- Those with chronic or long-term conditions
- People who are frail or exhausted, feel stressed or burnt out
- People who are going through difficult life situations
- People who have experienced traumatic events
- Those with eating disorders
- Those in palliative care and at end of life
- People with Dementia
- People with special needs
- Women who are pregnant or new mothers
- Babies and children
- People with mental health conditions, anxiety, depression
- To support those going through treatment for cancer
Level 5 Therapeutic Counselling 2020
Hi, thank you for stopping by my bio. I’m Ben, just a normal every day person with a huge passion and love for what I do, counselling.
Here’s a little bit more about what that is…
I have three core values when it comes to my counselling practice: keeping it simple, working in creative ways and being professional.
Simple, I’ll not use any scary sounding therapy words, instead I’ll offer you a completely none judgemental, empathetic, client central approach to whatever it might be you have going on in your life. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are safe with me.
Creative, when a client wants to and it is appropriate to do so, I like to work creatively with whatever might be going on for you. No need to worry though, you absolutely do not need any artistic ability to work creatively with me. In fact I struggle to draw a convincing stick man myself! So expecting my clients to produce museum quality works of art hardly seems fair… Working creatively to me means sometimes working with materials that might better facilitate our work together but also working outside of the “therapy” box so to speak.We might use colours or shapes to better describe feelings or thoughts.
Often the creativity happens in therapy as organically as talking.
Seeking therapy can be a scary thought and the idea of using colours or objects and having to be “creative” or “arty” can be off really off putting. It is not for everybody and I completely understand that.
Whether your therapy is creative or not, I will guarantee that you will be at the centre of our work together.
Professional counselling for everybody aged 16+. I have worked with people aged 16 to 70, nobody is too old for counselling and I will treat everybody with the same dignity respect and the same regardless of gender, age or whatever it might be that is going on for you. I absolutely believe that you are the expert on you and as a result it is not my place to give you advice. Instead I’ll aim to provide a safe space for you to explore whatever it might be that is you are seeking to better understand.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.
The benefits of receiving Rhythmical Einreibung before, during and after pregnancy
The reproductive phase of life can be fulfilling and joyous, and can also bring challenges.
Supporting your health in a natural, holistic way is a priority at this time. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do for the best for you and your baby.
Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) is a gentle form of therapeutic massage that can be used at all stages of your journey to becoming a mother, (it can also help your partner!)
Rhythmical Einreibung works with your own healing forces to strengthen and enliven both mother and baby.
Prior to conception RE can help balance your body, aid relaxation and support your vitality.
During pregnancy RE brings a general harmonising, protective gesture to mother and baby that can be beneficial throughout the whole 9 months. It can ease tiredness and exhaustion, support peaceful sleep, help aching legs and muscle tension in the back and soothe feelings of anxiety. Receiving a massage when you are pregnant means your baby is indirectly receiving it too, naturally, you want this to be appropriate and of the highest quality.
RE during delivery can help calm and relax, reducing pain and deepening breathing. Partners can be taught some simple techniques that may be useful for supporting the mother-to-be.
After delivery RE can help your body recover and regulate again both physically and emotionally. It can also provide support during breast-feeding.
RE is so gentle and non-intrusive that there are very few situations where it is not beneficial. The word Rhythmical in the title expresses the unique quality of this massage technique; each movement in RE has a rhythmical quality created by subtle changes in the contact and intensity. We have many rhythmical processes in our body, think of the menstrual cycle, the rhythms of our breathing and heart-beat. Bringing rhythm to the body in a therapeutic way is like speaking a language that we already know; our body recognises and responds to it. Another key aspect is that RE uses very little pressure, the quality of touch is gentle, secure and encompassing, rather like the way you would touch a new-born baby or something fragile, which means there are very few contra-indications, unlike forms of massage which use deep-tissue work.
Combining soothing, therapeutic touch with beautiful, natural body products creates a health-giving treatment to support you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy.
For more information contact Fiona Sim (Registered Nurse) Rhythmical Einreibung practitioner directly:
Tel: 07581 678112 Email: [email protected]
Fiona Sim is a Registered Nurse with many years’ experience in Anthroposophic Health Care; she currently works in palliative care and teaches courses and workshops on therapeutic touch.
If you have a history of miscarriage, inform your Fiona beforehand so she can give the best guidance for your recommended treatment plan.
