Counselling and psychotherapy are very broad terms which can include a diverse range of services from simply “listening” to more reflective, analytical and deeper work.
A professionally trained therapist will tend to embody more of the latter, utilizing the application of psychological principles to help explore life on an emotional and reflective level, while retaining the essential elements of sensitivity, caring and effective listening.
Effective Counselling helps create an environment where an individual feels able to express himself or herself openly and in confidence, to discover new insight. The practitioner role is one of skilled facilitator enabling individuals to gain greater clarity and effect positive change for themselves.
A course of Counselling may enable you to gain greater insight and understanding to help overcome any perceived obstacles in a positive, constructive way.
Our counselling therapist:
Roy Drake - BSc(hons)Adv.Hyp.Adv.PSM VTCT MBACP GQHP MIPTI
Roy is a fully qualified and practicing complementary therapist, psychologist and tutor.
Roy has always had a natural interest and commitment to an integrated approach to health as a means to promoting balance, wellbeing and vitality and firmly believes he offers services enabling individuals to live positive and fulfilling lives.
Roy studied social sciences and psychology with the Open University and trained to an advanced level in psychotherapy with the School of Analytical & Cognitive Hypnotherapy.. He has also trained in NLP with John Plester of the East Anglian Hypnotherapy Institute and former student of Paul McKenna and also to an advanced level in Professional Stress Management with the College of Integrated Therapies, tutored by Michael O'Sullivan, a respected figure in the field of stress management and psychotherapy.
Alongside Forest Haven Roy also lectures in Social Sciences and Psychology with the Open University and Norfolk Adult Education Services as well as providing private further education tutoring. He has a positive commitment to ongoing development, professionalism and lifetime learning. Roy’s personal philosophy is very much that each life experience presents new learning opportunities.
In his own words... One of my biggest strengths is my sense of humanity. This was something suggested to me by a former client when for a moment I paused during a session admitting I was stuck as to the best way forward. Initially perhaps not something to inspire potential clients! However, what was reflected back to me during and after that session, and what made this particular client feel comfortable enough to continue our work together, was my simple and sincere display of openness and honesty. It made her feel valued and understood and importantly helped remind us the expert in front of her was also a human being. This observation stays with me and captures a core value of my approach. Underlying all the training, techniques and experience, in my opinion, the biggest virtue I bring to a therapeutic relationship is the ability to connect with people on an equal level. I do not make any claims to have “the answer”; only we have this within ourselves. My role is to help you find those answers
As with most things in modern life, someone considering the services I provide will find themselves confronted with a sometimes bewildering array of choices and enticements. Despite some suggestions to the contrary, an individual is not simply a faulty machine in need of fixing or reprogramming. We are all first and foremost human beings, which, by nature, means we are all unique, often contradictory and confusing, yet ultimately naturally seek fulfilment, growth, comfort and peace. What is appropriate for one individual may not suit another, hence, a further core value within Forest Haven is a holistic, comprehensive approach to achieving very individual goals.
If anyone reading this perceives themselves as a machine in need of fixing, that’s fine. There are some practitioners who would agree with this and will be happy to provide a “fix”. If however, you are someone who understands and values your unique individuality and capacity for positive change and development, then Forest Haven may help you discover the way.
What our customers have to say
Sports therapy treatments have helped me in both competitive and leisure cycling, helping recovery as well as alleviating discomfort, especially from an old hamstring injury. One of the things I like about Roy is the mix of a friendly yet professional approach with a wide range of knowledge, including dietary advice and exercise tips as well as helping keep me focused and motivated. I’ve also learnt the importance of rest to help achieve my goals!
My decision to start training with Abi 15 years ago was inspired! The difference in my physical condition is astonishing and rather than feeling older and more exhausted I genuinely feel rejuvenated. The move to their own premises in Framlingham and then Rendlesham has added privacy and flexibility., add massage the steam room and hot tub – well I am extremely happy (and fit).
What I like about Roy is his non-judgemental approach, his good listening skills and his sense of humour. He is very refreshing. Also what is different with Roy is his ability to combine treatments, being qualified in so many areas – Counselling, reflexology, hypnotherapy, massage and reiki, to name a few. This can be very useful, especially with an illness as diverse as ME, and a person as diverse as ME!