Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often interchangeable terms used to describe a form of talking therapy.  There are many different models or approaches that can be incorporated into therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Person-Centred Therapy, Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and Integrative Therapy to name a few.

As an Integrative therapist, I work organically incorporating various approaches as and when I feel they will benefit you in your work towards becoming a more fulfilled, happier and content individual.

Will Therapy Help Me?

Life is not always a bed of roses and there will be many challenging and difficult situations that will arise at any one time in your life.  The problem may be an emotional, personal or interpersonal issue that you have had for a number of years or it may be a recently occurring problem. These issues may be anxiety and stress, depression, bereavement or grief, inability to control or express your anger, a low self-esteem or lack of confidence. You may be finding it difficult to cope with life resorting to self-harm or substance misuse such as alcohol or drugs.  You may be a victim of abuse: emotional, physical or sexual or find that you a being victimised or harassed in your workplace or personal life.

It may be that during one of these difficult times you are no longer able to cope on your own.  You may have decided that you can no longer live with the problem or you may have reached a crisis point and recognise that you need help and support to understand, work through and deal with this difficult issue. You may find that you are not comfortable discussing these issues with friends or family or because of the fragmented and broken society we live in, you may find that you have no-one you can talk to.  Feeling alone can only make the problem seem insurmountable and can ultimately hold you back in some way or another.  If you know that you have the resources and support to deal with your feelings about certain issues and find solutions they no longer seem so big.

How Does Therapy Work?

Therapy is not a magic cure to all of your problems but will provide you with a warm, safe and confidential space in which you can freely and fully express, explore and clarifying your feelings and thoughts in a relaxed and nonthreatening way.

As your therapist, I will help you to make sense of your present circumstances and encourage you to "unmuddle" and organise your thoughts and feelings.  I may need to work pyscho-dynamically, helping you to understand in which ways your past shapes and affects your present condition, helping you to confront, explore and find healing from your past.

In order to move towards your future, I will enable you to set realistic goals, make informed choices and put together useful strategies to overcome your problems, to take reasonable action, to evaluate and reassess your actions and maintain positive changes in every area of your life.

Therapy is not about recovery but discovery - discovering new ways of thinking, coping, responding and of being.  It is not about controlling your future, but about empowerment.  It is about enabling you to develop the capacity to maintain these changes, to confidently make choices and accept the consequences and in so doing move into your future with a renewed sense of hope and purpose.

If you feel that you are ready to break free from your past and take the steps to a more fulfilled you with the help and support of a qualified psychotherapist, please call me on 07834226025 or email me to book your free 30min consultation.

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