Sandra Ballester

Sandra Ballester

Norwich
NR2

Trowse
Norfolk
NR14

07706 047388

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Norwich
NR2

Trowse
Norfolk
NR14

07706 047388

About me

I offer stress management and psychotherapeutic counselling and am a registered Autogenic Therapist, a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and a UKCP-registered trainee psychotherapist. I have been in private practice in Norwich since 2001 and have experience in helping a wide range of people. I am also a Registered Member of the BACP.

Autogenic Therapy is a world class therapeutic technique used extensively in Japan, Canada and many European countries. It is a powerful method of stress management, incorporating principles of mindfulness and other well researched elements of daily self-help practice which have been proven to help people manage stress. It takes about ten weeks to learn the Autogenic Technique and after that it is your personal skill for life and you are independent to practise it on your own.

Studies have shown that the Autogenic Technique increases the activity in the corpus callosum, which links the right and left sides of the brain. This balances the analytic and emotional sides of the brain, which in turn encourages lateral and creative thinking. Most people find that persistent daily practice over a period of time helps them to think more clearly, realistically and creatively.  It also helps to improve performance in education, art, music, sports and business.

Psychotherapeutic counselling is helpful if you are experiencing an emotional problem that you cannot resolve on your own. It can also bring insight and understanding of longer term patterns of distress, and together with your therapist you are helped to create ways to begin to change these patterns. Psychotherapy offers you a safe and confidential place to talk over your difficulties with someone who is trained to help you and is committed to supporting you.

Broadly speaking, psychotherapy pays attention to that which is unconscious whereas counselling usually focuses more on what you are personally conscious of.  We do not always know why we do what we do, or why we feel how we feel.  Psychotherapy helps to make sense of these things by becoming more acquainted with the deeper aspect of our feelings.  Counselling is useful for getting through a difficult patch in life, airing one’s feelings, or resolving a problem that has come up. Psychotherapeutic counselling tends to adopt some of both of these approaches.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training:

  • Diploma in Autogenic Therapy - British Autogenic Society, London, 2001
  • Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling - Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, 2014
  • Diploma and Masters Degree in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy - Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, expected date of completion 2017

Experience:

  • In private practice as a Stress Management and Autogenic Therapist in Norwich since 2001
  • Counselling and Pastoral Care work specialising in cases of domestic violence and abuse for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the UK since 2010

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Member organisations

BAS

Therapies offered

Other available therapies

Counselling
Psychotherapy

Fees

Psychotherapeutic Counselling:

£45 per hour

Autogenic Therapy:

Individuals - £45 per hour (normally 10 sessions required).

Groups (2 to 5 people) - £290 per person payable in advance, 9 sessions.

Concessions:

Some concessionary places are available, please ask.

Further information

I am available on Mondays in Norwich city centre and on Wednesdays in Trowse

Important information

If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2
Trowse, NR14

Practical details

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