About Chloe Swinton in Norwich
I am described as warm, creative, empathetic and grounded. A lover of animals and the natural world. I work holistically with the mind, body and spirit; recognising they are connected. I am fascinated by the mind and becoming a master of it; using visualisations and the power of intentions; in energy and how emotions can manifest in the body, throwing us out of balance; and how vibrational sound physiologically changes the body and alters consciousness, inducing healing. How nature can be transformative.
As a caring and compassionate social entrepreneur, I have my own therapy practice, where I offer integrative Counselling, Reiki and Reiki Drum. I offer Drum Journeys, in groups at festivals and events. In early 2018, my love of nature and the despair I felt with our climate crisis led me to become involved in peaceful and regenerative activism with Extinction Rebellion, and also being in a position to support fellow activists by facilitating Emotional Debrief Circles which I continue to do. I run the Ecotherapy in Norfolk Facebook group and help coordinate the XR Norwich Drummers group.
Background and experience
For 20 years I have supported a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds, and with a variety of issues. I have provided over 10 years of specialist telephone support at the national charity Missing People, to people experiencing ambiguous loss when someone close to them was missing, as well as supporting young people and adults who were missing. For four years I volunteered as a Counsellor for Phoenix Counselling & Psychotherapy Service in Middlesex. Additionally, I have worked with children as a School Therapist with Kids Company in London, and with adults with mental health issues at Norwich Mind. Most recently I offered emotional support to carers at Norfolk Family Carers and worked for Norfolk's domestic abuse charity, Leeway. I previously co-founded The Caring Space offering low-cost carers counselling in Norfolk, and ran the therapeutic drumming group drumNorwich for three years. I keep myself on my toes!
Alongside my therapy practice, I work part-time as a Senior Befriending Co-ordinator at Age UK Norfolk; connecting volunteers with older people who are feeling lonely and isolated. Volunteers offer a weekly phone call to help alleviate some of these feelings and provide companionship and positive conversation.
Having supported many people with ambiguous loss and recognising a vital need for more services, I am currently developing an Ambiguous Loss Support & Awareness project. In 2017, I became a Dementia Friend, and have a good understanding of dementia and the impact on loved ones. I'm also one of Norfolk's Domestic Abuse Champions; recognising and supporting people affected by domestic abuse. In 2020, I registered as a Time To Change Champion to help combat stigma around mental health, and started offering a range of creative therapeutic events.
I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance, and hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate. I am a registered member of the professional body; the British Association for Counselling and Psychology (BACP).
I feel very appreciative for the time with Chloë. She made some fascinating observations and asked thought provoking questions. She was non-judgemental and accepting of feelings and the situation, asking for ideas about solutions from my own inner wisdom. Definitely a real asset and credit to Norfolk Carers Support Counselling Service. - PG