Counselling by Julia Peters
Talking things over with an understanding, trained counsellor will support you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, make decisions and if necessary make major changes in your life. The aim is to offer a safe, confidential space and an opportunity to work towards living in a more satisfying way.
Counselling may include:
There are times when everyone needs space and someone to listen to them objectively, with acceptance and without judgment. Counselling provides this. Exploring your feelings, hopes, fears, relationships and choices will support you in coping with the events and issues in your life, and enable you to consider the options available to you.
I qualified as a homeopath in 1988, after four years studying at the College of Homeopathy, based in Regents Park NW1. In 1989 I became a Registered Member of the Society of Homeopaths.
Then Counselling and Psychotherapy
I soon came to realize that although I loved practicing homeopathy, what I found most fulfilling was the confidential and trusting relationship I developed with clients. Consequently in 1996, after completing a three year training at Regents College School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I was awarded a diploma in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and qualified as a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist in 2003.
I no longer see clients as a homeopath. My counselling clients, however, can choose to take advantage of both disciplines and enjoy the benefits this dual approach brings.
Finally a Systemic Approach
I was happy with my busy practice and not anticipating any significant changes, when I attended a family constellations workshop in early 2008. I was so impressed with what I experienced that I immediately signed up to study this systemic approach. In February 2010 I began facilitating workshops in Crouch End. They continue to take place every month or two and are proving to be very popular.
And some personal experience which helps me to understand better:
I was a single parent for several years, often lonely, but am now happily married and fortunate enough to have my little grandson living nearby. I have also experienced serious long term illness in the past, and discovered how difficult it is to have to adjust your beliefs, and the image of who and how you are. It taught me a lot.