The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
- Lao TZU
Welcome to Pondering Elephants
You are an individual, there is no one on the planet that is the same as you. As a therapist I have travelled, researched and work tirelessly, aiming to bring you the most eclectic mix of therapy on offer.
Not only do I work within mainstream therapy as an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I also recognise the integrity of global therapies, from Eco-therapy and Indigenous Practice to Hypnotherapy, mindfulness and spiritual guidance.
Expertise with you at heart
As an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I am trained to hold you in as safe a space as possible, to allow you the space to talk and be listened to without judgement. This is a regular, reflective practice, that allows you the time to find your own way, with the gentlest of steers, nudges and interventions. We may ponder on behavioural, cognitive and physiological systems as well as touch on social themes and theories. For information, visit my Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling page.
In my role as an Eco-Therapist, I deepen your connection to the earth, bringing you back to your animal being. In the West particularly, many of us experience a severance from nature through society’s expectations of us. I offer you a safe space to recognise your part in nature’s community. Nature can help you find answers, allow you to step out of the ‘rat race’ and to reconnect with this magical, instinctual part of you. I may also give you exercises and time to reflect, to help you gain insight into who you are. For information, visit my Eco-therapy page.
As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist & EMDR therapist, I offer rapid, solution focused, therapy, which uses relaxation methods, linguistic therapy, and exercises to help your subconscious open to new understandings. Like Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, this is a client centred, and largely an integrative, approach with many crossovers but has more input from me as a therapist, to guide you to recognise and work through subconscious blocks. Hypnotherapy works from the premise that our emotions are often born in reaction to a fear response. The subconscious may relate one understanding to another, at times, causing confusion through the making of mistakes that can get in the way of our lives. For information, visit my Hypnotherapy page.
Stress, Anxiety and Fear
I specialise in stress, anxiety & fear and whether its counselling, Eco-therapy or Hypnotherapy you are interested in, there is something here for you within all these therapies.
Talking through your relationship issues may lead to clarity. I have theoretic knowledge and techniques we can discuss to help you identify trigger points and to begin to find your own way. (All therapies relevant)
Ecotherapy can be exceptionally good for relating to our spiritual selves, when all is failing in the human world let the more than human world embrace and comfort you. Talk to those gone before and learn to appreciate the shadow and the light.
Limiting beliefs can really hold you back. Learn where these beliefs come from. Learn how they might hold you back unnecessarily. Learn how they can grow over time and how to stop this from happening.
We may re-frame past events, focus on your capabilities and the resources you have within you.
Panic attacks are common and I appreciate how frightening these can be. I aim to examine and re-frame the cause.
I can teach you methods to help you relax. I will help you learn to change them to mean something else.
Why do we fear things that are unlikely to harm us? Phobias are funny to everybody other than the person who suffers from them. If left untreated, phobias may enhance over time.
I have specific techniques for the treatment of phobias and will give you some relaxation therapy to help eradicate the problem. Hypnotherapy can be particularly useful with this.
As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, I have an extensive tool kit to help you become a non-smoker. I have many techniques to help you resist the craving and change the pattern of your habit so you can move towards a more healthy life.
If you suffer pain or discomfort or have a diagnosis that is causing you anxiety, I have some soothing relaxation and self-healing techniques that may help.
Many physical illnesses and problems are exacerbated by stress and anxiety, for instance irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorders, skin problems, stammering and many more.
Insomnia is experienced by many people. Cognitive Hypnotherapy offers a drug-free programme to help you feel refreshed. I will look at your sleep routine and assist you with some relaxation therapy and bespoke WordweavingTM to help you relax at home (see section on WordweavingTM above)
As a holistic therapist I can work with many challenges and across many genres. If you are seeking help for something not mentioned, please contact me and I will let you know if I can help.