I offer counselling in Devizes. I am based in The Little Brittox at Life on Top, above the Healthy Life Shop. Contact me for an initial assessment where we can meet and talk about how counselling could help you.
Talking about difficulties in your life with the right support and with someone who can guide you professionally can help you to make sense of issues, and to explore them in different ways.
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 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.
Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP, (registered) Reiki Master Practitioner
This time of year 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).
In our sessions, we will focus on gaining a better understanding about your horse and about yourself. Sessions will include ‘talking therapy‘ without the horse, to gain understanding about yourself, and issues going on for you. We will also work with your horse, to improve how you function together.
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
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