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I graduated from Bangor University in 2022 with a Masters of Science in Counselling with a high First in Counselling Skills. Before this I was a Music Therapist for 14 years as part of the Clinical Psychology team at the Child Development Centre, Bangor, at the hospice Ty Gobaith, and worked for Gwynedd Council in many primary and secondary schools with disabilities and neurodiversity of all kinds. 

During my MSc in Counselling I worked at the NHS Primary Care Mental Health Counselling Service and the North Wales Women's Centre (NWWC) in Rhyl, where I still work. I trained with CRUSE in bereavement and grief counselling. 

As an integrative counsellor, I use elements of different approaches. I want to continually develop my knowledge and expertise to ensure I have the latest information on what works. This is some of what I have been doing:

In 2021 I explored the causes of depression. One effective intervention is dancing, as shown in my MSc presentation video 'Dancing your way out of Depression: Interventions for Adult Depression'. Tango, for example, can improve depression by up to 35% because you have to be in the present in order to improvise and connect with another person - and not perhaps ruminating on the past.

 

In 2022, I explored understanding your past in terms of loss of safety, self-worth or significance. Negative experiences may cause harmful messages to yourself. I also attended a CAT course (Cognitive Analytical Therapy) that focused on relationship patterns. It is based on the idea that our early life experiences influence the way we relate to other people and how we treat ourselves.

In 2023-24 I focused on ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) because I have seen that it is not enough to understand your issues - you also need skills to process differently today. The World Health Organisation now recommends ACT for trauma, stress and anxiety and ACT can improve these by up to 86%. I have seen this improvement many times in my clients. The NHS board in N Wales uses ACT with addictions as it is so effective. If you want to read more you could look up this article in Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/therapy-types/acceptance-and-commitment-therapy.

If you have any more questions about the way I work, please do get in touch. As always, I stress that these sessions are yours and you are free to discuss whatever you need to.  

About Me

Training/Publications

2024: Porn Addiction Course (Ross Hoskins)

2023-24: Running my ACT (Acceptance and Commitment) Course for GISDA, Caernarfon and for MSc. Students, Bangor University

2022: MSc in Counselling, Bangor University

2022: RASASC North Wales Sexual Violence Awareness Training 8.11.22

2022: ACAT: Two Day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy

2021: Counselling Training for Abuse at North Wales Women’s Centre, Rhyl

2022: NHS Learning Styles Training Workshop

2022: All day NHS Workshops on mindfulness, music therapy, yoga, self-care

2021: NHS Trauma Training

2021: All-day Trauma Training Workshop, North Wales Women’s Centre

2021: 6 week MINDFULNESS Course - Auctus Wellbeing Services, Llandudno

2021: 12 hour ‘How to Work Remotely’ Therapy Training course - Bangor University MSc

2021: 5 month training with CRUSE including ‘Bereavement Support Training: Trauma, Awareness and Self–Care Webinar’;  ‘Working remotely on Zoom/telephone’; ‘Working with Suicide’

2021: ‘Practice beyond the Pandemic - Remote and in-person - considering a blended approach to delivering therapy’ – British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

2020: Emotional Resilience Training Workshop by Mary Bannon

2004-2018: NHS Music Therapist and for Ty Gobaith Hospice

PUBLICATIONS:

Wimpory, Dawn & Gwilym, Elise (2019). Musical Interaction Therapy (MIT) for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC’s): Underlying Rationale, Clinical Practice and Research Evidence. In Dunn H., Coombes E., Maclean E., Mottram H., and Nugent J., (Eds.) in Music Therapy and Autism Across the Lifespan. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Masters presentation 2022 'Dancing your way out of Depression: Interventions for Adult Depression' on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4lBJPmjomQ&t=3s

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