Mind Over Trainers
Move & Talk
The belief that there is a connection between body and mind dates back to ancient times (mens sana in corpore sano – a sound mind in a sound body) and it is a belief that underpins my own core values and approach in life. The body-mind connection also underpins the way I work as a therapist and coach.
We are all unique individuals, with our own particular awesomeness and experiences, that guide us in the approach we take in life. Both positive and negative experiences impact on us. Sometimes in a good way that makes us grow as individuals and sometimes in a negative way, perhaps as a result of a traumatic incident, experience and/or event. But we all ultimately hold the strength and resilience within us to shape the person we want to be and create the life we want to lead.
The first step is always the toughest, but at Mind Over Trainers we offer a less conventional approach to therapy, taking it outside the therapy room, powerfully combining both the physical and psychological. You will walk side by side with your therapist, at your pace, moving and talking towards a more positive mental health.
So whether you are going through a relationship break up, suffering from anxiety or depression, struggling with low self esteem and self confidence, feel all alone or that no one understands you or indeed if you have had thoughts about suicide or harming yourself, please know that the way you are feeling right now - doesn't have to last forever. You also don't have to go through this tough time alone.
My passion is helping people connect with their inner strength and determination through movement, by putting one step in front of the other. You WILL feel differently. You WILL get through this.
“Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life. Within each of us is a hidden store of courage; courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.”
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become” Carl Gustav Jung
Imagine walking on a desert road. All you can see for miles is hot, dry sand. The sun is piercing. Sweat is pouring down your body. Your rucksack full of your history and experiences weighs heavily down on your body – even digging in to your sides so you feel the pain. You are alone. You have run out of water. It feels like there is no way out – no light at the end of the tunnel.
Now imagine if YOU could choose your landscape. YOU could choose which path you wanted to take. And you could choose what items to carry in your rucksack. Where are you now? What do you look like and how do you feel?
Therapy is not a magic wand.
Therapy has, however, been shown to reduce anxiety and build resilience, offering support and empowerment at the same time.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means I see each client as individual and unique, each with their own set of histories, life experiences and journeys. I offer a safe, confidential space where together we can explore issue/s, and work collaboratively towards the identified goal. I offer warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental approach, but may also at times offer gentle challenge. I work creatively and integrate elements of different therapeutic approaches.
My hope is to make mental health support more accessible and more acceptable. Bringing clients outdoors will offer a different platform than the conventional counselling room, with the added benefit of fresh air and body movement. Other benefits include:
Not sitting opposite a therapist in a counselling room
Walking side by side
More open space, less confining and less confronting
Working with the psychological benefits of physical movement
We will be moving forward, which can help the therapy process in coming unstuck, moving on, changing perspective
The sessions happen at your pace
I am a Registered member with the BACP and have worked with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, anger, family dynamics, relationships, separation/ divorce, life changes/ transitions, cultural issues, panic attacks, low self-esteem, self-confidence, young people, stress, trauma, sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts and self-harm.
Therapy is a journey and one we embark on together. As your therapist I am not the expert but your co-pilot.
“Life will always challenge you. It’s how you decide to face those challenges and what you then do that counts. All the strength you need comes only from within”