Hi! How can I help you?
I am working online: I can offer you sessions via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.
How is it for you - this time of pandemic?
For some of us, this is an unprecedented time of stress: working from home; children on/off school and needing attention (or sometimes schooling!); struggling for time out from conflicting demands; confined space and difficult relationships; anxieties about income; rules and Tiers in flux; futures... Some of us are thrown back upon ourselves, with less structure, fewer contacts with others, more time to reflect, or brood, too much solitude... Some of us are finding this time is challenging us about who we are - what life is for - what really matters...
And you? How is it for you? Are you looking for help? Can I offer you the reflective space you need to meet the lockdown challenges?
You know how it is...
Life can be challenging sometimes. Painful, even. You can feel so flummoxed that there must be someone to help you sort it out, to help you find a way forward. So what can I do for you?
It starts with listening. With being heard and understood. Deeply. Then we can begin to see clearly what the options are - choices, challenges, changes...
I'm Klaus Heinrich...
After graduating in Psychology in Leicester (1973), I gained a teaching qualification, taught, and later studied with the British Association of Psychotherapists (1979-82).
I've been working in Leicester and Leicestershire as an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist since 1986; accredited supervisor since 2001; life coach since 2007. I've lived in Kibworth since 2004. I've worked privately and in secondary, further and higher education. They have been great places for me to learn about diversity, different abilities, and anti-discriminatory practice.
I do my therapy/counselling/life coaching/supervision from home in Kibworth (LE8), 10 miles South East of Leicester and within easy reach (and on bus routes) from Leicester, Market Harborough, Oadby, Great Glen, Fleckney, Wigston and surrounding villages.
What I can help you with
I've worked a lot with people experiencing
Counselling or therapy gives us the chance to stop and get curious about feelings we'd rather avoid. What's this anxiety about..? What's triggered this ‘depression'? etc. From this curiosity we can develop insight and resilience.
I charge £50 per session (50 minutes) for individual work; couples work is £60 per 60 minute session.
"I am in a really good place, and feel like you have given me the tools to change my negative thought patterns, and open myself up to new feelings and experiences.
I cannot stress enough how helpful and compassionate you have been throughout this process - and I can only thank you so much."
"The masterfully simple way that you have steered me towards an inner calm / balance, greater awareness and an evolving compassion is awesome and I'm extremely grateful."
"The best technique I learned from you was the "safe place" - it allowed me to remember happier times and prove that I could get back to that. More than any techniques though was just having someone who would listen and understand how I was feeling, and accept what I was saying without always having to justify why that was the case."
"Today was immensely helpful to me feeling some serenity with the workspace. I feel more professional again and less overwhelmed with the dynamics. You also did some GREAT modelling, for me to think about in my work with clients."
“I had social anxiety regarding an upcoming teaching role. Klaus respectfully and methodically attended to my concerns and taught me how to apply EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Since this single consultation with him, there has only been one occasion wherein I needed to briefly apply the ‘tapping technique’ because I have otherwise felt confident and in control of my anxiety. This is a skill Klaus has taught me for life.”
- Andrew M. PhD
Sleep, love, and imagination
Nearly all of us will experience sleep problems at points in our lives. For some of us, these will be so persistent they'll drive us to despair. The peculiar thing is that we can't control going to sleep - we can't make ourselves do it. We can only let it happen, surrender to sleep. If we're at all anxious about sleeping, the anxiety will stop us releasing to that surrender. We can get caught in a tense, sleepless spiral.
It's interesting to note that studies on sleep find that people get more of it than they think they do: we can be asleep at night even if we report 'not having slept a wink'.
Now, park that line of thought for a moment. Ask yourself, what's the most important thing/value/emotion in all the world? One word answer - ? Yes, it's in the title of this blog. Keeping it simple, can we say that the thing we value most in the world is love? Let's stay simple and not define what we mean - love is whatever you know it to be from your experience, plus your hopes for it.
OK - let's see if we can bring these two big deals, sleeplessness and love, together.
Suppose you could increase your pool of love, through use of your imagination. Suppose that gave you something useful to do when you weren't able to sleep? Would you be prepared to give it a go?
Well, try this:
Lying in bed, before going to sleep, put your left hand on your chest, round about where your heart is. Put your right hand on top of your left. Feel a bit of pressure on your chest from the weight of your hands.
Now, as you breathe in, say the word 'love' in your mind. Imagine drawing love into your chest and heart, as you breathe in. Just from anywhere - from the warmth of the bed, from people who come to mind, from the universe... You're being playful here, imagining...
And, as you breathe out, let love pour out with your breath, into the bed, into people that come to mind, into the universe... And imagine that what you're doing increases the fund of love in your chest/heart area...
Keep gently doing this... Just keep going... If sleep comes, you can let go to it... If other thoughts come, let them go again and go back to the breathing 'love'... If you wake in the night, put your hands back in place, do the 'love' mindfulness practice... Consider that you're making very good use of wakefulness, so it's absolutely ok to 'make love' in this way... Until sleep comes... or dawn...
There may of course be specific things keeping you awake. You may want to consult me, or a sleep expert, or your GP. This practice here does not replace full professional investigation. But it might just be worth a try. It might be worth practicing.
Experienced counsellor/therapist, looking for supervision? Check out my supervision page.
"Klaus helped me to gain confidence in my own skills as a therapist, by using the supervisory relationship to explore how I could draw upon all aspects of my previous therapy/counselling trainings. I cannot recommend him highly enough as a knowledgeable and experienced counsellor and supervisor."