Malai Sontheimer BAc MBAcC Dip Psychosynthesis MBACP
Over 20 years ago, after acupuncture cured me, I trained to become an acupuncturist. I then went on to complete a counselling training in Psychosynthesis. I now offer counselling and acupuncture separately.
I also offer a free 15 minutes informal meeting. Counselling is about taking time for oneself, with the help of somebody who is outside our daily life. We can look at our difficulties, as well as our good qualities. We can then face our anxieties, our anger or guilt and find acceptance of who we are.
Counselling is very specific to the individual. One person might struggle with a part of himself that is overly self- critical while someone else struggles with depression.
We look at the patterns that were created in our childhood. We also look at what the present has to offer us and at our dreams for the future, in order that we can become more of who we want to be.
In addition I offer counselling to people with special needs and particularly to their parents and carers; my son is on the autistic spectrum.
Acupuncture is about balance in our bodies, our minds, emotions, and in our life styles.
In Chinese medicine health is seen as a state of harmony between the 12 organs, where they work together as a perfect team of people would. If one of them becomes imbalanced, let's say we overwork and exhaust our kidneys, or we go through a rocky patch in our relationship which could effect our heart, then the whole system goes down, just like when one person in a team gets ill and the others get stressed by having to cover his workload.
By inserting very fine needles into the energy lines of the heart or the kidneys, these organs will get nourished and then the whole system will recover. That's why acupuncture addresses a wide variety of conditions.