‘Having miscarried the first time round, when I discovered I was pregnant again, I was filled with both joy and anxiety. Having Fiona’s rhythmical hands move so expertly down my back, while warmly seated in an upright yet relaxed position, is an experience that still lives on within me. Rhythmical Einreibung massage soothed my anxiety, relieved my lower backache and left me feeling calm and deeply connected with my special bump.’ EL
In loving memory of Anna van Zelderen: Walk to be in touch
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Wednesdays from 19th May until 29th July, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Based on the tradition of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, Parsifal starts his journey ill equipped to either manage himself or understand the codes and conduct of courtly behaviour. In longing to become a knight he unwittingly embarks on a journey into a different kind of knighthood he wasn’t expecting. He learns painfully that valour, love and ambition on their own do not prepare the way for gentleness, compassion and conscience. Yet aspects of both qualities are urgently needed to fulfil a modern kind of knighthood.
We choose to work with the story of Parsifal for the Third Pathway of Oasis because of the archetypal qualities held within it. It can speak to us today no matter what stage of life we are in or paths we may have trodden. Alongside the story we will work with own biographies and through art for the duration of this course.
To find out more contact Melanie: [email protected]
By Jo King, Family Therapist
I have talked for many years to friend’s family but more importantly to the families, young people, children, and couples that I work with that no one can call themselves your therapist unless what we create together is therapeutic. When I found Systemic Psychotherapy, I found a connection to my own philosophy that enables me to practice in an authentic and collaborative way to find ways of creating new narratives that create change and lift the burdens of anxiety, shame, and turmoil.
I have always practiced in a way that uses lots of coloured felt tips lots of paper, sometimes getting people to move around change places, draw think explore. We often use the whole room, using buttons playdough, polystyrene bricks anything and everything that assists in us explore new meanings and insights into difficult problems and stories. So, to find myself locked in behind my screen for four whole months send me into complete panic! I must admit I moaned ‘how can I be useful when I can’t explore using visual image?’. ‘I need people in person’ I cried, ‘I need to see peoples body language I need to use all my senses to connect to the feeling in the room How Can I do anything therapeutic without these key ingredients?’
To my amazement my clients wanted to continue our work using the online system of zoom and then I found an influx of new families that wanted to deal with difficulties. People shared that for the first time in years lockdown had given them time to think and reflect, time to be brave enough to talk to each other. Many families began to tell me that they felt zoom would help them as they lived too far away to travel but that it felt safer to talk online. Young people shared with me that lockdown had helped them to see that they had pretending to be ok for years when they felt low and misunderstood. Children told me that they felt alone since their parents separated and hated having to choose which parent to be with. Couples expressed how in lockdown they could no longer use busyness as a way of hiding the distance that had occurred between them and families highlighted that they had noticed some serious eating difficulties that they would never had noticed had they not been having three meals a day with their child.
It seemed that Lockdown had brought about new insights and so the generosity in clients sharing their stories and newfound insights enabled me to dig deep. ‘Come on Jo there must be a way we can make this work’ So I did what I know how to do, be my authentic self and be honest.
At the start of my sessions, I shared with families old and new how I work and together we found a way of being creative, using the resources we could share. So, I learnt that other people have felt tips pens too, that people can tear bits of paper to create maps and timelines. That the screen is no barrier to humour, to being able to empathise and share in another’s pain and the screen is no obstacle to having conversations which involve exploration, challenge, and debate.
I am privileged to have been able to maintain my private practice and be part of our wonderful NHS Children’s Mental Health Team in which I have seen the endless efforts we have made to be able to keep connecting and finding ways of helping children and young people be connected and looked after in times of great hardship and distress. We have all witnessed so much change I am surprised our heads have not exploded! So, I continue to work online but I am also grateful that the majority of my work is back face to face at my home, the Elysia Centre, the oasis in my week and the place where I see miracles happen.
Despite the pain of lockdown, the uncertainty and many other unpredictable consequences of COVID-19 many truly amazing new insights have occurred for many of my families that would have taken a lot longer to surface with goodness knows what consequences if these crazy unprecedented times had not occurred, and I am so grateful to have shared theses difficult times with so many.
