About

About Counselling in General…

NB  I am unable to take on new clients till Wednesday September 1st 2021…however, please feel free to get in touch during the last week in August to pre-book.

NB  During the Covid 19 outbreak, Golden Leaf Counselling is currently functioning as normal, but there are limitations on how many face to face sessions that I can offer during lockdown periods. These are restricted to emergency sessions and sessions that are spaced out for safety reasons.  If however you would prefer a telephone or skype session at any time , please let me know.  Some walking sessions may also be available.  See also my Blog page for some general advice if you are feeling anxious.

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). From 2020 I am also PFOA (Police Fire Arms Officers Association)  registered.

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

Dementia Support

Special interests include:    Life path Choices and Decisions;  Mentoring; Dream work where appropriate (Jungian type Dream analysis) Dementia Support

Currently Studying:  Cultural/Religious Identity:  modern challenges