“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. And then, 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, 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 am a person-centred integrative counsellor and am experienced in working in the following areas: anxiety & low mood, mild to moderate depression, self-esteem, bereavement, gender identity, sexuality, work-related issues, stress, relationship difficulties and personal growth.
I have worked and continue to work as a school counsellor in secondary schools. From 1st November 2021, I will be offering counselling for children and young people (aged 7+), combining talking or play therapy with art, music, emotion cards, mindfulness or whatever other resources the young person finds meaningful.
Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychological Wellbeing
PhD (Education) researching mindfulness & self-compassion
Postgraduate Diploma in Studies in Mindfulness
Online & telephone counselling course (80hrs)
Post-qualifying training (Continuing Professional Development)
Certificate in CBT (PESI)
I am a member of BACP and abide by their code of conduct.