Counselling with Shanti
Working in a person-centred, empathic and relational way I offer a space where you might feel safe enough to be fully who you are – not who you ‘want’ to be or think you ‘should’ be. It is through this process (and the connection and trust we build together) that you might begin to find compassion for your self and your past woundings. This is the starting point of embracing parts of yourself that have been rejected and cast into the shadows. As compassion is an essential ingredient in this process of re-integration and healing, I seek to provide this for you until you can find it for yourself.
The way I work recognises that what may be troubling you or holding you back in life is 'carrying' the residue of emotional processes which have been unable to complete for some reason. This might be due to the 'shoulds' you have learnt through your early years' experiences (to survive and be accepted) or due to your 'fight-flight' survival mechanism being stuck or blocked - as is the case in Trauma.
Emotions move naturally given the opportunity, so I offer you my empathic, non-judgemental attention to help yours do so. As I have worked with Mindfulness for many years, my embodied presence can be a support for you whilst you meet challenging emotions. I am also willing to teach you Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or 'tapping' and other energy techniques to support your processing between sessions. These are tools I have found useful in healing my own complex relational trauma and, subsequently, been trained in. If your thoughts and emotions need the opportunity to be expressed creatively, then I offer materials and objects in the space to allow for this way of working too.
The most important thing, is that you feel comfortable guiding the style and pace of the work as, I believe, you are the only expert in your internal world.
- Health-Related Issues
- Loss & Bereavement
- Confidence & Self-Esteem
- Embodied Movement
My Specialisms Include:
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I have completed a course with The Open University on 'How to do Counselling Online: Coronavirus Primer'. I am currently using both telephone and video (Zoom) in meeting with clients and supervises. I am open to hearing your preference and what might work best for you.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. BACP has a formal route through which complaints can be heard if they cannot be resolved, in the first instance, by talking to me - more information is available on BACP's website.
In addition to continuing professional development, I am in on-going supervision for all my therapeutic work.