With Love Jo x
To find out more or to arrange an appointment: Joanne King
By Karolina Pawinska MA.CPP, UKCP Accredited
It seems like only a few days ago the Autumn leaves were still dancing in the air. Today, as I went for a walk, most of the trees were bare and the ground was covered with a blanket of leaves over the mud. The change is visible and inescapable…
At present we are exposed to rapid change as we meet the challenge of a global pandemic, along with other unknowns… How will our economy recover from the current stresses? How will climate change and global warming affect us and the planet? How will we meet Christmas this year, to name but a few? As I am naming it, I feel the effect of it on my body and posture, my shoulders rounding under the weight to protect my heart space. There is a lot we are negotiating at present on an everyday basis. In these circumstances it can take extra effort and attention to calm our nervous system and to stay grounded, present and resourced; the qualities so needed to meet our life as it unfolds with flexibility and ability to adapt.
As life presents us with challenges, we might experience overwhelm that disconnects us from our bodies. Grounding and centring can support us to reconnect directly with the resources naturally available in our own body. How can we do it? The recipe is not complicated but requires us in the first place to witness when its needed and practice mindfully returning to our connection to the ground. It could be simply standing and tuning into the physical sensations of the connection with the ground, feeling one’s feet on the Earth. It could be sitting on the chair with our feet touching the ground, hands on the belly and feeling the energy moving up from the ground through your feet and legs into your belly. If you like walking, it could be mindful walking, feeling each step touching the Earth. Another way to help grounding yourself is to spend time with animals if it is possible, watching them or cuddling them. They are naturally grounded.
We all have moments when life is too much, when we feel lost or overwhelmed in the matrix of what we are faced with. Its not about removing it from our experience but increasing our resilience of how quickly we are able to bounce back to life, to return home.
I have been reading with my children a beautiful book for all ages called ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. Each page is filled with heart-warming, wise statements. On one I read:
“Sometimes I feel lost”, said the boy.
Me too”, said the mole, “but we love you, and love brings you home”.
Everybody has resources. It can be anyone or anything that supports and nurtures our sense of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The word re-source; indicate returning, coming back to our source, our origins… over and over again. Consider what are your resources, are they hidden or obvious? Are they internal or external? What supported you so far in life while going through challenges? You might be aware of external resources like: nature, friends, family, animals, dance, art, sport… or internal resources, like: strength, a spiritual practice, talents, being kind, being resilient… Something embedded in everyday life, taken for granted, can be very resourceful, like a cup of tea or taking a bath. We need different resources at different times. I would like to invite you to reflect on what supports your life. When you reach out to some resource, for example: a cup of tea, why don’t you notice your inner experience that accompanies that external resource? It might be warmth in your body, restfulness, slowing down… We can with time connect with the inner repertoire of sensations, feelings and energies that correspond with our wellbeing and learn how to turn towards it to support ourselves in the midst of life’s surprises and challenges.
I wish you a resourceful Advent time and Christmas.
Karolina Pawinska https://elysiacentre.org/karolina-pawinska/
with Dr Rainer Klocke, Consultant Rheumatologist.
Due to popular demand, this talk and conversation via Zoom will be repeated on Sunday 29 November, 15:30 to 16:30.
Dr Klocke will share his ideas and there will be time to reflect, question and have an open discussion about what may help to nourish us during these special times.
To register for this free event, please contact our Practice Manager, Annamaria Balog [email protected]
The Elysia Therapeutic Centre recognises this is increasingly a time of great need and support for many as a result of the pandemic. Thanks to funding received from Hermes Trust and the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain, we are operating a Patient Therapy Fund in order to enable those with financial constraints in the local community of Dudley, to access therapeutic help and support from the Elysia Therapy Centre.
The patient therapy fund aims to offer a 20-50% fee contribution towards the cost of talking therapy, pain care and medical consultations, depending on the financial situation and needs of the client.
Should you be in need of support, please contact our practice manager, Annamaria Balog who will talk you through the possibilities available and the application procedure. [email protected]
Donations to the Centre
Donations towards our Patient Therapy Fund are also very warmly received. Your donation helps those who are particularly in need to have the opportunity to access therapeutic care.
Please make your donations payable to:
Account name: The Elysia Therapeutic Centre Ltd
Account no: 28894760
Sort Code: 30-95-96
Please quote reference: Therapy Fund
If you would like to find out more about how you can help the Centre, or should you wish to make a regular monthly donation, please email our finance administrator, Lindsey Garner [email protected] and she will arrange this with you.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently not running our evening series of talks.
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