Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy is about appreciation of the creatures in the natural world- wildlife we see every day, or our pets. We may be emotionally moved by photos or paintings of animals. It is about being aware of animals and taking time to notice how they make us feel. Animal Assisted Therapy can be part or your therapeutic counselling process if this would suit you. We will discuss this on our initial session together, and plan your individual counselling process.
Example of Animal Assisted Therapy
I met a Squirrel
Well, a funny thing happened yesterday. I was in the garden, watching a squirrel with a hazelnut in his mouth, perched on the fence. He seemed to be contemplating a good place to hide his find. He froze, motionless as he noticed me. I stood very still, and became aware that my heart was really racing. ‘Funny,’ I thought- ‘I have just walked up the steps, but I can’t be that unfit!’
As I looked at the squirrel, I noticed that his little chest was quivering. I had a strange sensation that I was sensing his heartbeat fluttering in my own heart. I calmed myself by slowly and consciously breathing. As I felt my heart beat return to normal, the squirrel twitched his nose, and lofted a front paw. He stayed put, but no longer seemed to be afraid. This was a very precious moment of connection with such a pretty creature until he was frightened away by a passing dog walker. I see him each morning, busy in the garden, so hopefully we can meet up again.
I offer therapeutic counselling at my practice in Market Lavington.
How can Therapeutic Counselling help?
Therapeutic Counselling is about having someone to talk to you can trust, who is non-judgemental and works with you to understand your world. As a counsellor, I provide support for you and a safe outlet for emotions brought up by life events, such as bereavement, coping with anxiety and depression, relationships, anything you would like to explore and understand about yourself. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence can get in the way of personal growth and really affect how you cope with the struggle of day-to-day life. .
How I work
I work in an integrative way, bringing together different therapies that are beneficial for you personally. I offer short or long term counselling, depending on individual needs.
Therapies I use:
- Person-centred (about you)
- Psychosynthesis (understanding yourself)
- Gesthalt (body awareness)
- Transpersonal (spirituality)
- Psycodynamic (childhood)
Therapeutic Counselling can help with (for example):
- Anxiety, stress
- Bereavement (people or pets)
- Relationships and family
- Life events
- Eating Disorders
- Low self esteem
- Divorce & separation
- Affairs and betrayal
How to book your first session
Taking that first step to ask for help can be extremely daunting, and it takes courage to make that call, send that text message or email.
Once we have made contact, we will make an appointment for your first session will be about what the counselling process is, and how we work together to give you the best support. It can take a few weeks to become familiar with how the process helps you and to feel the benefits. Counselling is not about a quick fix, but to sow the seeds of long-term progress and personal development. We will set a time and day which suits you for your future sessions.
My therapy studio in Market Lavington is set in the cottage garden, up a set of steps, surrounded by lovely plants, in a peaceful setting. I will wait for you by the cottage gate and take you up to the studio.
Price of Counselling:
£40 (50 minutes)
Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP, (registered)
Counselling Market Lavington
I offer therapeutic counselling and am a member of the Therapist Team at Life on Top at The Healthy Life Co.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Horses are great counsellors. Equine assisted therapy is about the horse being part of the therapy session, alongside me. At our initial session, we can discuss if my horses would be of support to you in your individual counselling process.
The aftermath of the festive season. Tired decorations and wilting trees consigned to the recycling centre and exhaustion from the effort of keeping the peace between family members, or from travelling miles to see as many relatives as humanly possible.
For some, being single at this time is a pleasant relief, but for others it can be a lonely and desolate time of year.
Building time for yourself into each day is so important for your self-worth, fading the ‘merry-go-round’ of festive frenzy to a distant memory.
Try to slow down, and to be mindful of everything you do – focusing on one thing at a time and doing it well, and slowing your breathing, can bring a sense of calm and achievement to daily chores.
Exercise can be a really good way to bring balance back into you life: physical movement is as good for your mind as your body.
Sharing problems with someone you trust, who has been through similar circumstances and will not judge you, is so important for your self-esteem and to feel that your are not alone.
A close friend, family member or a qualified counsellor can be really supportive.
Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP
Find out about counselling with me