Somatic Counselling

  • I combine person-centred counselling & somatic therapy where the body/mind connection and our relationship are at the heart of the work we will do together.  

  • Sessions can either be in person or online. 

Our deepest longing is to be seen and accepted for who we are and to experience an embodied, reciprocal connection with others and the world we are part of.  Through the practice of play and creative expression, we invite aspects of our personal and collective unconscious, widening our perception beyond the ordinary and ultimately coming into contact with our unexpressed self.

My aim in counselling is to enable you to be and feel heard, to be witnessed so that you can develop your own inner witness.  Together we will co-create a relationship that will support you to develop a stronger sense of who you are, what you want and need, and understand how you are in relationships so that you can be with yourself and others with a greater sense of awareness and authenticity, where your boundaries and choices mirror your identified needs and values.

In Person

These sessions are held in my home in Dundee.  I provide a comfortable space with a variety of resources for you to follow your creative impulses or if you prefer, to try guided practices and as an addition,I can offer Pug Hugs. If you would like a small, lazy dog nestled on your lap, my dog Pablo is always happy to oblige. See below for details.

Online

This approach is best for clients who do not live in the geographical area or who may not be able to leave the house.  It maintains the intimacy of ‘In Person’ sessions but can be more practical for individuals.  Connection transcends the screen and meaningful and profound work can take place within the virtual space.

Counsellors in Training

Counselling is a practice of self-care and celebration alongside a valuable experience for all counsellors to know intimately.  If you are a counsellor in training and need to fulfill a certain amount of hours of counselling as part of your requirements, I offer a discount for block sessions. Please contact me for details.

Pug Hugs

I have a small pug who has accompanied therapeutic processes for his whole life.  Many clients request his company during sessions.  He has a sweet nature and clients find it grounding and comforting as he snores through a session.  He remains at ease with strong emotion, offering an embodied reminder to reality check the stories we tell ourselves about how shameful and unlovable we are.

 

Benefits of a Pug Hug:

  • Animals co-regulate with us, our hearts attuning to the same rhythm.

  • Studies show that interacting with a friendly pet increases the sense of trust towards another person. 

  • Animals offer unconditional acceptance.

  •  Stroking a pet has been shown to positively impact on the endocrine system (collection of glands that release hormones), reduce cortisol levels in the body (stress hormone), and increase oxytocin levels (social bond hormone).

 

Please let me know if his presence would soothe and support you .