What is Aromatherapy and Reflexology?

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Aromatherapy oils come from natural plant extracts which have healing properties.

WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is the use of organic essences of aromatic plants for healing and the maintenance of vitality with a body massage. Body massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by the hands to produce muscular, vascular and nervous effects. There are 5 classical movements in body massage which are effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibrations. These movements will be used by the therapist when the client is being massaged. There is no substitute for the human hand. Hands can be used as a natural way of healing. The essences, or,’essential oils’, as they are commonly known are extracted from a wide variety of plants,and are very concentrated. Aromatherapy is a truly holistic therapy, as it aims to treat the whole person by taking account not only of their physical state but also their emotions, which can have a profound effect on general well-being. It works on the principle that the most effective way to promote health and prevent illness is to strengthen the body’s immune system; in so doing, it helps to restore the harmony between mind and body.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF AROMATHERAPY?
Knowledge of how to make use of the beneficial effects of aromatic plants developed gradually. By 3500 BC, the priestesses of the Egyptian temples were burning gums and resins, such as Frankincense, to clear the mind. The Romans used essential oils for massage, and aromatic herbs within the home.

In 17th Century England, pomanders made of Oranges and Cloves were used to ward off the Black Death. Great herbalists such as Culpepper used essential oils such as Peppermint and Rosemary as an integral part of their medicine.

Aromatic substances played important roles in the medicinal practices of the Hebrew, Arabic and Indian civilisation. But for the ancient Egyptians aromatherapy was a way of life. At about the time that the Chinese were developing acupuncture, the Egyptians were using balsamic substances in both religious ritual and medicine. Records dating back to 4500 BC tell of perfumed oils, scented barks and resins, of spices, aromatic vinegars, wines and beers all used in medicine, ritual, astrology and embalming. When Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened in 1922, many pots were found containing substances such as Myrrh and Frankincense, both derived from tree resins: these were used as much for medicine as for perfume, the two being interchangeable at the time.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY?
There are many physiological effects of aromatherapy: The blood circulation is increased. Increased circulation brings nourishment and oxygen to the muscles and absorbs waste products. Waste product (lactic acid) formed in the muscles during strenuous exercise is re-absorbed and stiffness relieved. Development of muscle tone and elasticity can be promoted. Tense and short muscles are relaxed and stretched. It helps weak muscles and joints move more easily. Relaxation of tense muscles and improved tone in slack muscles can lead to improved posture, ie. For treating round shoulders.

There are many psychological effects of aromatherapy: Client feels rejuvenated and more able to cope with things. Beauty radiates from within. If you feel good, you look better and well. Brisk, stimulating massage will help the client to feel more alert. It gives overweight people an incentive to diet as they feel that the therapist is working on fatty areas, client will, in turn, try harder with their diet. In soothing aches adn pains, tension is relieved, the body and face will naturally be more relaxed, the client will look happier and younger. The luxury of a beauty salon with relaxing surroundings gives the clients relief from a hectic daily life and the opportunity to be pampered. Some clients feel inclined to talk out their problems or worries and this can relieve some tension in the client.

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is a form of, ‘Alternative’, or ‘Complementary’, medicine. It involves a method of treatment using massage to the reflex areas found in the feet and the hands. The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples. In 1913, Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, put forward the idea of, ‘Zone therapy’. Zones are longitudinal lines of energy ascending from the feet to the brain. Reflexology is based on zone therapy. When applying pressure to the feet, we are working on this basis, stimulating these lines which have a rejuvenating and healing effect on the entire human body. We have 10 zones, five on each foot representing 1,2,3,4,5, with zone 1 as the big toe and zone 5 as the smallest toe. The thumb is zone 1 and the little finger is zone 5.

Diagram of the Longitudinal Zones.

In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham, a psychotherapist originated the first maps which charted the body onto the feet. She expounded the doctrine that all parts of the body could be affected by pressure on clearly defined areas of the feet, particularly on the soles. When you treat the big toes, there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the body.

