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Counselling & Psychotherapy

How can counselling and psychotherapy help me?

Sometimes we are not comfortable talking to family and friends about things that may be troubling us, and we may wish to talk to a professional therapist, in a safe and confidential setting. Attending with a fully qualified and accredited therapist, offers you the opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you, with someone who is trained to listen attentively, and without judgment. Through the development of a robust and professional working relationship, the therapist can help the client to gain greater insight into their presenting issue, and together discover a way forward for the client, that enables them to once again, take charge of their life. This is sometimes a difficult process, and it is crucial that you can do this in a safe and confidential setting, with a competent and experienced practitioner. Talking with a professional that you can trust, enables clients to discuss difficult and sometimes painful topics, in an environment that is safe and conducive to personal development.

How many sessions will I need?

During an initial assessment we would discuss your presenting issue and whether counselling would be a suitable option for you. We would also discuss whether you felt comfortable in talking to me, as being at ease with your therapist, is crucial to establishing a good therapeutic relationship.

  • Short-term counselling/psychotherapy

    Generally speaking Short-Term therapy deals with issues that have surfaced recently in your life, and may need only a short course of therapy, for you to once again gain control in your life. This course of therapy usually lasts between 6-12 sessions.

  • Open-ended counselling/psychotherapy

    If you have been experiencing difficulties for a long period of time, or there has been some traumatic event in your life, then you may wish to attend for a longer course of therapy. This enables us to explore the issue in greater detail, whilst also allowing you a longer period to find solutions, or perhaps, gain a deeper sense of understanding and acceptance. During therapy, we will periodically have review sessions, to establish how the therapy is going and if anything needs to be addressed. This includes working towards a planned ending.

What issues can counselling help with?

Some of the most common issues brought to therapy:

  • Depression or low Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Sexual Identity
  • Relationships
  • Pornography
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Work Related Issues
  • Stress
  • Suicide or Self-Harm

What are your special areas of interest?

I have received specialist training in the following:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Working with Suicide or Self-Harm
  • Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues