Pastoral Counselling can provide the opportunity to address difficult issues in a safe and secure environment. It allows time and space to explore patterns of thinking, defences, coping strategies, and ways of being, so that a way forward can be found.
The Diocesan Adviser for Pastoral Care & Counselling, Heather Vernon, will be establishing a small network of counsellors able to offer services around the Diocese. Clients will initially be able to receive up to 10 counselling sessions, subsidised by the Diocese. She is the person to contact with referrals for counselling or to talk through possible options as sometimes other services may be more appropriate after discussing/assessing a person’s situation and needs.
Heather Vernon – Diocesan Advisor for Pastoral Care and Counselling
Heather has been involved in psychotherapy and counselling for over 25 years as a practitioner and tutor (Leicester University) and is an Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She is also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors. Her background includes working in Mental Health as a Day Centre Manager and case manager (in a Community Mental Health Team).
She has trained in various forms of therapy – psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, humanistic, pastoral, sensori-motor psychotherapy, and supervision. For the last 4 years she has been part of a consortium of psychotherapists/counsellors from local churches in the Hinckley, Leicestershire area who offer a low-cost service to people who would otherwise not be able to access private therapy.
She is also a member of the prayer team at The Well in Leamington and leads Retreats and Reflective Prayer Labyrinths.
Heather can be contacted on 07960 879 406 or via the Diocesan email firstname.lastname@example.org.