How Can Reflexology Help You?
The body has the ability to heal itself. After illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of, “imbalance”, and important energy pathways are blocked, stopping the body from functioning well. Reflexology can restore the body’s equilibrium and encourage healing. Obstructions in the energy lines register pain, eg. stiff neck or a painful back. Obstructions also interfere with blood circulations and this is noticed mainly in the hands in feet. Hands become stiff, cold and painful. Waste products accumulate at the lowest point of gravity, which is clearly felt under the thumb and fingers as you work on the feet. There is no substitute for the human hand. The feet are really a mirror of the body. The condition of our feet and the way we use them reveals our physical and mental state and influences not nly their own performance but the functioning of our mind and body as well. Consultation with a chiropodist to remove hard skin and deal with corns and calluses prior to commencing reflexology treatment sessions is highly recommended.

TREATMENTS
6 Treatments are recommended for the therapy to work to its full potential. Have a course of 6 massages and you will get the 7th treatment for half price and this will need to be paid for by paypal. The therapist will send you a payment request by email to pay for the 7th treatment. When you first visit us you will need to go through a consulatation sheet with the therapist to verify that you do not have any contra-indications to the therapy that will be given to you. On your first session, you will need to arrive 15 minutes before your treatment in order to fill in the consultation sheet, after which the therapist will be going through this sheet with you. Please bring your doctor’s details with you when you come. We will not be contacting your GP without your written consent.

AFTER CARE ADVICE

  1. Drink lots of fluids especially water and herbal teas for at least 12 hours after treatment. This helps to flush the toxins and stops dehydration for the client. Aromatherapy encourages lymphatic flow. The more you drink, the more your body flushes out its toxins. Avoid a bath or shower for 6 – 12 hours after treatment. It takes 3 – 4 hours for the oil to be absorbed into the skin. Do not have a sauna, steambath, sunbed or go swimming within 12 hours of having a treatment. This causes further dehydration. With swimming, chlorine can combine with the chemical of the essential oil and this can be toxic.
  2. Avoid using a hairdryer for 6 – 8 hours after the treatment due to dehydration. This also can cause a build up of heat and this is not good for you. Cut down or cut out your tea, coffee and do not drink any alcohol on the day you have an aromatherapy treatment. Avoid strenuous exercise prior or after the treatment.
  3. Do not have a heavy meal 2 hours prior to a treatment and 6 hours after the treatment. This is because if you have eaten, your digestive system is working at full steam and it takes time for food to be digested. This can cause you to feel sick if the therapist is working on your abdomen. Also the body cannot concentrate solely on detoxification if it requires the digestion of your food to be completed also.
  4. Try to have a nice relaxing day. Do not go shopping. The treatment can cause toxins to build up which can cause a headache or nausea. Allow rest for 15 minutes after your treatment. Clients taking homeopathy remedies should contact the practitioner about the treatment. They can get advice from him. If you are taking any homeopathic medicines these may cause an irritation or a problem when the chemicals in the medicine become mixed with the essential oils that are absorbed into your blood stream. The same applies toany other medicines you are taking.
  5. Take fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid red meat. Drink 4 pints of water if possible to flush out the toxins from your body. Try to do some exercises especially stretching exercises as these are good for you. There are many alternative therapies that you may wish to try. Some examples are Chinese Herbalism, Homeopathy, Crystal Therapy, Bach Flower remedies, Feng Shui, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Affirmations and Visualilsations, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Spiritual and Absent Healing.
  6. The Alexander Technique is very good as it teaches you about posture; stand and walk with your back straight, sit with your back straight, pick up items from the floor by squatting which is bending your knees and then pick up the item keeping your back straight when doing this.
  7. Post-nasal crisis; this is where you may suffer from nausea, headaches, stomach rumbling, runny nose, sneezing, runny eyes, skin might break out in spots cleansing the body, bowels may open frequently where you have to keep running to the toilet, feeling emotional after an aromatherapy treatment. This is where the body gets wors before it gets better. It is part of the h ealing programme where your body has to get rid of its toxins first and in doing so the above after effects may take place. However in a day or so you will feel much better. Please give the therapist feedback on how you felt about the treatment; after you have had it, 5 hours afterwards and then the next day how did you feel? This helps us to evaluate how effective the treatment was, and whether to change it to make it more effective.

I offer tarot readings by email, telephone, skype or face to face. I do swedish massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments. Telephone readings are as accurate as face to face readings. Book your Tarot Cards Reading or Swedish Massage/Aromatherapy / Reflexology Massage below. You can have a tarot cards reading and then a massage. You will be stress free and relaxed after you have visited me. There is free parking near me. If you prefer I can visit you for your treatment but charges are slightly higher to cover the cost for my travel to get to you.

