Winter is tough for many people. Short days and cold wet weather are a long way from the colours and warmth of summer, often leading to depression, or S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
The Countryside Counsellor
As the countryside counsellor, I fully understand that rural life is not easy and comes with a whole range of stressful situations. solo working can be lonely, with no-one to share
worries and concerns, anxiety can take hold, and affect your self-confidence and self-worth.
As an equestrian professional myself, having been a riding instructor for many years, I understand this world and how tough it can be, especially in the long, cold and dark winter months.
Losing a beloved horse or pet can be devastating, as can taking the decision to end their life if they are suffering. Letting go is so difficult, and finding support through tis dreadful experience really helps.
Coping with Injury
Personal injury is common, and can be hard to deal with if you are a fit and active person. Physical jobs such as vets, farriers, farmers, horse trainers, for example, demand physical fitness and stamina: injury can knock this for six, and the mental impact of not being able to do what you need to can knock you for six.
I can offer counselling in Devizes or Market Lavington.
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I offer eco therapy at my practice in Market Lavington. We will discuss on our initial therapeutic counselling session if this would be an option for you.
What is Eco Therapy?
The counselling room is a great place to be, but the therapeutic counselling process can be experienced outside. The outdoor space becomes a living environment, and adds another dimension to therapy. It provides a neutral space for us to work and to develop the therapeutic relationship. Observations about the surroundings, weather conditions can be valuable additions and enrichment of your own journey.
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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)