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“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” ~ Carl Rogers

Dr Heather Bond

A little more about me...

For decades, and following a childhood that was at times traumatic, I carried my pain alone - not knowing properly how to trust or let anyone get really close to me.  My father had died when I was young and my mother, not knowing how to cope with her pain, became an alcoholic.  Shortly after turning 30, following the breakup of a relationship and experiencing the trials of being a single mother to my two young children, I found that my heart was hurting so badly that I could either sink into complete despair and give up, or choose something different for myself and my children.  Had I not had guidance and support at that time from a couple of inspirational therapists, my life might have taken a very different path.

Life for me is pretty good now, with a supportive partner, a blended family situation, two little dogs and a slightly angry cat (anyone know a good pet therapist?!).  Life isn't always simple, but it certainly is rich!

I believe that the greatest gift we can give another person is our presence: to feel seen, heard and understood is the best medicine in the world.  We can then learn to thrive, rather than just survive.  

 

If you would like to have a chat to help you decide if I would be the right person to support you then call me on 07472 164574 or book a free initial chat. If you don't see any hours of availability that suit then please contact me - my schedule is often quite flexible.  If I'm unable to take your call because I'm with a client, please leave a message and I'll call you back as soon as I can (almost always the same day).

 

My experience and areas of specialism

 

I have been working therapeutically with children (aged 4+), young people and adults for over 10 years and have been a mindfulness teacher since 2013.  My research into a mindfulness & self-compassion course that I created for teenagers earned me a PhD in education in 2020. I also offer relationship work, which often involves working with couples in a romantic relationship but can also involve working with polyamorous relationships, business relationships and friendships.

I am a person-centred integrative counsellor and am experienced in working in the following areas:

  • anxiety & low mood

  • Autism & ADHD

  • mild to moderate depression

  • Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

  • miscarriage and fertility issues

  • personal growth

  • relationship difficulties

  • self-esteem & self-confidence

  • spirituality

  • work-related stress

I am LGBTQ+ affirmative.

 

My qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychological Wellbeing

  • PhD (Education) researching mindfulness & self-compassion

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Studies in Mindfulness

  • Qualified as a Connected KidsTM Tutor and Trainer

  • Online & telephone counselling course (80hrs)

Post-qualifying training (Continuing Professional Development)

  • CPD Certificate in CBT (PESI)

  • Certificate in Relationship Counselling (Heartful Therapies via Grove Practice)

  • CPD Certificate in Attachment-Based Play Therapy for Trauma, Emotional Dysregulation and Behavioural Challenges (PESI)

I am a member of BACP and abide by their code of conduct.