Please note that due to the Covid-19 virus and the necessity for social distancing I no longer offer face to face counselling. I can offer telephone counselling or online counselling with Zoom.
As the lockdown and social distancing look to remain in place for some time I have included below some useful things to remember in times of crisis.
I welcome calls, emails or texts if you are feeling anxious, low or afraid. This is the time to reach out and learn how you can help yourself and learn how to maximise your coping skills.
"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today." (Thich Nhat Hanh).
ABOUT MY THERAPY
(in a time of crisis)
ABOUT MY THERAPY
Hello, my name is Meredith and I am a fully qualified and BACP registered psychotherapist.
I now offer telephone counselling and online counselling.
Life is challenging now for all of us. This can be difficult if life was already pretty challenging before.
The huge changes we are seeing to every part of normal life and the pressures of lockdown can add to tensions or trauma already present. Our usual coping strategies my become overwhelmed or impossible to do.
If you contact me for help then I can offer a compassionate ear to listen to what is troubling you
and to come beside you while you begin to work out the main causes of your upset and what you might begin to change to improve your quality of life.
I am experienced in working with trauma and complex trauma. I am experienced at working with anxiety and fear however they present. I work carefully in a paced manner and am mindful of your wellbeing at all stages of the process.
I am primarily a person-centered therapist and all this means is that I believe and work with the idea that people have an innate ability to heal themselves and my responsibility is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate space where you can get to know yourself better, perhaps relate to others better or differently, to find good balance in your life and to find your own 'story'.
I have also been trained as an existential therapist and this means I can help you come to terms with the dilemmas of living and finding meaning and direction in your life.
I do not coach or offer advice or suggestions but work with you to find what works for you.
Therapy can be rewarding but can also be challenging. Therapy can involve talking about difficult aspects of your life and you may experience uncomfortable feelings which it is why it is important for you to find the right therapist for you. Therapy can also be full of hope, change for the better, recognising existing strengths, seeing your life in new ways and having more clarity.
After completing a BSc (HONS) and a PhD. both in Psychology and both at the University of Warwick, I moved to the USA to complete a post-doc and work as a research psychologist.
While there I left work to raise a family.
After fourteen years away, I returned to the UK in 2006 and soon began to re-train as a psychotherapist and gained my diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Since that time I have been a volunteer at Cruse Bereavement and since 2013 have been a volunteer at New Pathways in both Newport and Cardiff.
I have a large portfolio of continuing professional development courses and continue to add to my professional training every year.
I am now trained to offer telephone and online counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) registration number 199398.
As a member of the BACP I follow their Ethical Framework for Good Practice which sets out the standards I am expected to comply with as a psychotherapy professional.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate.
I deal with a wide variety of issues but have experience and interest in the following areas;
Anxiety and depression
Persistent low mood
Grief, bereavement and loss
Childhood trauma and abuse
Sexual assault and rape trauma
Support for family members of people who have suffered from traumatic events.
Exploring identity and meaning
Significant life events/changes
Students training to become psychotherapists
Please contact me if you have questions or if you would like to arrange an appointment.