A THERAPEUTIC APPROACH FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH ANXIETIES, WORRIES AND FEARS
Drawing upon 20 years of experience and research in the field of psychological health and wellbeing, Gareth Williams offers a confidential service tailored to each individual.
To help people become free of the limitations that can arise from problematic anxiety and worry, Gareth's approach to therapy integrates mindfulness, compassion, recent developments in CBT, humanistic psychotherapy, and a holistic understanding of mind and body.
Almost 1 in 5 people experience difficulties directly related to anxiety. This can take the form of generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and so on. Fears may also play a significant role in the experience of chronic illness. Anxiety can limit our freedom to live an enriching life and achieve our potential.
Mindfulness and self-compassion offer us a way to understand our experience of anxiety and transform our relationship with it. By developing insight into the trickiness of the mind and the way we can unintentionally tie ourselves in knots, we can gradually free ourselves from self-defeating patterns and courageously engage more fully in our lives, living with more joy, creativity and aliveness.
After studying shamanism and transpersonal psychology as part of a masters degree in music, Gareth moved to Lothlorien Therapeutic Community, where he worked for 2 years as a full-time volunteer. Here he was introduced to the Person-Centred Approach and developed a regular mindfulness practice. Following this, he has trained in Person-Centred Therapy, Process-Oriented Psychology, mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. He completed a training in supervision in 2010.
Gareth has worked as a counsellor with adults, children and young people, and families since 1999. He has worked for Rethink, Visyon, and Mind, and currently teaches on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Manchester University. For the last couple of years Gareth has also been delivering training in mindfulness.