Hello and welcome to Sandiar, the home of Rosemary Sandham, counsellor & mindfulness teacher in Ealing, London. Are you experiencing difficulties, feeling stuck, wanting to make changes in your life? At times like this it may be helpful to have someone who can help you explore any difficulties you may be experiencing and discover how you can live your life in a way that is more satisfying and meaningful.
I encourage you to explore this site to find out about counselling, mindfulness and coaching and how they could help you. I teach mindfulness and offer the eight week MBSR/MBCT course to individuals and groups. I can also include mindfulness as part of my counselling and coaching.
"Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back in touch with our own wisdom and vitality…." JK Zinn
I have over five thousand hours experience helping people develop themselves and I bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to my work including organisational leadership, psychology, coaching and mindfulness. I am a qualified, experienced, BACP accredited and registered Counsellor and Therapist. I am also an accredited coach and a member of the Association for Coaching.
I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher (Bangor University). Therapeutic approaches such as Person Centred Therapy, Mindfulness and Therapy including; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion along with the most recent science from the fields of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology inform both counselling and mindfulness. Mindfulness can really enhance counselling, providing a wonderful toolkit for you to use in between sessions.
I practice as a counsellor, mindfulness teacher & coach in Ealing, West London within easy reach of Acton, Brentford, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Hounslow, Isleworth, Kensington, Richmond and Hayes. I also work with people by telephone throughout the UK and abroad.
You may want to know what the difference is between coaching and counselling.
Counselling helps you talk about problems you may be having or to explore what it is you really want and how you can achieve that.
Coaching helps you to access your natural talents so you can maximise your potential. It’s about clarifying and achieving your goals and enabling you to live your life in the way you really want.I believe that you possess the inner resources which enable you to achieve what you want and to find solutions to problems. I would work in partnership with you to enable you to access those resources.
"Believe that your life is worth living and your belief will create the fact." William James
"The most difficult discipline is to be what you are." Chogyam Trungpa
"Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid." Wolfgang von Goethe
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." Joan Baez
"Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder and spontaneous delight." EE Cummings
"You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck!" Rumi
"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. Sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall." Confucius
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde
Are you feeling sad, depressed or low, lonely or anxious and struggling to cope. Maybe work is difficult or an important relationship is making you unhappy. Are you feeling unhealthy or maybe you are struggling with an addiction. Do you feel that you are living the life you want or are you living on autopilot? Maybe you are feeling alone and isolated, unable to talk about how you are feeling even with family and friends. Counselling/psychotherapy helps you develop increased intimacy with yourself and with others, enabling you to feel connected with yourself and other people.
Mindfulness improves mental and physical health and well being. It enables you to control your mind rather than being controlled by it. An untrained mind can create havoc, leaving you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. We train our bodies to become fit, flexible and healthy, however, we often ignore our minds which may lead to unhealthy or troubled minds. Learning mindfulness enables you to develop a healthier mind, enabling you to become more focused, centered, calm and self aware.
Coaching is about transformation - helping you live the life you want. How you live your life depends on what you believe. Do your beliefs serve you well? If not, are you willing to change your beliefs? Changing your thinking can help you change your reality. Coaching allows you to really think about what it is you want and take action to make sure that happens. A coaching relationship is 'an encounter in which the two people are in synchronized attention and vast amounts of mental and emotional energy can be directed at the development of the person being coached'. Forbes