Self Awareness

Self awareness

Stressed? Anxious? Lack of confidence? Developing self-awareness helps to identify triggers which cause anxiety. Once we notice what happens to us, both mentally and physically, we can start to  learn how to keep calm and focused on what we need to, improving our ability to concentrate. This in turn improves self-confidence and feeling more able to cope with daily life. Counselling can help you to learn more about yourself.

Self-awareness can be helped by the following:

  • Meditation
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Fitness and posture.
  • Learning to trust your intuition.
  • Learning more about yourself as a person.



Venturing into the realms of self-awareness takes bravery. Are you brave enough to open the door into the world of self-discovery?

Contact me for more details about my psychotherapy practice.


Wellbeing Nature Days


Come along for a restorative and relaxing experience.The day will be an introduction to a variety of calming  practices for you to try, including:

  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Drumming
  • and more………..

…………. all set in a beautiful private setting of woodland and streams.You will have the opportunity to connect with nature, with yourself and with others and will leave feeling relaxed, connected and empowered.

These workshops are run by two qualified psychotherapists, Claire Ballardie and Dawn Harding, who share a keen interest in wellbeing in nature. 

TICKETS:  £75.00 per person.

Contact Claire or Dawn to pay by bank transfer and book your place. You will be sent a registration form to complete and email back to Dawn. Alternatively, you can pay by PayPal below:


Open to adults (over 18 years) Come and join us for a wonderful day in a quiet and private setting, offering a unique and rustic feel among the woodland and fields.


Private setting in Market Lavington, near Devizes, Wiltshire.



Claire Ballardie BA (Hons) MBACP

07710 420357


Our July workshop was a huge success…..

The weather was good to us, the group bonded through the different activities and left feeling a true sense of calm while also taking away several techniques they would like to incorporate into their daily lives.  Here are a few snaps from the July 2022 workshop.



Mindfulness in Nature Workshop Sunday 24th July 2022

SUNDAY 24th JULY 2022


We had a fabulous relaxing and informative day. The weather was kind-not too hot-with a cool wind creating movement  through the trees.

A variety of mindfulness practices connected us to the healing power of nature, with great participation from the group.The Tai Chi section, and drumming amongst the trees proved very popular and terrific fun to do.








The day ended with the creation of a fabulous mandala, just using natural items nearby.






Come and join Claire and Dawn for our next wonderful day on Friday 9th September 2022 in a quiet and private setting, offering a unique and rustic feel among the woodland and fields.


Dawn Harding 07585 558101






Claire Ballardie interview on BBC Radio Gloucester

Claire Ballardie interviewon BBC Radio Gloucester

Ecotherapy, Nature therapy
Ecotherapy, Nature therapy

I had a lovely chat this afternoon with Dom Cotter at BBC Gloucester Radio about Nature Therapy.

Whatever the weather, there is always an element we can connect to in some way with our senses. The snow drops are coming up, and hanging in there, tempting us to look forwards to new growth as spring arrives.

I am on just after 5pm, after a track from Madonna!

Claire Ballardie on Nature Therapy with Dom Cotter BBC Radio Gloucester




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.

Mindfulness session

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.

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