You are a living, breathing ‘human becoming’, evolving and discovering your way through life.
Sometimes you fly, sometimes you get stuck. Along the way, you may slip sideways or fall backwards.
Every journey of self-discovery begins with one simple step. However daunting that first step may seem, Embark Counselling & Coaching will support and guide you, from start to finish.
Counselling is to have someone walking side-by-side with you, learning from your past to put you on the right path and navigating the hazards to give you strength and courage to continue your onward journey.
Coaching is to look boldly into the future and design a fulfilling life you can aspire to. A meaningful life that has its foundations in your unique strengths and core values.
Are you ready to Embark on your journey of self-discovery?
Let’s get started…
Embark on a journey that nurtures your inherent curiosity and reveals your true self.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to feel. We are all born as unique individuals and our experiences and life events shape us in different ways.
Whether you’re seeking therapy to address the persistent gloom of depression or negative anxious thoughts, coping with the profound pain of losing a loved one or another significant life event – or you’re searching for meaning and purpose in life – having the support of a therapist can be invaluable.
Whatever your reason for being here, I assure you, it’s a good place to start.
Embarking on a therapeutic voyage to navigate challenges and find fulfilment is to reveal hidden clues that may explain past choices and current situations. It’s a courageous process of self-awareness, guided entirely at your own pace.
Curiosity leads to answers. Calibration brings us back to wholeness.
Embark takes a holistic approach, celebrating your uniqueness and exploring your journey to the present through mind and body. On the way you might realise that you are perfect as you are and find self-acceptance and understanding.
Our work might equally be approached through the coaching lens, to help you envision a new future and set you on a new path.
Only by understanding yourself will you feel empowered to make conscious choices and create a sense of calm and clarity.
I work with integrity and creativity to explore hidden depths, helping to recalibrate you for a more meaningful, connected and fulfilling life.
As we progress, you will learn that all your experiences, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations hold value and purpose. You will uncover and embrace them all as you learn to understand their unique significance.
It is this process of self-discovery, personal growth and transformation that is key to unlocking the secret to a more enriched life.
You are a living, breathing ‘human becoming’, embarking on a unique journey.
May it be a good one.
By shining a light onto your past, you will better understand the present and feel able to walk more confidently into your future.
It’s important that you feel safe and comfortable, because only then will you feel able to surrender your inner most thoughts, feelings and expressions.
Our work will take place in a quiet and spacious therapy room, where you will be comfortably seated and ready to talk and explore all dimensions of you. We will start slowly, taking small steps and working at your pace, so you can begin to trust what feels safe, held and manageable.
Over time, I may introduce some breathing or meditation techniques or even suggest we stand up and move around, allowing your body to speak through its own inimitable language, beyond the mind.
You will be gently and respectfully guided, from a fully person-centred approach, that welcomes all aspects of you.
I will show you how to recalibrate the delicate balance of your nervous system, including how to listen to your three main intelligent centres: head, heart and gut.
This is your voyage and you are at the centre of it.
Embark Counselling & Coaching is here to support you, regardless of your situation. A positive, beneficial client-therapist relationship is of paramount importance and if our approach is not the right one for you, I will suggest an alternative path.
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Embark Founder, Lucy Parker, is a trained and qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, coach, yoga teacher, meditation teacher and breath-work facilitator.
A widow, wife and mother, she describes herself as a “living breathing human becoming – embarking on my own journey many years ago and continuing to bear witness to the adventure.”
Lucy has over 15 years’ experience working privately with clients as a yoga, breath-work and meditation teacher. Working therapeutically with hundreds of clients has taught her one key thing: “We are all ultimately searching for health, to feel truly whole.”
“Our bodies are much more than ‘taxis for our brains’. That’s why my personal approach to counselling respects and validates our bodies as much as our minds.”
Whilst therapy is beneficial for all aspects of the human condition, I have some areas of special interest, experience and training. These include:
Registered through the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), Lucy has been awarded a level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Coaching from the University of East London. This unique, pioneering model takes a fully integrated 360-degree view of every person, seamlessly and progressively exploring their past, present and future dynamics within the therapy space.
Modalities covered in training:
Sessions are one hour [60 minutes] and are typically held weekly, at a set day and time. It is necessary sessions start and end promptly at the arranged time.
The first session is an opportunity to agree some important practicalities as we explore your focus for therapy.
We will also agree how many sessions you would like (normally around 12) or we may get started and see how the work develops. We will regularly review progress – the changes or benefits noticed – and next steps.
