Southfields Therapy Counselling with Beryll Camplin in South West London

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Therapeutic counselling in South West London - Wimbledon, Southfields, Wandsworth and Merton

When we are no longer able to change a
situation, we are challenged to change ourselves - Viktor E. Frankl

Thank you for visiting my website. By way of a very brief introduction, my name is Beryll and I work as a counsellor, therapist and life-coach based in Southfields, Wandsworth - my practice is easily reached from Wimbledon, Merton, Kingston and surrounding areas.

We live in strange and difficult times, the World is shifting beneath our feet and with no playbook to follow we are all at sea. In such an unpredictable environment, existing anxieties are magnified and new ones emerge, creating huge stress and uncertainty. Our priorities change and to keep them in some sort of order is tricky. I understand that counselling is not a priority - it’s more about surviving, isn’t it... whatever way we can.

I work a lot with anxiety and how to manage feelings but am not immune from heightened anxiety myself at this time.
If you are experiencing something similar I would like to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, if uncomfortable, and that there are strategies and techniques to ease this discomfort.

I am in telephone contact with existing clients: regular sessions as usual if that is requested; sometimes a bigger gap between sessions is preferred. Telephone counselling doesn't suit everyone but I am used to working this way so it's familiar to me - the voice can be a powerful and as well as a soothing tool, a different form of relating.

We all have different challenges and needs. Here are some of the reasons you might want to contact someone:

  • If you were considering having some counselling before we entered the social-distancing stage but are thinking this is not the right time

  • If you would like to run through a few ideas or tips on how to keep occupied - not just distracted but engaged - or focussed if you are home working

  • If you feel isolated and alone and would just like to talk to someone.

    I am here to listen, to give you space to articulate your thoughts and feelings and to offer any help I can, either now or in the future. We are going through massive change, barely able to take in one new set of guidelines before we're on to the next, isolation and distancing ourselves from friends and family goes against all our instincts. It's overwhelming. We don't have to pretend everything is okay, because it isn't. However a bit of rational thinking never goes amiss.

    If any of the above resonates please call me on 07505 995028 or send an email via the website. If I can't answer straightaway you can leave a voice message or text and I will get back to you as soon as I can. There is no commitment, no fee. I would really like to hear from you and how you are coping .

    Below is some information about me which you might want to read - or not. What seemed to matter yesterday, no longer seems important today. I have left it on this page anyway but feel free to skip.

    I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. My first degree was in sociology and education and I worked for many years in the charity and voluntary sector before training as a professional counsellor. I integrate humanistic as well as mindfulness and other approaches, alongside psychodynamic ones, all of which have value and allow me the freedom to work in a way that suits you and your individual needs. Previous experience includes:

    Working with teenagers who have low self-esteem, concerns around body image and eating disorders.
    Learning to manage peer pressure and being less self-critical is helpful with teens, as is developing ways of self-soothing and clarifying thoughts - rational thinking can bring us all to a calmer place.

    Four years at a women's centre helped me understand the trauma suffered by women on the receiving end of domestic violence, including coercive control and emotional bullying. Listening to their stories and providing a non-judgemental space to explore ways of changing how they see themselves in order to become more confident and self-assertive was at the heart of our work.

    I have also worked successfully with young adults on the autistic spectrum and with eating disorders in both teenagers and adults.

    The context of people's lives - society, family relationships and culture - as well as in their inner worlds is what informs and contributes to my practice. Therapeutic counselling is a form of healing, exploring yourself through talking and maybe also drawing, writing - whatever way you can best express yourself. Stress and anxiety are the key issues of our time - they can contribute to any amount of discomfort and distress and are experienced as very real; a vicious cycle from which it feels impossible to escape. They may also be symptoms of a deeper unease. Counselling helps to understand how early experiences inform who you are as adults so you can separate the past from the present. The focus is on you - your internal world and what's happening rather than external circumstances which may be harder to control.

    Have you ever heard the phrase We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are? This is a central tenet of Stoical philosphy and the Stoics certainly knew a thing or two about how to live a contented life. If you think about it, there is always an alternative view.

    Approaching a counsellor can feel daunting, sometimes downright scary. But I believe that within a collaborative and trusting relationship, the opportunity to develop insight and understanding of who you are allows you to explore aspects of your life that may be inhibiting growth. Together we can imagine something different.

    If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away - Henry Thoreau, writer

    Counselling in Wimbledon, Southfields, Wandsworth

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