Counselling based between Robertsbridge and Battle, East Sussex

Contact 07854 857120
Email:
melanie@you-in-mind.com


Person-centred Counselling

I am a person centred counsellor. I work with the understanding that given the correct environment all of our wounds and pain can be healed. I also work with the understanding that we hold within us not only the past and present but also our potential, a propensity for growing towards the fullest expression of ourselves.

Mindfulness

I frequently work with Mindfulness techniques to build awareness of inner dialogue and emotions. My training and experience comes from the traditional way. I spent ten days in a Buddhist retreat in the Himalayas. I then spent a further ten days on a silent meditation retreat, solidly practising pure Mindfulness. This was more than ten years ago and I have practiced it myself and incorporated it into my counselling work since then.

Body Awareness and breath-work

As a qualified yoga teacher, I use body awareness a lot in my practice. Emotions are felt and stored with the body, so understanding the different sensations can give us a signpost to emotions that are out of our conscious awareness. Breath-work techniques can be very useful in combination with Mindfulness, as an effective tool in coping with panic and for staying in the present moment. Breath can also help to release stuck emotions.

Art, dreams and symbolism

Always available is a selection of creative material to enable expression for when words are not enough. Drawing dreams and emotions can not only give clarity but also help the mind to process and assimilate more efficiently.

Outdoors in nature

As my practice is surrounded by woodlands and fields it is easy to work outdoors in nature, which offers a different perspective on a situation. We can use the natural world as a reflection of our inner world, a classic example would be the weather. Working in this way can also enable access to higher aspects of our consciousness that can be less easy to reach while indoors.

Who is counselling for?

I have worked with people who have addressed the following issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Childhood abuse and/or neglect
  • Surgical recovery
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Domestic abuse
  • Rape
  • Suicide of friend or family member
  • Redundancy
  • Caring for a disabled person
  • Spiritual crisis