I start from the premise that we all want to achieve our full potential, e.g. a rose with the right condition (sunshine, fertile soil etc) will grow and blossom, but a rose growing in poor soil and lacking in sunlight will try and grow and be the best it can be in those conditions.
Life’s journey is difficult! With many hurdles, but with counselling to help us overcome these difficulties, we look at the causes to enable us to find our own solutions.
BACP Accredited, UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
BA (hons), Dip In Therapeutic Counselling, Dip in CBT.
CBT looks at our cognitive process, that is how we think.
It highlights the link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and how this cycle contributes to the problems and difficulties in our lives. It focuses on the problems and difficulties we are facing now, and is a pro-active therapy.
I also offer CBT based Mindfulness, which is excellent at helping with anxiety and depression.
The NICE guidelines recommend CBT for the treatment of Depression and Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
What is Counselling
Counselling is an environment where you can explore personal issues, problems and feelings in a safe, secure and confidential setting. It is about empathy, openness and respect.
It is more than a listening ear;
Counselling helps clients to look at their problems, to understand them and then with the counsellor’s support find a way through, it may be a way of enabling choice, or of deciding on change or reducing confusion.
Issues that people may bring to counselling:
Bereavement, Loss, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, Depression, Low mood, Life crisis, Relationship issues, Suicidal feelings, Sexual abuse, Bullying, Physical abuse, Panic attacks, Eating disorders.
(This is an example and not an exhaustive list)
How long will the Counselling last?
This is very dependent on the nature of the issues, occasionally one session is sufficient, to the other end of the scale where long term work is necessary.
We usually contract for 8 sessions with regular reviews.