All services

A low income should not prevent anyone from receiving a service that can contribute positively to their education or well-being. I do my best to keep all fees as affordable as possible. Among the services below you will see some that request only a nominal fee, to cover the resources that are supplied.

My workshops are usually held in Brixham and the wider Torbay area. If you would like a workshop provided elsewhere, please ask and we can discuss the cost. 

Our Words, Our Senses, Our Health. In this two-hour workshop we honour our mental health by re-thinking the words that we use to describe it. Clinical diagnoses can be very helpful, but the aim of this workshop is to explore the possible benefits of re-naming personal mental health difficulties in our own words. Creative activities will help us to express ourselves in this. Young people are especially welcome; if you are under eighteen you will be asked to bring a trusted adult. £16 per person if you represent an organisation. £8 if you attend as an individual.

Emotional Resilience; How do we define it and can we develop it? In this workshop we ask, “What kinds of things can make it difficult to develop emotional resilience?” and, “What would emotional resilience mean to me personally? What would it feel like?”  We use creative activities to help us describe different kinds of resilience and look at ways to grow our emotional stability. This is a three hour workshop which allows for ample discussion. Young people are especially welcome; if you are under eighteen you will be asked to bring a trusted adult. £16 per person if you represent an organisation. £8 if you attend as an individual.

Confidence at Last! This is a two-hour workshop, ideal for schools and other organisations that are seeking to enhance the literacy skills of children and young people who lack confidence. It is suited to participants aged ten years and upward. Through an imaginative literacy activity, your young people can gain the courage to widen their vocabulary and enjoy the process of learning. This workshop can also be made bespoke to the literacy and emotional needs of the young people that you support. £60 (Where a group of friends would like to host this workshop for their children at home, a fee can be negotiated.)

Opal Heart; Living with the loss of a child.  Those who have lost a child of any age will be warmly welcomed at a monthly gathering in Brixham. These gentle gatherings offer a welcoming space for anyone living with this profound loss, as they will be with others who understand. Guests can paint, write or draw to help express their feelings, or simply choose a creative activity for relaxation. These are non-profit gatherings where £4 per person will cover the cost of materials and refreshments. They are offered on the first Saturday of each month, from 1-3 pm. Please contact Carrie to find out about the venue.

Poetry in Miniature; Beautiful Things … A Mini-Poem Workshop. Attend a relaxing workshop where lovely objects from the natural world can encourage your creativity and help you to express your thoughts and feelings. See why poems do not need to rhyme. Feel inspired to write some heartfelt lines of your own, and decorate a greeting card with your wishes. Add to your confidence in writing, or even further your interest in poetry.  All resources are provided. £8 per person. 

Therapeutic activities for people living with cognitive difficulties.  A two-hour workshop, sharing my experience in providing a variety of therapeutic and creative activities for people living with dementia or other impairments to cognition. Many people in these circumstances will enjoy activities that they have never tried before, revealing abilities that have been hidden. A wide range of stimulating activities are included. Physical impairments need not exclude anyone from enjoying a number of the activities. £8 per person.

Creative Life.  An ‘Activity Buffet’! Ninety minutes of creative activity for people living with cognitive and/or physical impairment. Activities include: ‘Set the Scene’; a memory-enhancing game that uses colourful tactile objects. Art; quality materials for painting and drawing, with large-scale photographs for inspiration. Poetry making; written or spoken thoughts and feelings, inspired by fabrics, crystals and shells. Writing Topics; e.g., ‘What Do You Think Makes For A Good Life?’  Quizzing; ‘What Animal Is This?’  Classic Cars; photographs and memories. There are further activities, and particular themes can be requested. £65 

Workplace Relationships.  Defining boundaries, experiencing pressures and feeling weighed down with responsibilities long after we leave the workplace can take a toll on our health. In this two-hour workshop we can explore these difficulties and look at ways to address them. £16 per person.

The arising of difficult thoughts in mindfulness or relaxation practice, and in every-day life.  A two-part workshop that enables us to look at different ways to respond to these tricky encounters.  Personally tailored mindfulness and self-affirming visualisations are included. £10 per person, per session.

Literacy tuition/assistance with essays or projects.  I now provide these services online.  I communicate with students using Skype, email and telephone. I prepare bespoke activity sheets that are designed to provide support and strengthen skills. You (or your child) will receive two activity sheets each week. Additional support by email or telephone is included, should you wish. £20 per week.  (For younger learners, please click ‘Meet Gnom Com!’ in the menu bar.)

 

Counselling

For individuals:  A session of one hour and ten minutes  –  £28  (Negotiable if you are on a low income and if you are unemployed)

For Groups:  A session of one hour and ten minutes        –   £80 

I am a qualified, experienced counselling therapist who uses an Integrative approach. Over the centuries, different ideas have evolved for the purpose of exploring and understanding human difficulties. An Integrative counselling therapist has been trained to call upon this rich tapestry of perspectives, integrating into their practice the insights offered. This enables a particular freedom of thought, so Integrative practitioners will invariably bring their own creative techniques to therapy. This approach offers both children and adults a highly personalised experience of counselling. It may be possible for me to provide counselling at your home.

Mediation

A meeting of one hour and fifteen minutes – £80 

I can provide sensitive mediation in personal and corporate settings. Mediation can enable a fuller understanding of problems while encouraging the kind of communication that brings about solutions.

 Confidentiality

We shall discuss all aspects of confidentiality before we begin working together.

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