Counselling and Reiki in Wiltshire

Welcome to my website. My aim is to provide a variety of options to improve both physical and mental health- a holistic way to feel good and to be, and to promote calmness and relaxation.

As a counsellor, a combined approach to psychotherapy enables me to bring together different elements of specific therapies to work in the best way to help you.  I work in an integrative way with a view that there is no single approach that can help each client in all situations.

Animals can play a very important part in developing self-awareness, so my horses are very happy to help you, if you wish. Indoor therapy may not be for everyone: being outdoors can be very grounding and healing- connection with nature can promote a sense of calm and serenity, even if the weather is bad! Nature is powerful and profound and can be refreshing for the soul.

Movement is good for both physical and mental health. Exercise boosts your mood, and improves physical awareness: classes are a great way to make friends.

Life can seem very busy. Taking a mental break through mediation helps you to discover a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

I work in Devizes, Melksham and Market Lavington, Wiltshire

I am a qualified Counsellor,  Reiki Master, Exercise Professional, and a British Horse Society Registered Equestrian Coach.

I can offer:

Please contact me for further details on any of the above.

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Counselling and Reiki in Devizes

Great News! I am a member of the Therapist Team at Life on Top

 at  The Healthy Life Co.

Therapists are located on the top floor of their shop at

4, The Little Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AR.

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What I can offer:

Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP, Reiki Master Practitioner

 I believe that physical and mental health are very closely linked and have an overall impact on wellbeing: Low mood- low energy, low energy-low mood. Talking therapy (counselling) helps you to explore issues that are affecting you, and to gain clearer self-awareness. The body can be greatly affected by emotional distress, and balancing its energy flow with Reiki encourages a sense of deep relaxation and promotes both emotional and physical healing.

Therapy sessions can be either counselling or Reiki, or a combination of both.

Meditation calms a busy mind, and there is time to experience this relaxing technique as part of a full reiki or counselling session.

Counselling

As a counsellor, my role is to provide a safe place for you to explore your feelings: providing an outlet for emotions brought up by life events, such as bereavement, or coping with anxiety and depression brought about by the struggle of day-to-day life. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence can get in the way of personal growth. Counselling is about having someone to talk to you can trust, who is non-judgemental and works with you to understand your world.

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)
  • Dream-work
  • Imagery
  • Gesthalt (body awareness)
  • Transpersonal (spirituality)
  • Psycodynamic (childhood)

 

Our initial 30 minute session is to intoduce you to the counseling process and how we can work together. Further sessions lasts for 50 minutes. We will agree the number of sessions, on weekly basis at a set time.

Counsellling can help with (for example):

  • Anxiety, stress
  • Depression
  • Bereavement (people or pets)
  • Relationships and family
  • Life events
  • Eating Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Low self esteem
  • Loneliness
  • Divorce & separation
  • Affairs and betrayal
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma

 

Price of Counselling:

Initial session £20 (30 minutes)

Further sessions £40 (50 minutes)

 

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.

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
  • Fatigue
  • Poor circulation
  • Balancing emotion
  • Immune system
  • Digestion
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin problems
  • Migraine
  • Menopause
  • Insomnia

 

Price of Reiki:

Taster session £20 (30 minutes)

Full session £40 (50 minutes) 

Contact Claire:

Telephone: 07710 420357

Email: claireballardie@btinternet.com

Website: http://www.wiltshire-wellbeing.co.uk

 

Beating the Winter Blues

The aftermath of the festive season: tired decorations and wilting trees consigned to the recycling centre, 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

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Exercise Classes

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If improved fitness, energy and strength are on your fit list, you’re in luck. These unique classes are part exercise, part dance but all fun. Your future fitness is at your fingertips.

 

The system’s winning mix based on yoga, remedial health exercises and movement, achieves good posture and balance through exercise and maintains it through movement and dance.

 

FLexercise , which used to be known as the Women’s League of Health and Beauty, has played a key role in keeping women of all ages fit since the 1930s.

Classes focus on core-control, strength, balance and fitness. Teachers worldwide combine exercise and dance to carefully selected music in a way that is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. The classes are great fun as well as a very effective way to improve your fitness.

Teachers carefully plan classes to suitable music, which helps to inspire you to perform the exercises – and lifts 
the spirit. Floor-work or chair-based exercise can also be incorporated into the class. Your individual needs will be assessed and by your teacher.

Classwork is suitable for all levels and abilities – you 
can work at your own pace, and move on to more advanced work when you are ready. The exercises can be as hard- working and physically challenging as you want them to be.

The exercises and movements are beneficial to your personal wellbeing. Over time they will improve your balance, agility, co-ordination and rhythmic ability as well as your stamina, strength and suppleness.

Classes are great fun and a good way to meet new friends. Socialise and mobilise- come along and give them a try!

Here are my class details:

Green Dragon 28, High Street Market Lavington SN10 4AG (in the function room behind the pub)

Monday evenings 6.45 – 7.45pm

Wednesday mornings 10.30-11.30am

Time for tea/coffee and a chat afterwards? Get to know your class mates!

The Old School, Church Street, Market Lavington SN10 4DG

Friday Mornings 10.30-11.30am

Time for tea/coffee and a chat afterwards? Get to know your class mates!

The Wyvern Club, 51 Church Walk Devizes SN10 3AA

Monday mornings 10.30-11.30am

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Tarot and Psychotherapy

Carl Jung, was a pioneer in psychotherapy, worked with myths and symbols, and the relevance of dreams as being a window into the unconscious mind.