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Diet and Nutrition Advisor (2016), Aromatherapist and Reflexologist (1999)
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I got Pass with Distinction for Diet & Nutrition Advisors Diploma

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My final assignment for my Diet and Nutrition Advisor Level 3 Course was, Write at least 1000 words on ‘You are what you eat’. This was my reply.

I want to start with saying that, ‘You are what you eat’ means that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food. So what are good foods and what are bad foods? Brillat-Savarin or Feuerbach stated that the food one eats has a bearing on what is one’s state of mind and health. In the 1920s and 30s, the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health, developed the Catabolic Diet. He stated that, “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” Foods to avoid in a healthy diet are fats and sugars. Foods that are good for us are fibre rich diets like bran, oats, muesli. One simple way to increase fibre intake is to power up on bran. Bran from many grains is very rich in dietary fibre. Oat bran is high in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. Wheat, corn, and rice bran are high in insoluble fibre, which helps prevent constipation. They absorb water and are eventually excreted from the body. They provide many nutrients for our body. Fruit and vegetables also have fibre in them. Fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals are required in their desired levels every day and too little or too much causes diseases or illnesses. Diet does not mean eating to lose weight. It simply means eating the right types of food. These include eating the five a day which is constantly prescribed on the television and at GP receptions as well as on the side of buses these days. Each year the UK has a higher rate of obese people than before and this needs to be controlled to avoid the increasing mortality rates that occur due to this.

The five a day prescribed is made up of fruit and vegetables so it can be 3 fruits and 2 vegetables or 2 fruits and 3 vegetables but it does not mean 10 a day as an obese friend of mine seems to think. She eats 6 apples a day plus vegetables with her dinner she told me last week and I informed her that this is above the 5 a day health requirement. It is excessive for her daily needs. An average woman takes 1500 calories per day and an average man takes 2000 calories per day. Eating more than these requirements will lead to obesity. I told my friend that she can eat 3 apples per day though variation of fruits is recommended in order to attain the different nutrients offered by different fruits. She can have the balance of 2 vegetables on the same day as a salad or boiled vegetables with her meals. She said she works all day and cannot live without her 6 apples a day and she said to me how do I know what to eat when I myself am overweight.

I agree I am overweight right now and this is why I decided to do this Diploma in Diet and Nutrition Level 3 so that I can learn the facts about foods and learn to eat the correct way and become slim again. When reading about apples on this course it stated that excessive eating of apples is a craving for saturated fats which are meat pies, cakes, pastries, sausages. We crave the things our body is lacking in relation to nutrients. A craving for a food item is linked to what we are lacking in our body. Our body knows what it requires even though it seems our mind does not. An obese person may continue to eat junk food and cakes because they are addicted to food and they feel happiness in eating the food which they do not feel normally as being obese has its own problems of not being able to run, climb stairs without losing breath, their knees and feet swell up as they can no longer take their weight.

Your eyes are bigger than your stomach” means that people tend to take more food than they can or should eat. I think this is true for a lot of people. I have chatted to many slim, fit people and asked them how they manage to stay slim, the answer is the same,’ I don’t eat sweets or oily foods and I love eating fruits. I like eating raw vegetables like carrots and celery. I do not eat chocolate or cakes’. There is your answer. Yes, there really are people like that.

The government has to pay using tax payers money for life threatening operations that occur every day due to obesity to save these people. In the past years the UK has suffered with food shortage and rations especially during the three world wars that took place, bad hygiene as well as dirty environments and people would die much earlier than now. They were never fat during the world wars but they may die due to lack of nutrients required leading to diseases and illnesses. The average person would live to 40 years of age in 1800’s England. Now the average age to live in 2015 England is 81 years. This is continually rising due to better health and safety practices in the work, home, environment, medical advances, new drugs, medicines, cures to illnesses found.

