Counselling and Psychotherapy in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
If you are looking for counselling or psychotherapy with a well-established and professionally trained therapist in the East Midlands, I may be able to help you. I am based in Wirksworth, near Matlock, Derbyshire.
I am a UK Council for Psychotherapy Registered psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years experience of working therapeutically with people from a diversity of backgrounds on a wide range of issues. I work with individuals, couples and groups both privately, through employee assistance programmes and within the NHS. I have a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy and have also trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence approved, 'Counselling for Depression' (CfD) model.
I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and have several years' experience in working with therapists on an individual and small group basis. I work with both trainee and qualified & experienced therapists.
Personal & Professional Development Training
I offer training and development on a range of topics, however, an area of particular interest to me is rites of passage. Rites of passage are often major transition points in our lives that can offer an opportunity for enormous growth. For example, becoming a parent, reaching mid-life, the ending of a relationship, when a child leaves home, retirement, the death of a significant other, etc. In times past, the extended family, or the larger community often assisted with such transitions. In contemporary life however, these important passages sometimes have little recognition and we are often left to make sense of the experience for ourselves.
The significant changes involved in these transitions involve us negotiating some degree of loss before moving into a new stage of life. As result of my interest and experience in bereavement and loss, I have developed a particular interest in the field of conscious living/conscious dying. Far from being morbid, the reflective practice of facing up to our impermanence is hugely life-affirming. I facilitate workshops in this area, drawing on the inspired work of great thinkers such as Joseph Sharp, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Irvin Yalom, Steven & Ondrea Levine. I am also a member of Dying Matters, a national coalition that aims to change attitudes to bereavement, death and dying, so that these aspects of life become natural and accepted. I am available for workshops and training focussed on both personal and professional development as well as 1:1 work in this area.