I am an accredited integrative counsellor, who considers the client to be addressed as a whole person. This means that each individual is seen as a composite of feelings, thoughts, emotions, and even the intangible aspect called the ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’.
Trained at London’s Minster Centre, in the forefront of psychotherapeutic methods, I have built on a foundation of sports massage, bringing people to a state of physical well-being.
I have developed my own psychotherapeutic approach called Body Talk, which is the fusion of counselling, body work, mindfulness and breathing techniques. It allows for release of tension which has built up in the body over the course of time. It stimulates the body’s natural capacity to heal physical, emotional and psychological issues without the client having to undergo a long, drawn-out procedure of therapy.
Body Talk is a psychotherapeutic approach which the therapist can use to assess and understand an individual’s or a couple’s body language, which may appear as communication dysfunction in such forms as clenched jaw, rolling of eyes, impulse to interrupt others, and so forth.
When you become aware of your own body language, you can express what you really mean and limit escalation of conflict arising from misunderstanding.
As a client said "Charmaine’s warmth and refreshing manner has the effect of inspiring confidence in her clients, putting them at ease, so that they may comfortably work to gain insight into their personal issues, becoming enabled to emotionally self-regulate and make optimal choices".
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy as well as a certificate in sports and rehabilitation massage and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. I am a weight trainer, and a specialist in dietary matters, having been a professional chef.
I had been suffering from quite severe migraines and chronic headaches for a number of years and they were really starting to affect my life and getting me down. I had tried a range of therapies and medicines but nothing seemed to make me feel better overall.
After a about 5 sessions with Charmaine, I suddenly felt that we had not only worked on my body to the point that we had got rid of 5 years of stress and tension but I also became more aware of where in my body I stored all this stress and tension and learned a lot about how the body copes and reacts to migraines attacks. I am a much happier and calmer person and learned to take better care of myself and body. My migraines have been much fewer and farther between even through stressful moments!
You can trust Charmaine to take on board how you are feeling and what your needs are. She is a great therapist and an incredible person too.