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Do you want to make some changes in your life, but feel unsure how to go about it?

One to one counselling with a qualified counsellor may help you to move forward.  Golden Leaf offers a creative approach that will help you understand yourself and your problems better.

I offer an Integrative service – that means that different ways (a portfolio approach) of counselling are woven together to suit the client – and am qualified to Masters Level (MA Integrative Counselling, York St John University).

Whether you like to be structured or non structured, you can be sure that you will be fully involved in the counselling process.  What happens will be largely up to you, but I will accompany you on your journey to a different way of looking at, and coping with, things.

About

About Counselling in General…

Counselling is about creating a safe space for you to talk and to be heard…..it’s two (or 3 in a couples session)  people working together on issues that you, the client bring to the session (usually 50-60  minutes long), and it has a focus on what you can change to feel in more control of your life. It’s bringing a perspective from OUTSIDE of your situation, from someone not part of your usual relationships.

What’s unique to Golden Leaf?

Golden Leaf looks at your life with you as something that grows and changes and has seasons –  What worked for you years or even weeks ago may not be working for you now.   Sometimes it helps to have the input of someone outside your situation…this can help you to make the changes that you feel you need, to make your life more meaningful and more satisfying.
Looking at your current problem in context to the past and what you want in the future, can  help you to see what patterns you want to keep and which ones you want to get rid of.  This can restore hope to a difficult situation and give you some direction.

You also work with a counsellor who is qualified to Masters level  in Integrative (Existential) Counselling, (including Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT approaches) and who teaches  Counselling to university level (currently an Associate Lecturer at the Existential Academy in London).  The work is carried out in accordance with the BACP code of ethics, and by a counsellor with full personal indemnity insurance.  See: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/

Specialisms  

Couples Work (Total of 60 hours of training and 10 years of experience)

Male Identity – (male friendly approach)

Addictions and Dependencies (especially Drug and Alcohol related) ;
Relationship issues (singles, couples or family problems) ;
Bereavement and Loss

Special interests include:    Life path Choices and Decisions;  Mentoring; Dream work where appropriate (Jungian type Dream analysis)
Currently Studying:  Cultural/Religious Identity:  modern challenges

Prices and Terms

Golden Leaf offers you:

Counselling sessions of 55 minutes

Sessions cost £45,  £65 for couples
(concessions for unwaged, proven financial hardship, and full time students)

I commit to let you know as far as possible in advance if I need to cancel…

What Golden Leaf requires of you:

  • to pay on the day or in advance
  • to let me know in good time if you need to cancel – ( if you don’t let me know you need to cancel with at least 24 hours notice,  we regret that the fee is usually charged in fulI)

(Full contract details available on request)

Philosophy

Golden Leaf counsels from a belief system that mankind has a spiritual dimension as well as a physical one… working  with the whole person, rather than with just the one issue that someone may present with.  I incorporate an Existential outlook into my Person Centred counselling base, along with Gestalt and Behavioural working tools.

The Existential approach is more about the journey than the destination…if you think this sounds interesting ask for more details when you contact me.

Since the past continually impacts on the present, I find that Freudian psychodynamic processes are useful for unravelling complex past influences.

I work with the beliefs of each client on an individual basis. I respect other belief systems (my own background is Christian) and have spent time studying other ways of faith. I meditate, practice yoga, have Jewish and Muslim friends, and believe in the use of other techniques and disciplines, such as acupuncture,  reflexology, herbology and paying attention to diet, sleep and exercise.

I also use dream work and art and music  as appropriate and in agreement with you, the client, within my counselling sessions.

Carl Jung said of dreams (1939) in “Modern Man in Search of a Soul”:
The dream gives a true picture of the subjective state, while the conscious mind denies that this state exists, or recognizes it only grudgingly (p. 5).
He also comments:
It is the way of dreams to give us more than we ask (p. 5).
Making Meaning:  Many believe that some kind of faith is at the root of every meaningful action.

Golden Leaf believes that we all operate from a personal value system that guides our actions and our meanings.  We are not always aware what this value system is – it may have been passed on to us through family or other influences -but it is good to know what your own values are.

“The paradox of faith is that we can never be certain of anything but we have to act as if it is so, in full knowledge that it may not be.”
(Van Deurzen & Adams, 2011: 152).

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CPD Network Norwich with GLCS

Continuing Professional Development for Counsellors… Golden Leaf hosts a morning training session every 3-4 months in Norwich on a Friday, 10.00 – 1.30 pm, at Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ. Coffee, Cake and Certificate for £30.00. https://www.anterosfoundation.com Our last training session, on 18.10.19 was called: Fathering, Male Offending and Mental Health and …