“Music in Mind” by Heather Wastie
Welcome to my counselling webpage.
I wonder what brought you here?
Maybe you have previous experience of counselling, or maybe not. It doesn’t matter. It would seem that you have decided that whatever is disturbing you it is not something which you can resolve on your own.
Family and friends can be helpful but there are situations when it is beneficial to discuss your problems with someone who is impartial, isn’t emotionally involved and who doesn’t know anything about you except what you tell them. This is just one reason why counselling is effective.
Each of us encounters issues which affect our lives; bereavements, traumatic events, difficult relationships with partners, work colleagues or more senior members of your workforce etc. You may be experiencing a feeling of unease which you can’t explain, have outbursts of anger or emotion about which you wish to gain an understanding and resolve. You may have feelings of low self worth and/or self esteem you wish to resolve or it may be you wish to just offload, to gain a greater understanding of yourself and greater self-awareness for your personal development.
Whatever the issue is which is affecting you, you may wish to discuss it in complete confidence with a professional listener. As a person-centred counsellor I believe that each of us has all the answers we are seeking within our self – we may just need someone who is skilled, not emotionally involved and who knows nothing about us to help discover them. I am none directive.
Each of us is unique. You are, therefore, the expert on you. I will work with you offering empathy and understanding and by gently challenging help you to appreciate the conditioning and factors which have had influence on ‘where you’re at’. Thus enabling you make decisions which are in your best interest.
I will assist you in recognising the choices you have. This will enable you to act in your own best interest which will not only benefit you but also all those close to you, you may work with and with whom you meet and associate.
If you live in the West Midlands/Worcestershire area you may wish to make an appointment with me at my counselling room near Kidderminster.
If you don’t live nearby, you may prefer to meet me online; you may wish to use Skype or WhatsApp, either with or, without video, or we could meet in the virtual world using ProReal. Each method can be as effective as face to face counselling. It may be more convenient for you to work online in the comfort of your own home.
I work with individual adults, couples with relationship issues and young people.
I am a former teacher with thirty years experience in secondary schools. My own experiences as a client of individual and group therapy together with experiential therapeutic courses and person centred encounter groups have led me to a deep understanding of the cathartic and long-term beneficial effects counselling can have.
I gained my first counselling qualification in 1993 and have since worked privately and in commercial and voluntary agencies dealing with a wide variety of issues. In addition to my private practice, I have worked as a telephone counsellor for an Employee Assistance Provider, again working with clients and issues and within schools counselling students.
I have trained as a trainer of therapeutic group leaders and as a supervisor of bereavement counsellors.
In addition to regularly engaging in my own continued personal therapy I have taken part in further training in specialist areas including bereavement counselling and counselling young people.
I have a Master’s degree in counselling and have trained and qualified as an online counsellor.
I believe that my life and work experiences and my training have enabled me to develop deep understanding, empathy and the expertise to enable clients who seek a more fulfilling life to empower themselves.
As a result of my own experience of ME I also have an understanding of, and am able to work with, those who have a long-term or chronic illness.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages who have issues they wish to resolve or with those seeking greater self-awareness and personal development.
I am BUPA registered and a member of the following organisations:
If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.