Mind Wellbeing has been created by Isobel Harries to address the limitations of access to counselling and psychotherapy (particularly in rural areas), by using technology to widen access for those who have difficulty attending counselling sessions in person.
All our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced. Their recruitment is undertaken with thoughtfulness and care so that we can maintain a rich variety of therapeutic models and techniques that allow us to match clients with appropriate counsellors. All our counsellors are required to have supervision of their work, and to maintain their professional development.
Isobel Harries – Dip. Adlerian Couns. IIP, MBACP, BSc (Hons) Psych. (Open), registered independent UK practitioner.
I am a qualified Adlerian, psychotherapeutic counsellor and have experience in counselling a variety of mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to post traumatic stress disorders. My counselling approach is based upon the work of Alfred Adler, the founder of Individual Psychology. As such, I work in a holistic way and facilitate clients to explore their early life experiences that go to form a ‘blue print’ of their beliefs about the world and themselves, which in turn influence coping strategies for life experiences. Once a person begins to understand where certain ways of behaving, feeling and believing come from they are able to choose whether to stay as they are or challenge themselves to move toward a more useful, healthier way of living.
From 2007 I worked as a volunteer counsellor for Carmarthenshire Counselling Service and some of the time for Carmarthenshire Women’s Aid. Before this I volunteered as a mentor for The Witness Support Service, part of Victim Support in Carmarthenshire and Dyfed Powys. I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development workshops (CPDs) and training sessions, some of which are conducted online. My initial training began with The Open University, where I qualified with an Honours Degree in Psychology, which has shaped my interest in people’s behaviours and working to help others in facilitating change toward improved psychological wellbeing.
Elaine Parker, Dip IIP; Cert Adlerian Supervision; Foundation in Core Process Psychotherapy; MBACP
When we feel discouraged, we sometimes need some help to find our way back into the fullness of life. I look into my clients’ early life, as the roots of our “stuckness” can often be found in ways we learnt to manage life when we were very young. We then work together to find a way to change our response to difficulties, to give ourselves more choice.
I am an Adlerian counsellor, with my theoretical background based on Alfred Adler’s “Individual Psychology”. This approach is holistic, working with mind, body and spirit. My counselling approach is interactive and equal, myself and the client working together on the issues they bring. Alderian counselling can be applied to all situations where people find they need help.
I am interested in helping people feel a sense of belonging, and of courage to tackle what life throws at them. Individual Psychology is humanistic, person-centred and psychodynamic.
I have experience of counselling young people, individual adults, couples, families. I am also an experienced tutor and supervisor of counsellors. My experience also encompasses working with businesses, writing and presenting bespoke training to suit their needs.
I am a member of BACP, ASOW and ASIIP.
Michael Thorne, B.Mus. (hons), FdA counselling, PGCE, ALCM, MBACP
Before joining Mind Wellbeing and setting up my own practice, Harbour Light Therapy, I spent the last 24 years as a music teacher and freelance musician. Both careers have enabled me to mix with a wide variety of people and gain an interest into what makes people tick. With this in mind, I felt the need to expand my horizons and develop an interest I have always had in the helping and caring professions – especially in the areas of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology. Studying for a degree in psychology has given me an appetite for the science of mind and behaviour, while psychotherapy and counselling provides a practical way of utilising psychological theories to help people directly.
Currently, I am still working part time as a teacher and musician but I have taken on an additional role working for Mind Wellbeing and Carmarthenshire Counselling Service since 2012 and have found this both inspiring and rewarding. The latter role has allowed me to meet a variety of people and deal with a range of psychological problems and I regularly receive positive feedback from clients following my final session with them. Given my employment history, I fully understand the almost continuous stress that can affect teachers and performers. Therefore I can offer bespoke therapy for those employed in education and the performing arts. This can include help with performance anxiety and stress reduction.
My therapy is simple yet effective: we correspond to build up rapport and gather information; if appropriate, I will help you set realistic and achievable goals for yourself – you will choose how to accomplish this; I will share and rehearse skills with you to enable you to move forward with your life; we will move forward at a pace that suits you and at no time should there be any pressure on you to say or do anything with which you feel uncomfortable.
I offer a wide variety of approaches to suit the client. From humanistic to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); mindfulness techniques to solution-focused therapy. I am also studying and practising Human Givens therapy which considers those resources within all human beings that can effectively help us to meet our physical and emotional needs.
She firstly worked at Lampeter University but since 2006 has been with Carmarthenshire Counselling Service, who offer one to one counselling for the NHS primary care service in the county. She has worked with a full range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, anger,relationship and family issues, self harm and substance abuse and has much experience in bringing about positive change in just 6 sessions.This wealth of experience was recognised by her gaining accreditation from BACP in 2009.
Her counselling style is largely person-centered but further training includes CBT and Mindfulness.
She is enthusiastic about supporting people to live as fully as possible.She gained a NCFE accredited Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching to support people to move forwards with their lives, once they have come to terms with difficulties they are facing. She also has training in group mediation and facilitation.
Isabel personally has found the natural world to be a main source of well being.She has pursued training and experience in mentoring adults and children in connecting to and gaining support from the natural world.She weaves this into her work when appropriate for her clients,either in face to face sessions or on-line.
Susi Harris – FdA Humanistic Integrated Counselling, Qualified Therapist, MBACP – Registered Practicing Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Susi has counselling experience and training in a variety of mental health issues including Loss and Bereavement, Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger, Addiction, Phobias, Shame and Relationship work. Therapy work surrounding many of these issues often relates to building self-esteem and confidence, crucial to successfully meeting our physical and emotional needs, which without such good psychological wellbeing can cause life to be unsatisfying and problematic.
As a qualified Integrative Counsellor, Susi believes in the adaptability and effectiveness of an Integrative Counselling Approach, suited to the unique needs and goals of every individual client, shaping methods and interventions throughout the counselling experience. Her ethos is to help empower clients to learn valuable and effective life enhancing skills and strategies, in a therapeutic journey of self-exploration and discovery that can confidently be used beyond the counselling experience.
Some of the Counselling Approaches she practices include Human Givens Rewind Technique effective for treating many trauma conditions, (CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Transactional Analysis, (powerful to use for relationship and personality exploration), Emotion Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. All integrative therapy is importantly underpinned with a Person Centred Approach, putting the clients’ personal therapy needs and wishes foremost.
Current practice includes working with Clients referred to counselling through GPs via Primary Health Care Services, plus working as a School Based Counsellor working with all issues concerning young people between 11-16yrs. Having trained and practiced in an NHS Bereavement Service, Loss and Bereavement is dear to her heart and is work of special interest.
Susi regularly attends Continuing Professional Development workshops (CPDs) and training in person and online. Ongoing courses include working at Diploma level in Child and Adolescent Counselling, (CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, plus Hypnotherapy. She regularly attends Clinical Supervision, as required by BACP Guidelines for Counselling Practice.