Fats and sugars are good for you in the permitted amounts required per day but in the UK it is found that obesity is prevalent due to the high amounts that obese people intake of fats and sugars. They are found in pies, cakes, pastries, biscuits, fried foods like fish and chips, fatty meats, sausages. Some of these items can be substituted as in the case of having grilled fish and chips, grilled sausages, eating fruits instead of cakes and biscuits. This needs to be done from birth really as good habits stay with us if they have grown with us and the opposite applies for bad habits stay with us if they have grown with us. Children that lose teeth due to eating sugary foods and excessive acidic fruits or juices suffer as adults with dentures and having to get implanted teeth at a cost of thousands of pounds along with suffering decaying teeth and gums throughout life unless their food habits change.

You are what you eat is normally obvious from your body type. Appearance gives that one away. The 3 body types are thin, slim and fat. Ideally people should be slim as both being underweight and overweight leads to illnesses and diseases that can lead to death. Anorexia and bulimia are diseases that cause a person to become underweight and even die. Anorexia is where the person eats hardly at all and bulimia is where the person overeats and them vomits all the food out immediately after overeating. With both diseases, the body does not get the required nutrients. The person’s immune system breaks down and the person is unable to defend itself against colds and illnesses that the body fights off on a daily basis. Look at yourself in the mirror today and decide whether you want to make a change in your eating habits. When the mirror looks back at you, what does it say to you? Your eyes may be bigger than your stomach but the mirror speaks the truth. If you know someone who is anorexic or bulimic or perhaps you yourself are, when you look at that mirror, you may see a fat person in it when really you are underweight. Ask your friends or family to be honest and tell you whether you need to lose or put on weight. Even better everyone should see their local GP for a free health check from time to time and from there you will find out the truth also before it is too late. No-one should live in the dark with their health. You are what you eat.

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Tina Sawhney – BSc Hons Psychology (1990),
Counselling Studies Diploma (2016), Diet & Nutrition Advisor Diploma (2016)
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What is International Women’s Day?

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International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons. International Women’s Day. “When women succeed the World succeeds. When women and girls thrive, entire Societies thrive.” Hilary Clinton. WomenOnlyConnected.com has recently been described as ‘An Amazing Network of Talented, Inspirational Women.’ That’s YOU! Today WE celebrate the talents, friendship, support and inspiration that you so generously share with each other.

Today WomenOnlyConnected.com celebrates YOU! www.WomenOnlyConnected.com Enjoy the day!

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day timeline journey from 1908 till today. 1908: Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. 1909: In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National……….

So make a difference, think globally and act locally! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

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Tina Sawhney – BSc Hons Psychology (1990),
Diploma in Counselling Studies (2016)
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Tarot Cards Reader Monthly Newsletter 1st March 2016

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1st March 2016 has crept up on us and Spring is here at last. Time for us to start thinking about our oncoming Summer; a period of fun, frolicking and happiness both with our friends and family.

Hi, The photo of the tarot table above is my tarot table in my lounge. It makes me feel more spiritual, have calm within myself and the feeling of tranquility when I light up the candle at night-time using the oil burner with rose oil or a rose scented josh stick. Try this yourself at home. it will give you so much peace within yourself. Yes, rose is my favourite scent. What is your favourite scent?

Last month I spent a lot of time writing posts for my blog. My posts reflected what was going on in my life and I would like to share them with you. Like myself you must have different moods that affect you throughout the month and you deal with them in your own way. My way is to put my thoughts into writing which is why I enjoy writing my posts for my blog. I want to share my finds with you.

I get a catharsis by releasing all my inner thoughts onto a page of writing. Even when I was little I used to write a diary. Have you ever trying doing that; putting your thoughts into writing? In the past when we did not use computers so much we would write in a diary or on a notepad. Even now sometimes I prefer to write on a notepad as I don’t always trust the internet to keep my feelings secret. Hackers can see anything. See below my posts written in my blog last month February 2016:

  1. Who was Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/who-albert-einstein-1879-1955-tina-sawhney?trk=prof-post
  2. Discuss why you want to become a counsellor. What qualities and characteristics do you feel you have that will assist you in role as a counsellor? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/discuss-why-you-want-become-counsellor-what-qualities-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  3. I just got a Pass with Distinction for my Counselling Skills Diploma at Stonebridge Associated Colleges. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-just-completed-my-counselling-skills-diploma-colleges-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  4. What does a Tarot Cards Deck look like? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-tarot-cards-deck-look-like-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  5. What is Chinese New Year? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-chinese-new-year-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  6. How can I improve my emotional health? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-can-i-improve-my-emotional-health-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  7. Do first impressions matter? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-first-impressions-matter-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  8. Video about me & tarot card readings. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/httpsyoutube6zxvfejy1t0-tina-sawhney?trk=mp-reader-card
  9.  This simple drink is making weight loss easy for people! http://blog.tarotcardsreader.co.uk

