THOLLE
“You are what you believe yourself to be”
– Paulo Coehlo
“Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it.”
– Paulo Coehlo
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw
It can be a one-off session, it can be short-term counselling for a few weeks, or it can be long-term lasting many months or years.
Relational and Humanistic - Attending to the relationship and the relational space and exchange that occurs between you and I, client and therapist, offers a rich platform for relational insight and exploration. Also encouraging and nurturing the ongoing development of your relationship to your inner world: the parts, characters and voices you carry within you. Inner relationship work supports you to strengthen a non judgemental, open and receiving attitude to whatever is present within you. Together we work to nurture a more vital and aware relationship in all areas of your life.
Presence - Being fully present in a therapy session involves being open to whatever is happening, responding to each moment by moment without a pre conceived plan or agenda.
Co-creation and Collaboration - The work is offered as a cooperative collaboartion where we journey together as equals. This offers a very different feel to a more medicalised/traditional therapy situation where there is an arbitrary separation between the therapist and client, and the therapist is the 'expert'.
Meaning - You will find the question 'What does this mean to you?' permeates our work together, explicitly and implicitly. Rather than ideas of 'wrongdoing' and 'rightdoing' we work with your deepest value and meaning.
Creative Processes (Creative Expressive Therapy)
Other-than-word and creative approaches will meet you at a non verbal and intuitive level of experiencing. Here people tend to find themselves less armored and therefore more open to exploration and growth work. Working in this way helps open and broaden the material you are working on, offering fresh perspectives and insights. Doodling, shaping clay, using stones and pebbles or other objects to indicate relationship dynamics, creative storytelling, visualising or other methods can be offered. Absolutely no creative merit needed!
Creative Dream Exploration (Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts)
The images and symbols of dreams can be baffling to our waking consciousness. Through the unique process of creative enquiry healing, value and meaning can emerge.
Body Oriented Awareness/ Somatic Approach - (Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy)
Your bodily sense and bodily wisdom is a vast source of rich inner knowing. Tapping into this stream of information can increase your intuition, reliance on your 'gut instinct' and help you to make more clear decisions. Body oriented approaches invite you to connect with inner content that may be emotional, sensory or symbolic that is held in your body and support you to strengthen an ongoing bodily awareness.
Mindfull Practice - (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
No meditation experience or skill needed! Mindfulness can offer you a way to slow down, be present and to bring awareness to your present experiencing; often offering great relaxation, quietening of a busy mind and centering your energy. Offering you the gift of being fully present with your attention available for whatever is happening moment to moment. .
Psycho-therapeutic Energy Work - (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Energy psychology and the resultant therapeutic advancements are at the cutting edge of new developments in the field. The fusion of Western talk therapy and Eastern energy meridian therapy results in techniques that can help people to delve deep into the unknown, much like in hypnosis, and retrieve depth material, change and resolve inner turmoil and conflict, and transform inner beliefs and programming. This pioneering approach takes 'the edge off' previously big emotional memories, works quickly to identify root issues and causes of emotional disturbance and offers huge emotional relief in a significantly shorter time than traditional talk therapy.
Therapeutic Coaching - (Solution Focused)
My therapeutic coaching style holds your forward movement in mind, balancing that with your inner journey and inner resources. I do not have imposed solutions to your problems but I can support you to identify the steps and actions that you want to take.
Taking the work outside can help to bring fresh perspectives. Nature is also a dynamic, alive and creative environment that provides a rich backdrop to ponder, reflect upon and engage with therapeutically to aid your own discovery and growth. We can sit in my large and mature garden or take a gentle walk on a pre destined course.
- Attending to the relationship and the relational space and exchange that occurs between you and I, client and therapist, offers a rich platform for relational insight and exploration. Also encouraging and nurturing the ongoing development of your relationship to your inner world: the parts, characters and voices you carry within you. Inner relationship work supports you to strengthen a non judgemental, open and receiving attitude to whatever is present within you. Together we work to nurture a more vital and aware relationship in all areas of your life.
Being fully present in a therapy session involves being open to whatever is happening, responding to each moment by moment without a pre conceived plan or agenda.
Co-creation and Collaboration
This is very different from the more traditional therapy situation where there is an arbitrary separation between the therapist and client, and the therapist is the 'expert'.
What happens in a session?
Most often we will sit down together in my therapy lounge and you will have the space to talk, I will respond with the aim of helping you to sense deeper into your process. Together we may notice patterns or themes that emerge, or wonder about intentions or motivations behind behaviours, thoughts or actions. We will pause, reflect and be curious about your experience.
Alongside talk therapy, there are a number of illuminating and exploratory resources, activities and processes that may support you in your journey. You may also find yourself creating life maps, journaling, experimenting with doodling or clay work, moving stones and pebbles to explore relationship dynamics, practising creative visualisations, mindfulness or body focusing. In fact, the list of possibilities are endless
Research suggests that by applying, experimenting and integrating self-help behaviours into your daily life you will greatly enhance your potential to create deep and lasting positive change. With this in mind, I may offer you resources or self-help practices to experiment with between sessions.
How does change happen?
I do not have imposed solutions, offer advice, give guidance on your actions or your circumstance. The principle that guides my work is the understanding that you have the potential and ability to make the right choices for yourself. I, therefore, see my role as creating the conditions where your own capacity for positive forward movement is enlivened. Thereby, supporting you to make the changes that you wish to make.
Radical acceptance vs diagnostics and labels- In my professional and personal experience, I have seen people with mental health diagnosis being viewed through the lens of pathology, symptoms and labels. In the spirit of radical acceptance, I do not diagnose and I do not label. I am not trained to do so and nor would I want to. I work from the understanding that every one of us is an intricate, complex and entirely unique being and when we work together, I will work with all that you are bringing, working with you the person – not a label.
The Professional - EDITED FROM MEET ANGELA
I began training in creative expressive therapies in 2001 and I was awarded a foundation degree in creative expressive therapy with an art therapy specialism in 2004.
In 2009 I began my professional integrative counselling training and in 2011 I qualified with a counselling diploma, gaining entry onto the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists register of counsellors and psychotherapists.
Over the years 2013 - 2015 I trained in emotional freedom techniques levels 1, 2 and 3 and became a practitioner of EFT.
In 2014 I began training in outdoor nature based practice and eco-therapy, supporting the development of my walk and talk therapeutic service.
From 2015 until the present I have been training in focusing, a mindful body oriented psychotherapeutic approach.
In 2017 I expanded my studies and learning to include FOAT, Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts Therapies.
If you would like to see my training, qualifications, and professional membership details, please follow this link
Hello and welcome
I am delighted to introduce the counselling and therapeutic approach that I have developed over 15 years of training and experience.
I offer an integrative and in-depth approach to personal growth and healing, meeting you at the level of heart, mind and body.
My therapeutic style is grounded in a gentle, person centred counselling approach; holding the importance of our relationship, curious exploration and deep listening at the centre. Weaving my extensive training from influences in body oriented therapies, mindfulness approaches, eco therapy and expressive arts.
Who Does Angela Work With?
I work frequently with individual adults who are experiencing life transitions. A time of transition is often induced by outer circumstances such as a big life change: moving overseas, divorce or separation, illness, midlife, loss and bereavement, a change in career, an identity change, parenthood, a new relationship etc. Transitions are times of emotional difficulty and hardship and are accompanied by a need to re-evaluate oneself, lifestyle and choices. I also work with people wanting to reassess their life purpose, direction and meaning.