Awareness. Acceptance. Action.
I use traditional counselling skills and coaching techniques, aligned with a mindfulness approach to bring about healing and growth. I employ a combination of psychotherapeutic approaches with the philosophical and spiritual wisdom of yoga and meditation. My approach can be summarised as:
Awareness – together we will develop your awareness skills - of the situation, of yourself, your behaviours, your dreams, your past. Learning to watch yourself, your reactions, emotions, behaviour, thoughts.
Acceptance – we will work together on building your acceptance of where you are, your story, your gifts and limitations. Un-attaching from stories and beliefs which hold you back. Not avoiding the situations or people which make you uncomfortable. This is important for developing self love and self esteem, both essential for growth and healing.
Action – practical exercises to move forward; talking is great – but we don’t come unstuck just by talking. Techniques used could involve mindfulness meditation, journaling, body work and other homework.
Depending on the individual, we may cover all of the above, or only one part. We may spend longer on developing awareness, or working on acceptance. It all depends on what you need.
I work best with those who understand that they need to take an active role in their healing process, and who are invested in our relationship. I provide a bespoke service, which can be limited to weekly hour-long sessions, or a more specialised service with homework, daily emails and assignments. Whichever approach we agree to take, you will have my support throughout the process. An initial conversation is recommended to understand your needs.
This approach might be useful to you, if you are experiencing or have experienced the following:
Feeling stuck with any aspect of your life, for example in a career or relationship; or unable to set and achieve goals
Feelings of powerlessness in your life; wanting to gain more personal power
Experience of emotional upheaval or trauma
Experience of depression and anxiety
Wanting to gain greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and your story
Wanting to gain greater awareness of your blockers, and what prevents you from moving forward
Understanding how our past experiences influence our lives today – and help in letting go of the past
Experiencing life changes, understanding what you can learn from these, support as you move through them
Investigating more about your purpose and direction in life
How can meditation and mindfulness help me?
Meditation and other mindfulness practices are important in several ways. Firstly, they can help with anxiety, depression and stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, (as opposed to the adrenaline releasing sympathetic system). More parasympathetic activity means less stress and therefore better health. Numerous scientific studies have shown the benefits of this. Secondly, mindfulness improves our awareness – of our thoughts, emotions, reactions. Being able to become an impartial observer of yourself is key in developing self-understanding, whether you are identifying blockers, or your values, or figuring out the impact of previous experiences on your beliefs and behaviours today. Meditation also helps with improved cognition and concentration, better sleep patterns and relaxation.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes. All information between client and coach is completely confidential. With informed consent, I will make written notes of the sessions. These are used only to further the coaching and healing approach. Notes are always kept secure and confidential. Professional and legal requirements determine how long notes must be kept. After that they are destroyed. Complete confidentiality is essential to successful therapy. If I believe that you are in danger or harming yourself or others, I have a duty of care to inform the local health authorities.
Where are the sessions held?
Sessions are held in person in Ibiza at a mutually agreed location. I sometimes like to choose outside places, such as quiet beaches, but this is the client’s choice.Sessions are also available on Skype.
What if I am seriously depressed or anxious, or have other serious psychological issues?
After our initial conversation(s), we will decide if we can work together or not. As I am not a clinical psychologist, we may decide my approach is not appropriate for you and I will recommend another coach or therapist who may be better suited.Please note that meditation and mindfulness based practices are not always suited for severe psychiatric disorders.
How much does it cost?
Sessions and the approach are bespoke and will be agreed upon between us before we start. As an example, costs can range from EURO 80 per 50 min session, with no outside support – up to EURO 1000 per month for ongoing support, resources, daily emails, and more intensive coaching. Many clients start with the weekly sessions before moving into the more intensive programme.
Any more questions?
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