I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts and seeing my latest video. Have a lovely time this month and let me know how you have been getting on. I have decided to lose some weight before the Summer comes because my doctor told me recently I may have diabetes, raised cholesterol and low thyroid but that it is all borderline. I hope to reverse this diagnosis by losing the weight and diet control. I got such a scare that I started a Diet and Nutrition’s Diploma course at Stonebridge Associated Colleges two weeks ago. It is so tough that I had to resit a couple of assignments this weekend gone. I did that and passed them I was told today by email as it is an open university course from Stonebridge associated Colleges. Another 10 more assignments to go to complete the course but the assignments are getting harder now. Wish me luck.

I recently completed a Counselling Skills Diploma at Stonebridge Associated Colleges and I got a Pass with Distinction. That was tough too. I wrote about it in one of my above posts. As a tarot reader it is stated that having a background of psychology and counselling is very useful when helping people with their problems. I have BSc Hons Psychology (1990) and now the Counselling Skills Diploma (2016). I completed my skills in holistic therapy as an aromatherapist and reflexologist (1999) so I know that natural essential oils can really help with our moods as well as cure serious as well as not so serious illnesses.

How is your health? Remember if you feel your health is not good you must see a GP before contacting a healer or therapist. I have a friend whose mother was sick with cancer and her mother refused to get treatment from doctors as she believed more in seeing her healers. She eventually died. Nothing can replace the medical profession when it comes to our health. They do amazing things everyday from transplanting organs from other people to finding cures for serious illnesses along with the normal accident and emergency department in all hospitals.
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Who was Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955?

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As a psychic tarot cards reader and counsellor I find the above 21 quotes so true. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

Albert Einstein, in his theory of special relativity, determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and he showed that the speed of light within a vacuum is the same no matter the speed at which an observer travels.

Born: March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany He died: April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey, United States He was influenced by: Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi, more His children were:: Eduard Einstein, Lieserl Einstein, Hans Albert Einstein He was also influenced by: Ernst G. Straus, Nathan Rosen, Leo Szilard

More Quotes: Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein: A life spent re-imagining physics- 18 March 1879. A free spirit is born.

Almost from birth, Einstein’s enquiring mind was developed by parents who encouraged his independence. Aged just four, they sent him out to explore the local area on his own. Aged five, his father gave him a compass to play with. He was captivated by the motion of the needle. This was the genesis of his interest in science. Much later, his theories would be used to explain that motion.

Tina Sawhney – BSc Hons Psychology (1990),
Diploma in Counselling Studies (2016)

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Discuss why you want to become a counsellor. What qualities and characteristics do you feel you have that will assist you in role as a counsellor?

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This is one of the questions I was asked on my final assessment for the Counselling Skills Diploma at Stonebridge Associated Colleges. I feel that the content of this post will help a lot of people understand what is required to become a counsellor. If you are impatient and cannot sit still long enough to listen to your friends problems then why should your friends listen to your problems? While listening to someone who is pouring their heart out to you means looking at that individual and showing full interest in what they are saying. It does not include looking at your mobile phone constantly or watching the television because something there looks more interesting.

Even worse it does not mean interrupting your friend pouring his or her heart out to you while you decide to make a quick phone call to someone or even answer a phone call. Tell me how many times have you done that? If this is true then you could not make a good counsellor nor a good friend. Caring and empathy is required when someone is down. I have had friends not prepared to listen and our friendship did not last. They showed that they did not care about me at all. Who needs friends like that? I think you will agree.

You may not have meant to ignore your friend when he or she needed you because you had so much on your mind and so many of your own problems but it is cruel to treat your friend when they most need you like that. Good friends are hard to come by. Don’t be selfish. Listen to them and put that phone down and stop looking at the television when they are upset. The time will come when you need them and they are no longer there.

