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Counselling aims to provide you with the support and means to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing, and discover ways of living a more resourceful and rewarding life. I will give you that support in a safe, confidential space, to help you look at, and understand, the challenges in your life.
During the sessions we will consider, without judgement, how you see your world and your place in it, through your past experiences, beliefs and ideas; and how you can recognise and let go of those that no longer serve you.
Sessions are normally weekly. At the first session I will help you decide whether counselling is the best way forward for you, and agree an initial number of sessions.
Cost: £30 for 50 minutes
Healing is the linking up of the natural healing power within the body, with the natural healing power of the universe. The healer is the link between the two, being the channel through which the energies flow. This is a very simple process, with no need for any ritual, manipulation or removal of clothing.
The aim of the healing session is to bring mind, body and spirit into harmony and balance. Healing may be successful after one or two treatments, but generally it is an ongoing process with results appearing gradually. Although no promises can be made, it is rare for anyone receiving healing over a period of time not to receive some benefit from it.
If you receive healing, you can assist the process by having healing regularly, having an open mind, and visualising yourself as fit and well.
Healing is complementary to orthodox medical treatment, and is not intended as a substitute.
Cost: £20 for 30 minutes.
The following is a selection from more than 400 clinical studies showing the beneficial effects of healing:
1998, Dixon, M; Does ‘healing’ benefit patients with chronic symptoms? A quasi-randomized trial in general practice; J R Soc Med 1998 Apr; vol 91(4) : pages 183-188
This study looked at the effects of ‘healing’ on chronically ill patients in a large practice. For the study, 57 patients were alternately allocated to receive ten weekly healing sessions or to be controls. Two weeks after healing was completed, 22 of the 27 healed patients reported that their symptoms had improved and 15 of them reported that there had been a substantial improvement. Healed patients scored better than controls on anxiety and depression ratings and these differences were still evident 3 months later. The report concluded “that healing may be an effective adjunct for the treatment of chronically ill patients presenting in general practice”.
1996, Benor, DJ; Spiritual healing for infertility, pregnancy, labour and delivery Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery, 1996, Vol 2(4) : pages 106-109
Spiritual healing has been reported anecdotally to be of benefit for most of the ills of mankind. Research in the past few decades amply confirms this assertion. This paper discusses the applications of healing for infertility, pregnancy, labour and delivery. Though healers in the UK are forbidden by law to give healing around the time of birth without the supervision of a midwife or other medical personnel healers are increasingly working alongside conventional carers in doctors’ surgeries and hospitals. There is a definite place for healers to participate in bringing life into the world. Healers and grateful parents report that labour and delivery are eased when healing is given and that babies born after receiving healing seem more alert and ‘connected’ to those around them
1995, Brown, CK; Spiritual Healing in a General Practice:Using a Quality-of-life Questionnaire to Measure Outcome Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol 3 : pages 230-233
In this study, 35 patients with chronic health problems were invited to attend healing sessions with two healers at the surgery. 33 of the 35 patients completed the healing sessions. 11 of the patients had suffered from anxiety/stress for an average of 12 years; 6 of the patients had been suffering from depression for an average of 6 years; and the remainder were suffering from physical problems. Initially, the mean mental health score of the group was 49.6 (average for general population = 73.7) and they scored considerably lower than the general population on emotional and social functioning as well. At the end of the trial, the mean mental health score of the group had risen to 63.5 with comparable improvements in emotional and social functioning. 23 of the patients elected to continue with healing and a follow-up questionnaire was sent to them after 6 months. Nineteen patients answered and the results showed that the improvements in mental health had been maintained.
1990, Wirth Research in Parapsychology : pages 47-52
This study involved a group of people having identical cuts made on their skin. The group was then divided into two sub-groups; one of which received healing and the other did not. The healer never met the subjects (he just focussed on one of the sub-groups) and the subjects were never told which sub-group they belonged to (i.e whether they were being healed or not). The cuts were examined after 8 days and after 16 days and, on both occasions, the cuts on the skins of the group receiving healing were smaller than those on the group not receiving healing.
1996, Garrard; The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Stress Reduction and Immune Function in Persons with AIDS; University of Alabama (Doctoral Dissertation)
In this study, twenty men suffering from AIDS were randomly assigned to Healing or Mock Healing. During the healing sessions they all wore sleep masks and headphones so that they would not be aware of the presence of the healer. Those assigned to healing received 20 minutes healing from the healer; in the case of those assigned to mock-healing the healer entered and stayed in the room for 20 minutes but did not give healing. Healing effects were tested by giving all twenty men a stress test before treatment and nine weeks after treatment; Immune system effects were tested by taking white blood cell counts, of a type known to be deficient in those with AIDS, before treatment and then at three, six and nine weeks after treatment. By the end of nine weeks there were significant difference between the two groups with the healed group showing significant increases in white blood cell counts and on stress reduction.
1975, Krieger; Therapeutic Touch: the imprimatur of nursing; American Journal of Nursing 1975, Vol 7 : pages 784-787
In this series of 4 experiments, Krieger studied the effects of healing on haemoglobin levels in humans. For the first 3 experiments, healing was carried out by a well-known Hungarian healer, Oscar Estebany. In the last experiment, she used 32 nurses who had been trained as healers. All four experiments showed significant increases in haemoglobin levels in healed groups as opposed to the control groups.
1989, Wetzel, Wendy S; Reiki healing: a physiological perspective; Journal of Holistic Nursing 1989, Vol 7(1) : pages 47-54
This was a replication of Kreiger’s study using Reiki. Again, significant increases in haemoglobin levels in the healed group, as opposed to the control group, were demonstrated.
Meditation and Relaxation
One-to-one or group sessions using relaxation techniques, and creative visualisation, to learn and promote relaxation and self-healing.
The use of meditation dates back to Ancient times. Over the years it has evolved into many different forms and has become a more structured practice. Professor Herbert Benson, M.D from the Harvard Medical School discovered that meditation counteracts the effects of the sympathetic nervous system, (the fight or flight response). During meditation the blood flow is directed to the parasympathetic nervous system.
This is the part of the brain that triggers relaxation, a slower pulse and energy conservation. Studies are still being conducted on the effects, and as more scientific knowledge is gathered, meditation will become a more accurately and frequently prescribed treatment. Meditation is the practice of deep concentration of the mind. Listening to music or taking a walk in the park can all be considered as forms of meditation.
The type of meditation we teach at Number 11 is a mixture of the various Eastern & Western disciplines. For basic meditation for relaxation, we start with a relaxation exercise, then use a method to take us to a deeper state of relaxation/consciousness. Once in this deep state, we go on a short guided journey, such as to the sea or countryside. Through meditation we can bring the whole of our being into harmony and balance.
The session can be used to view objectively, and bring healing to, any particular situation or difficulty we are facing. Regular relaxation and meditation helps to keep us centred and able to cope better with the changes and challenges of daily life.
Cost: £20 for 30 minutes.
I offer guidance through either one, or a combination of, the following:
Tarot cards – a three card spread to give an understanding of situations that may be going on in your life, and how to move forward in a positive way.
Meditation – taking you into a deeper state of consciousness where you may find answers and healing.
Trance Channelled Reading – guidance direct from my Guides.
Cost: £20 for 30 minutes.