In my 30's I was in a Senior management role, I had achieved what I wanted to do in life regarding my career, but I felt something was wrong, something was happening.
I felt like something was broken or needed fixing inside me and I didn’t know what to do. I felt lost, confused, and frightened and when I came across a Counselling course with Cruse Bereavement Care that was the start of my experience with Counselling.
I joined and this helped me make sense of some of what was happening within me.
That amongst other things I was grieving, but however, once trained I still felt incomplete somehow, l wasn’t really helping me. I was helping others but missing out myself and that happened for a long time as I continued onto higher Therapeutic interventions, moving through many different healing modalities and different belief systems.
All of this brought me to a room where a Speaker was talking about Non Duality and Self Enquiry, this had an immediate physical effect on me and slowly over time I began to see that I had completely missed out myself in the need to understand and “fix” something, I had also been avoiding looking at nearly all areas of my life that needed my attention as it just felt “too much” to cope with, but little by little I began to get really honest with myself and started to face what was needed, uncomfortable emotions, many difficult decisions and conversations.
The reason I am typing this and putting it here is that I believe that people need to know that I understand how many of these things feel. That I am not just a clinical therapist who has learnt some techniques and has some tools and skills to use, but that I am someone who has experienced and made sense of problems, failure’s, bad judgments, and decisions in life and not just survived.
Getting to understand and accept our emotions is possibly one of the most uncomfortable and hardest things for many to do, but if you look at is as a means to finding the peace, love, and attention you need then you will become more accepting of the importance of this in your life.
It is never too late to begin this with yourself, within my practice I see Clients in the age range of between 22 and 81 years of age and all start to thrive once they begin to see the benefit of this work.
If any of this resonates then please do get in touch, I offer a free telephone consultation with no obligation to continue. This gives opportunity for us to discuss your concerns briefly and to see if we feel comfortable in working together in support of your finding what it is you need to resolve any concerns.
The only thing that stops you being free, is the belief that you aren’t free already
Speaking from personal experience I think the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone you care for is too book a session with Janet, life will never be the same again, even if you’re not hurting right now you will discover so much that will enrich your life, find out more www.janetastle.com.Client Julie - Paignton, Devon (UK)
Janet's counselling has helped me improve my anger. We would talk about a certain subject and Janet would help me talk about my problems that I never thought I could talk about. She helped me a lot and I am very thankful for her service.Client J - Devon (UK)
I have been helped by Janet on so many levels. Health and wellbeing have been a huge part of my life for the past decade but it’s only been in the last year or so I’ve really looked into my emotions properly. I thought I was before but Janet has opened my eyes as to how to properly and deeply nourish myself. Janet has the most incredible way of getting you to see the absolute truth. Sometimes it was agonising, but other times utter bliss and peace. Whatever the emotions, I welcome them now and without Janet’s support I would have carried on denying them. What became apparent to me was that I was not recognising and really feeling all the great things that were already in my life. All to readily I’d beat myself up about something unpleasant but not feel the joy at all the good. Utter madness, but that’s all ended now. Janet has a real gentleness, but it’s also tempered with a bluntness when needed. She snaps it all back together. She has saved me having regrets because there are none. There have been lots of tears but lots of laughter too. Somehow Janet manages to remove the mist from the view so you can see clearly once again. Thank you Janet.Client Julie Harrison: Improve your Health - Paignton, Devon (UK)
I found the work I did with Janet has enriched my life, it was a safe, calm atmosphere. I felt I could trust her implicitly. She has given me the tools for self care, a concept I had no idea of before working with her. I have gained valuable insight into myself and a new way of being. This was a revelation to me. I was able to talk about things I had never told anyone in my life about, and gain a different perspective about the past which has enabled me to take forward positively in the future.Anonymous Client - Brixham, Devon (UK)
Janet reminded me about simplicity. Remembering simplicity was a huge relief. It was the building block I needed to re-align and re-assess (simply). Janet gave me direction to tools I could use day to day and indeed and gratefully still do. My first discussion with Janet was one of , what I considered at the time despair! I was feeling anxious and scared and extremely upset and I was looking here, there and everywhere for something, anything to break those feelings and emotions. Within a few minutes I was laughing and relieved of those dark and heavy (for that is how I saw them) feelings. Janet listened and then supportingly questioned me and in those few minutes I realised I was seriously over thinking and over complicating things. I feel that perhaps it took someone to listen without judgement and respond to my absurdities without judgement to help me come back to myself and notice that it was my thoughts that were being taken far too seriously and overtaking feeling. I learnt that my mind is like the sky and my thoughts are simply clouds - coming and going - not to be held on to or taken too seriously, the real me is in the moment of the breath changing from inhale to exhale, the real me is also the thoughts but only in a moment and the real me is ever changing, always imperfectly perfect and full of joy and laughter. Thank you Janet for your time and your listening but also and most importantly for the moment when you laughed and laughed (with love) at some of the things I told you I was doing to try and help myself - it is your laughter that lightened "the load" and was a real lightbulb moment for me because I saw I was taking myself way too seriously! Love to you and plenty more laughterClient Katy W - Torquay, Devon (UK)