Yes! If it’s easier for you to meet online, that can be arranged via Zoom.
For online sessions, please ensure you have a good internet connection and that you are somewhere private and comfortable, where you can feel relaxed and know you can’t be overheard.
Embark sessions are £80 per hour [60 minutes]. Concessionary rates of £68 are available on request for certain groups such as the unemployed.
You can choose to pay for one session or in blocks of 6. Details about how to pay will be shared during your first session.
Payment must be made at least 12 hours in advance of your session, via our online booking system.
It’s often daunting to make that first booking which is why I offer a FREE informal 15-minute telephone call before you make your decision.
Thank you so much for your interest in this awesome piece of self-reflection and discovery. We can’t wait to be there to see you flourish.
I did some life coaching sessions with Lucy, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I had never done it before but as soon as I entered Lucy’s session it was explained in such a clear way. I found it very interesting, challenging and rewarding. The sessions were very thought provoking but that didn’t end in the room itself as on discussions between us both there was “homework” which was great as the weeks flowed so well and the journey wasn’t broken by time. The work is done by yourself, at no point did I feel influenced, hurried or judged just fully supported and respected by Lucy in every way and her knowledge and personality reflect on her style of coaching. If you need any guidance in your life I would whole heartedly recommend Lucy. It is the one journey I would want to do with no-one else. xxx
I was feeling stuck in a rut and like I needed a change in my career but was uncertain about which direction to go in. Lucy worked with me over four sessions to identify my core values and figure out what would make for a fulfilling work / life balance. She was a great listener, full of ideas, and incorporated lots of holistic practices from the other modalities she’s trained in. I feel excited about the future in a way that I haven’t in a long time thanks to our work together.
My coaching sessions with Lucy really have been transformational and I cannot thank her enough. When I embarked on these sessions, I did not know what to expect. What I did know was that I was ‘stuck in a rut’ of working long hours and had retreated to an isolated lifestyle where work and family came first, I was quite lonely and unable to perceive that anyone would be interested in spending time with a 60 year like myself. Lucy’s gentle yet positive advice and coaching encouraged me to question my self-perceptions, establish my values, what I want from life going forward and to take steps to achieve this lifestyle. Lucy encouraged me to describe myself and showed me that I maybe have been a success as an entrepreneur and more importantly to me, as a mother. This was so great to hear and such a boost. Articulating my ideal future lifestyle based on my values and goals was incredibly helpful too. One of the most important things I learned was that other people are not judging me and almost certainly do not see me as I thought they did. This was blocking me from reaching out to others, as an introvert. Instead, this has given me the confidence to make an effort with people and it has already been a revelation. Also knowing that Lucy was in the background encouraging me to establish SMART goals, did not allow me to slip into my old habits. I have embraced all of Lucy’s advice, knowing that I do not have to do everything, but can move as slowly or quickly as I can. I have a very different outlook on life in just a few short weeks, a renewed energy and cannot wait to see what the New Year brings. I would whole heartedly recommend your coaching.
I was stuck, unsure what I wanted to do with my life. I had been caring for family members whose situation had now changed. I had more time but was uncertain which paths to take. The structured sessions with Lucy helped me to focus on what I truly wanted for my future health and happiness. She was brilliant, taking time at each stage to ensure that I was supported. It was hard as I needed to take a honest look at my behaviours and work on how I could change my days to give me something that I would value more. Lucy worked with me, gently and incisively, enabling me to put together some goals. It was so empowering, so worthwhile. I can feel the tangible benefit of working with Lucy and am very thankful to her for all her care and support.
I contacted Lucy about her integrated coaching because I was at a point in my life when I had lots of different ideas and possibilities zooming around in my head but was lacking any real direction and didn’t know where to start, or even what I should be starting on! Through the coaching process Lucy helped me really consider my underlying motivations and steered me on a path which took into account all of the factors of my life and how I could build a meaningful project without compromising my commitment to raising my children and supporting their needs. I am now aware that I need to prioritise self care and build it into my weeks as a necessity and not a self indulgent luxury but I also needed an outline plan for a purposeful project outside of the home. The outcome of the sessions was a bit of a surprise as I had begun the process with an expectation that I would want to be setting up my own business. The work with Lucy made me realise that although I should hold onto my energy for this and not discount it for the future, it is not inspiring or exciting me at this point in my life. Instead I am embarking on a different project which is already fun and fulfilling and fits with so much of who I am and what I need to thrive. I would never have had the confidence to give it a go if it wasn’t for the support and guidance of Lucys coaching sessions.