Concentric Counselling



the Concentric WAY

The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, update their status on internet, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories
— Paulo Coelho

Humans have been healing in circles since the beginning of time. Sitting around campfires together, talking, drumming, crafting, dancing, we have long acknowledged the intrinsic therapeutic value of joining together, connecting with each other, and forming links - physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  And, even though our therapeutic understanding continues to grow and expand with modern discoveries, I believe there is great value in recognising our ancient ways of healing, and drawing from an innate tradition of reparation and growth - we heal in connection with others.

Social circles, the inner circle, coming full circle, centering ourselves, getting to the core of the matter, the circle of life, the cycle of time - the circle is important. They represent protection, containment, unity, fidelity, trust, connection and holism. They are unbroken, with no corners or sharp edges to catch ourselves on. They are safe, smooth, and whole. Concentric circles, sharing the same centre, symbolise the strength and connection of a common focus.

I believe that we are seeking all these characteristics in our therapeutic experience. It is a place of connection. The therapeutic space provides a safe boundary, and a place in which we are able to focus on the core questions you have. Working together, we will centre on you, and on achieving a fuller enjoyment of your life.

Wherever possible, create a circle where people can safely share deep experiences and diverse viewpoints. There are many circle formats, but their one central concept is to demonstrate reverence for the truth of another person’s experience
— James O'Dea

I work with many issues, including: 

  • Identity issues
  • Illness
  • Lifestage issues, such as ageing, menopause and midlife crisis
  • Loneliness
  • Parenting issues
  • Phobias
  • Separation and divorce
  • Stress
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Unresolved childhood issues
  • Workplace issues
  • Abuse - physical, sexual, emotional, and survivor work
  • Adoption and fostering issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Existential crisis
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Carer support
  • Co-dependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence and interpersonal violence
  • Family or relationship breakdown


As a non-diet professional, I work with body image and self esteem, disordered eating, and diet culture recovery using a weight neutral perspective, which incorporates Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) approaches to healing. My practice is body positive and inclusive of diverse expressions of health and wellbeing.