Do you find yourself trying so hard to get something right that you become tense and frustrated with yourself? You may be so desperate to lose weight/ get fitter/ be better, for example, that you lose sight of being self-aware and doing what is best for you.
I offer Reiki at my practice in Market Lavington.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (Universal life force energy) is an ancient technique, re-discovered by Dr Mikao Usui a Japanese theologian, in the 19th century. It is used to provide that extra boost for the body, promoting the flow of energy helping the body heal itself naturally.
During a treatment, I will channel this energy through my hands and use it to rebalance the chakras, or energy centres.
What happens in a session?
Reiki is a non-invasive, complementary therapy using the energy that flows through all living things, which Eastern medicine has worked with for thousands of years. You will be fully clothed lying on a couch or sitting on a chair. I will place my hands just above or lightly touch, different areas, concentrating on where the energy is most needed.
Your body will take as much energy as it requires. It has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes this healing process becomes weak, or blocked. Your energy can be affected by stress, anxiety, life events, or illness. Reiki helps to bring balance to your mind, body and soul, encouraging deep relaxation, promoting self-healing.
I offer Reiki as a one-off session, or combined with counselling sessions.
Reiki can help with (for example):
- Anxiety and Stress
- Poor circulation
- Balancing emotion
- Immune system
- Respiratory issues
- Skin problems
Price of Reiki:
Price £40 (50 minutes)
Phone: 07710 420357
Mindfulness in Market Lavington
I offer mindfulness in Market Lavington.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about being able to
stay ‘in the moment’- to still a busy mind. It promotes calmness and concentration either with calming exercise, or being still. It is about being present with what is going right now for you- being aware of your surroundings, how you are feeling, focusing on yourself. It could be as simple as making a cup of tea, and focusing calmly on what you are doing right now rather than thinking about what you will do next, your shopping list, where you have to go in a while, and so on.
In a session, we will focus on your self-awareness- noticing your posture, breathing, and what your thoughts are. We will gradually focus on the present, what is happening right now, using mindfulness techniques.
Here is a short video about mindfulness in schools from the BBC London Facebook page.
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)