Counselling and working with counselling skills has been important to me over the years. A thoughtful teacher, and indeed any thoughtful person within a conscious process of self-development learns to use listening skills.
Learning how to be a spiritual counsellor was an integral part of my training as a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister. This is because empathy and understanding are a part of the process that you and I go through as we interact, and particularly if I am your teacher or your celebrant.
Counselling might be helpful for you or you and your partner or a member of your family when some of the changes that are taking place in your life require your attention. Rites of passage such as coming of age, marriage, giving birth, or going through menopause are cause for celebration but at the same time these, or perhaps the experience of bereavement, can highlight difficulties or pain which you may like to talk through as part of your life process.
Counselling training from the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary drew on techniques and understandings from different schools, rather than following one particular method (eg cognitive, person-centred, Gestalt etc). Two years’ training was followed up for me with two years’ mentoring, which was specifically an offering of counselling to seven students, along with more general guidance, supporting and facilitating.
During the process of self disclosure in the counselling situation a client may expect a confidential space of non-judgement and safety. I aim to keep my heart and mind open at all times to everyone, and to celebrate difference but not separation. Please be assured that whatever your race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, age, ability/disability, state of health, economic status or anything else that distinguishes you, you will be welcome and accepted.
I am available for counselling by appointment. Please find my contact details on the Contact page above.
Occasionally I am asked about tarot readings and other creative exercises which may help to develop our own sense of inner knowing as part of the counselling process. Please ask about this if you are interested.