The images on Tarot cards are symbolic, and their meaning can be interpreted in many ways. What is important as a therapist is to explore with the client what the images and archetypes means to them, and how it makes them feel, what it represents. For example, when looking at a tarot card closely, notice what you are drawn to as being the most obvious image- how does it make you feel? What does it bring to mind for you?  Looking more closely at the card, what does each thing represent, either in the past or present? Reading tarot cards is not about predicting the future, but to recognise elements about yourself, your thoughts and feelings around the images, and what they symbolise and mean to you at the moment.

What is an Archetype?

An inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious mind of the individual, such as Gods or Godesses, the image of a hermit, or a fool.

Personal development can get ‘stuck at any stage in our lives. Using tarot cards in therapy can help to tap into the unconscious processes, and to explore the ‘stuckness’, maybe seeing things from a different perspective, can precipitate a change in our fears and self- doubt, to put back what was missing in our psychospiritual development.

 

 

Exercise Benefits for Mental Health

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How many of us suffer from anxiety or depression? These are the most common mental issues that are faced. Exercise relieves stress and tension by releasing the feel-good hormones (endorphins), which gives a sense of calm and lifts your mood.

 

As well as improving your energy levels and improving sleep and digestion, exercise helps you to feel positive about yourself, increasing your self-esteem, which is a useful tool in coping with life on a day to day basis. The sense of achievement increases self-worth and lifts your mood, reducing stress and improving resilience to life events.

 

Learning how to stretch and relax your body also calms the mind. Controlled breathing and focusing mindfully on how you are moving helps to prevent a ‘busy brain’ from worrying about day-to-day concerns. Music is a great way to lift your mood, and brings a sense of enjoyment to getting fitter. Improving co-ordination improves concentration and dexterity.

It can be difficult to be inspired to exercise alone, so joining a class is a great way to meet new friends if you are feeling lonely. The social aspects of coming to a class are just as important as the physical ones. If you enjoy exercise, you are more likely to make it a regular part of your lifestyle.

Making exercise part of your daily life, combined with eating sensibly contributes to a long, healthy life and challenges the stigma of mental health.

So, if you know someone who may benefit from coming to a FLexercise class, but feels intimidated by taking that first step, offer to bring them along. You never know, you may make a new friend.

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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 seegarden-statue him each morning, busy in the garden, so hopefully we can meet up again.

 

 

I gave Reiki to my husband’s car

My husband restores old cars. He has been at a loss recently with an MG which refused all attempts to start it. In desperation he asked me to ‘have a go’ at reiki with it.

I tuned in, and felt  the car was neglected and un-loved. It was just taking up space in the workshop, and had no purpose, and no future- a sad MG.

I was aware of the energy around the car shifting into something much more positive and happier.

The next day, I asked my husband to keep a more positive outlook towards this car himself, and, to his amazement, he  turned the ignition key, and it started first time!

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Reiki in the Stable

A friend of mine had a new horse. He stable was in an old farm building, and since he had arrived, he always stood at the back of the box, and avoided the middle of the bed. The evening I visited, he showed early signs of colic, and was very quiet and subdued, with no movement in his guts. The vet was called, and he relaxed after a while, and back to eating his hay.

My friend’s previous horse had suffered with colic in that stable, and had sadly to be put down outside, in the yard. The next morning, she asked me to tune in to my reiki vibes and see what I sensed in his stable.

I was drawn to stand by the wall on one side, and could sense hooves thrashing against this wall.I had picked up on the energy of her poor horse that had died, but sensed that he did not know what had happened to him, and that he did not know he had passed away.

I sensed another animal in the middle of the stable. I could visualise a large, brown cow, standing in the middle of the box- the spot her current horse avoided. I sensed that this cow also did not know what had happened to her. The stable felt quite crowded, so i spoke to these two, and told them what had happened to them, and mentally led them to the door, showing them the way out. I felt a sense of peace and calm in the stable, and space.

A few days later, my friend called me. her horse was calmer, and had totally changed his behaiour in the stable. He was happy, settled, and was using the whole box, and happily claiming his space in the middle of the stable. Strange, but true.

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The Horse and You

The Horse and You Day Course

Thursday 14th September 2017 9.30-4pm

The Claire Lilley Training Centre, Forest Road, Melksham SN12 7RB

The day focuses on gaining a better understanding about the horse and about yourself. No ridden work is involved, but there will be the opportunity to observe them from a distance, and to work more closely with them from the ground if you wish.

Horses mirror our feelings and our unconscious processes- being with them and developing a relationship with a horse is very special. Taking time to really notice what is going on for you in relation to the horse develops self-awareness and helps you to understand how you function.

Learning about how you come across to a horse can influence your own life skills: in relationships for example, how you cope with stressful situations, perhaps in work or sports environments. The possibilities are endless.

Horses are very aware of non-verbal communication- our body language, how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things about ourselves we are not even aware of!

There will be opportunities to ask questions and to discuss what comes up for you, and time will be spent on common issues that can turn horsemanship from a pleasurable experience into a nightmare!

 

Understanding the Horse

  • Psychology of the horse – how horses think and react
  • The horse’s senses
  • The horse’s body language
  • Relating to the horse- how the horse sees you

Understanding yourself

  • Self awareness
  • Body language
  • Posture and Movement
  • Mindfulness

Price £60 per person including beverages. Please bring a packed lunch, and, as we will be outdoors as well as in the stables and the classroom, wear clothing to allow for all types of weather!

Book a place

B&B available locally if accommodation is required.

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http://clairelilley.com/the-horse-and-you/