Janet's Kindness and guidance helped me to get back on track with my life. Forever grateful. Thank youAnonymous Client - Brixham, Devon (UK)
I came to recognise how my reactions and behaviour is continually influenced by past experiences. I have moved from a Carers role to coping with the death of my partner. I often hear Janet's voice saying "is that really the case / true....?" Whilst exhausting I usually end up with a clearer picture of the issue, my reaction and the way ahead. I will carry much of what I l learnt about myself (with Janet) forward into the next phase of my life on my own, Deeply valuable as there is no-one else to be honest with me but myself!Anonymous Client - Brixham, Devon (UK)
Janet helped me understand and accept my emotions, particularly about things that happened in the past. I felt safe and supported through facing some difficult feelings about and around my childhood. Helped me with difficulties with low self esteem.Anonymous Client - Devon (UK)
The sessions with Janet have achieved everything I hoped for. I am much less anxious, feel more confident and more importantly I am much happier. I am surprised how being able to offload emotional baggage has made such a difference to my well being. I wish I had done it years ago! In addition I wish to say that Janet is an excellent listener and made me feel comfortable enough to be able to talk openly. It was nothing but a positive experience and hugely beneficial. Thank you Janet, not only are you a lovely person your help and encouragement achieved everything more than I could have hoped.Client Jo - Brixham, Devon (UK)
I would be very happy to recommend Janet to anyone seeking help and support in trying times. Janet has a very peaceful and compassionate aura about her, and allows you to open up to discuss events in ones life that require addressing. Janet allowed me to understand why I was feeling the way I did in the most challenging time in my life. Janet works in a very professional way and I trusted her implicitly.Anonymous Client - Devon (UK)
Feel more calm, able to pause and remain with whatever I am feeling. I feel my skills have been enhanced and the sessions really assisted me to recognise I would benefit from setting some boundaries in my life, which I have done. The sessions were so enlightening for me in many ways. I was able to recognise how much my previous experiences were affecting my life now. It was challenging at times, however if gave me the tools to be able to pause, reflect and focus on remaining present. Janet provides such a supportive environment with her professional approach and friendly character. It was such a relief to be heard and feel confident in my ability to move forward at my pace.Client S - Brixham, Devon (UK)
I have really learnt to listen to that feeling in my chest, that "gut feeling" & given it a chance to inform me of what it is I need. I have learnt to trust that feeling & make peace with that "little voice in my head" that appears infrequently now. Janet helped me to learn to hear myself, to sit with myself & allow myself to feel & accept & not question. With her guidance I found an inner peace & learnt to listen to my gut.Anonymous Client - Cornwall (UK)
Janet has really helped me to understand my problems! Janet was superb and so easy to talk to, I felt so at ease talking to her.Anonymous Client - Dartmouth, Devon (UK)
Recognising triggers & therefore being able to look after myself much better. I felt comfortable talking with Janet since first meeting. I never hesitated to get in touch if I needed a chat.Anonymous Client - Devon (UK)
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I learnt to be me & voice my opinion with no fear or returning to my younger, conditioned self. What I learnt was empowering. I felt comfortable and supported at all times. I came to Janet feeling in great turmoil, sad, despondent & unable to understand other people's behaviour. Janet helped me to find coping mechanisms & to understand why my responses to others behaviours were as they were & to learn how to counter my responses with new found ways. Moreover, not to allow others to undermine me.Anonymous Client - Devon (UK)
Working with Janet enabled me to revisit and release many difficult and deep seated issues, some of which occurred a very long time ago. Without her help I am sure that they would never have been resolved. I am very grateful for the insight I gained by doing this work, as it has enabled me, without doubt, to now live a happier and more content life. I found working with Janet to be at times absolutely fascinating. Her insight and intuitive understanding was amazing, and enabled me to work through my problems in a very effective way. Janet's understanding of the pressures and stresses someone faces in a caring role was also invaluable to me. Janet has also introduced me to the importance of self care, which was another very supportive measure which has helped me enormously. During lockdown we had to conduct our sessions over the telephone, and I was very dubious about it at first. However it actually worked very well and was as effective as the face to face sessions.Chris Brixham, Devon (UK)
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