I am a Psychic Tarot Cards Reader since 2003. My background is BSc Hons Psychology (1990) and I was also a practising Aromatherapist and Reflexologist (VAI Diploma – 1999). I hope to have a Counselling Skills Diploma (2016) after completing this course today. I have always been interested in Psychology which is why I did the degree when I was 19 years old. I enjoy helping people with their problems. I initially wanted to become a psychotherapist when I completed my degree but I did not have the money to pay for this so I worked as a Lettings Manager for 23 years. I sold that business 3 years ago. However 1.5 years later a tragedy happened where my house burnt down and I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I myself have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and I felt that both these therapies have really helped me. I hope to use this basic counselling skills diploma in my tarot readings as some of my clients really need counselling also. All tarot readers are encouraged to have a background in counselling. I feel that I have learnt a lot on this course.

I am confident that I have all the below ten qualities and characteristics required to be a counsellor. I am older now and I believe that with age comes experience and wisdom which are both good qualities to have as a professional counsellor.

Patience
As a counsellor you need to have patience with your clients as they process the discussion. It may take them time to accept certain things and to move towards positive changes. Some people need to discuss something many times before they are prepared to make a move in any particular direction. Also, you are not likely to see large changes in an individual client; therefore, you must be okay with incremental progress in their lives and rejoice over small victories.

Good Listener
Counsellors spend a significant amount of time listening to their clients. You will do more listening than talking. You must be content to give the client time to express their story and their feelings. You will need to be intuitive in discerning what the client is really saying and “read between the lines”.

Compassionate
It is very important that your clients feel your compassion for their problems and that they sense you truly care about them. You may not be able to relate to every issue that is shared with you, but you need to be able to have compassion for how it feels to be in their shoes. Genuine concern yields positive results.

Non-judgmental
Counsellors hear all kinds of private information and encounter all types of people. You may hear dark secrets from someone’s past involving such things as sexual or criminal behaviour. You must do you best to refrain from judgment and instead communicate positive regard. There are times when it may be necessary to judge a particular behaviour, but the client must not feel that you are judging them. Likewise, you may encounter clients of different races and/or cultures. You must not push your cultural or religious views upon them. Multicultural competency is a necessary skill. The counselling environment needs to be a safe place for a client to share their most intimate concerns.

Research-Oriented
Being a counsellor involves a significant amount of time spent researching. You will need to stay current on the research in order to help your clients. This involves reading books and journal articles on a regular basis. You do not learn everything you need to know while in college. Much of your knowledge will come from personal research after you have begun to see clients.

Empathetic
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. You need to be able to put yourself in the shoes of your client and understand the situation from their point of view. Even if you don’t agree with their perspective, you still need the ability to understand how it feels to them in order to address their issue effectively. However, it’s important that you are not too empathetic. Some people struggle as counsellors because they are unable to maintain objectivity and therefore carry home the emotional stress of the job. The level of empathy necessary can be a fine line between helpful to client and harmful to counsellor.

Discrete
Confidentiality is of upmost importance when you are a counsellor. You must be able to maintain confidentiality so the client can trust you with their most intimate concerns.

Encouraging
The ability to encourage is important for a counsellor. Many clients are struggling to find hope in their situation. One of the primary jobs of a counsellor often involves instilling hope in a hopeless individual.

Self-Aware
A counsellor who is aware of their own fears, insecurities, and weaknesses will be effective in the therapeutic relationship. It is important that you do not react defensively to what a client shares. You must be able to keep your own feelings out of the session. You will be better able to do this if you are self-aware. In addition, self-aware individuals are more intuitive with regards to solving their own problems and can use that knowledge to help clients through similar situations.

Authenticity
Authenticity is vital when working with clients. Clients will know if you are being fake or not showing genuine concern. They will not open up to you or trust your advice unless they feel you are genuine. This is even more critically important when working with teens.

I received this email today from Stonebridge Associated Colleges where I did my Counselling Skills Diploma:

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the final examination for your Basic Counselling Skills Level 2 course. On behalf of the college we have reviewed your performance throughout your course and in line with ABC Awards regulations, and have awarded your overall result for the course a “Distinction”. It is worth noting that this is the highest appraisal you can attain for this course. Well done on this excellent achievement.

Tina Sawhney BSc Hons Psychology (1990), Diploma Counselling Studies (2016)
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