There are many different types of counselling and far too many for me to list here! The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is my governing organisation and if you go to their web site (www.bacp.co.uk), you can find out more information on different types of counselling, and information about their ethical code of practice which I follow.
I am a Person-Centred and Integrative counsellor which means I can be flexible in how I work depending on your needs. As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself and your circumstances the best and so I will not tell you what to do! In exploring what you bring to our sessions, I help you to learn more about yourself and to re-discover your inner resources so that you can find your best way forward. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!
The Integrative part is for those individuals who would like or need a more structured therapy. It’s a more “problem-solving” approach, and there may be a little homework to do between our meetings.
How we work
How we work is up to you and what feels most comfortable, for example we could start in a Person-Centred way and then continue in a more problem-solving way. It is flexible and guided by you. Whichever approach you choose, counselling is about talking about our feelings, thoughts and behaviors to gain personal insight. I offer face-to-face meetings or telephone sessions and am willing to discuss Skype if you would like to work in that method.
Why go private or see an independent counsellor like me?
It is true that counselling is sometimes available free of charge in some GP surgeries or through some charities. These organisations may have a long waiting list as the counsellor may only be available a day or two each week. I am available to work with more flexibility, offering some appointment times outside of office hours, and without a waiting list I am ready to work with you when you are ready.
In choosing to see an independent counsellor, you have the choice of who you wish to work with, rather than having a counsellor allocated to you. This means you can look around and find the counsellor who is experienced in working with the difficulty you have. You also have the freedom to find a counsellor located close to work or home rather than the inconvenience of travelling to your GP surgery. Some individuals may prefer to see a counsellor that is not located in their workplace.
The number of counselling sessions an individual may have in the NHS, Employee Assistant Programmes or through charities is often time limited to say six or eight sessions. Choosing an independent counsellor puts you in the driving seat where our sessions are not restricted by number. An independent counsellor may also be more accessible, for instance I can be contacted through email, text and phone to make, cancel and rearrange appointments.
Where I work
I currently work from three Wrexham-based locations and am able to meet with you at whichever location is most convenient for you. If you do not state a preference, I try to see the majority of individuals at S.W. Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn Business Centre, Brynestyn Road, Wrexham, LL13 9TY (the rugby club). Although this is a physiotherapy clinic, I am able to see you whatever your concern/s – it doesn’t have to be health related! There is a comfortable waiting area.
I also work from rooms at the “Back to Health” Chiropractic Clinic, 160 Chester Road, Wrexham, LL12 8DS, and the Wellness Centre on the first floor of Schwartz Opticians in Charles Street, Wrexham town centre.
S.W. Physiotherapy is fully wheelchair accessible with dedicated disabled parking spaces and wheelchair-friendly toilets. The entrance and hall flooring is vinyl, with a low pile carpet to the waiting area and consulting rooms which are all ground level. This is a suitable venue for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
There are no steps to gain entry to “Back to Health”, however my consulting room is upstairs.
Access to the Wellness Centre is via the opticians where there is a small step. Once inside the floor is made of wood with carpeted stairs to the first floor where the Wellness Centre is based. There is a stair lift available to reach the first floor, which is currently out of use. The first floor waiting area and counselling rooms are low-pile carpeted. This venue and “Back to Health” are not suitable environments for non-weight bearing individuals or those unable to use stairs.
Walking Talking Therapy
This is a new service that is being offered by Kim, however the ideas behind Walking and Talking Therapy are grounded in solid scientific research. If you are interested in this method of therapy delivery, please contact Kim for further information.
Walking and Talking Therapy takes place outside in open green spaces that are familiar to Kim. Wherever possible, she will suggest walking in places with benches, toilets and formal footpaths. Since this is an outside therapy, it stands to reason that appropriate footwear and clothing will be required by you and that if the weather turns inclement the session will still go ahead outside. Usually the first one or two sessions take place indoors before moving to the great outdoors.
Clearly you may have some concerns about confidentiality whilst walking, amongst other things and these can be discussed in the sessions prior to moving outside. Kim will supply you with a written and verbal informed consent agreement which may address some of your concerns.
Creative Approaches in Therapy
Talking therapy has a long and established evidence base. Other approaches to therapy such as Art, Drama, and Hypnotherapy are also well supported in research. I work in a creative way, blending the Person-Centred approach to talking therapy with elements of CBT and Mindfulness. If something a little more creative was desirable for you, I can also offer Shamanic approaches to self-discovery.
Just as Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy utilise getting into a gentle trance state through either meditation or verbal suggestion, the Shamanic approach uses voice or drumming to act as the vehicle to reaching the trance state in a Shamanic Journey. You are in complete control whilst you are meditating (journeying) with the things that you see and hear arising from your unconscious. Shamanic journeying is a fantastic way to by-pass the “thinking brain” and to access your inner resources arising from your own unconscious. What you experience on the journey we will discuss and find your own personal meaning and symbolism and this can help you move forward. It is possible for me to journey for you.
In shamanism the belief is that illness, including mental and physical is the result of a loss of part of the self, and therefore retrieving that lost part leads to wholeness and wellness. This type of journeying is called Soul Retrieval. I would journey for you to retrieve the part that is missing, and this is particularly useful for traumatic experiences and chronic pain. The Medicine Wheel is a fantastic way of gaining clarity around particular difficulties. We would ask ourselves questions around the difficulty which are specific to each of the directions (e.g. north, south, east, west). The shamanic approach recognises that life is made up of cycles and each direction therefore has particular symbolism and meaning. By asking questions to the different directions, it creates a multi-layered understanding of where you are and how to move forward. Ancestral Work can be useful for identifying where patterns of behaviour or pain have originated, and these ancestral lines maybe healed.
Just as in Mindfulness meditation, I present journeying and shamanic approaches in a secular way regardless of the spiritual or religious orientation that you may or may not hold. For Journeying and Soul Retrieval, you would need to be able to lay down on the floor or sit in a chair for 15-30 minutes (depending upon the time that we agree). For the Medicine Wheel, you would need to be able to change your position to face each of the directions from the centre of a circle. I am very happy to discuss any element of the above.