I have developed these sessions and programs through years of experience and research. They reflect who I am and bring together all of the skills from my other modalities.
This session provides an opportunity for us to explore and experience touch completely focused on the hands and lower arms. Giving and receiving touch.
The fingertips alone hold more than 3000 touch receptors!
Nourishing The Soul
If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or panic disorders this program will gently ease you into a safe space – a place of sanctuary.
We will go through a series of 6 sessions in 6 consecutive days (the 6 days can be extended upon request).
Unlike formal therapy there will be space to just chat or nourish yourself in the silence yet comfort of another’s company.
You will be made to feel safe, not scrutinised.
The session will be free from judgement, expectations and advice. Just listening ears, a friendly face and a warm embrace.
Most importantly it will bring a deep human connection that can be lacking in traditional counselling.
Overcoming Touch Aversion
Do you recoil from touch or hugs but wish you were more comfortable with it?
If so, this program could be for you.
Sessions are one to one.
We will go through a series of 6 short sessions over 6 weeks with a very gentle introduction to closeness and building on the experience at the speed determined by the client.
We will look at boundaries and consent and I will ensure you feel safe at all times taking as many breaks as is needed.
I will be aware that your aversion may have been triggered by trauma so will be attentive at all times.
The 6 weeks program can be extended at the request of the client. The 6 weeks is not a time limit for when you should feel comfortable with touch but a gentle introduction for you to build on.
This service is for providing gentle, nurturing touch to people admitted to hospice, palliative care or with their end of life care at home and includes supportive hugs to loved-ones that are also present.
As an End of Life Doula I’m acutely aware of the importance of touch through the dying process and also how important those hugs are to the loved-ones attending to them. This will be very much working alongside family and friends demonstrating and giving confidence to them on how to use a gentle, conscious touch with their loved one to support, comfort and relax.
I am also available to provide that need for touch when family and friends can’t be there.
Our touch needs don’t diminish when a life-shortening diagnosis is received or during the active dying stage and it can be a powerful way to communicate love when consciousness diminishes.
My aim is to provide touch with presence, compassion and tenderness whilst being mindful of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are present in end of life care.
I am also able to advise couples on intimacy through their life-shortening illness and end of life.
Hospice Hugs is a donation based service to ensure it is inclusive for everyone and I am available from the moment a terminal or life-shortening diagnosis is received.
Holding you in Grief
Not everyone has someone they can reach out to in times of grief and, even if they do, sometimes people just don’t want to burden their loved ones with their pain.
My experience as an End of Life Doula alongside my space and grief holding is particularly suited to these sessions.
Cuddle & Connection Retreat
This retreat is for clients who have already attended a minimum of 2 in-person sessions with me.
The venue is in beautiful Galloway.
On this retreat we will explore connection through activities and exercises.
And, as well as compassionate touch, there will be meditation and free time for you to explore the local area and just be. If you wish there might even be an opportunity to practice yoga with the resident yoga teacher and take a guided walk with the resident rambler who is also a member of the local mountain rescue.
If you feel a calling to any of these programs please get in touch for an informal chat or email if you’re more comfortable with that.
Compassionate Touch and Cuddle Therapy is NOT a counselling, massage, sexual, or dating service and is not a substitute for professional medical advice but is a powerful, natural, complementary form of self-care. It is not suitable for everyone and if you have a pre-existing medical condition please consult your gp before coming along to a session.
For more information please take a look at the FAQs page.