We all know life isn’t all plain sailing and from time to time challenges come along that can knock us off balance. For some, it’s not one single event but a set of circumstances that have troubled them for years, or even their whole life, with no relief and seemingly no escape.
Perhaps the first thing you need to know is that you’re not alone and there is help out there to support you. There’s not always an easy solution and it’s certainly true that life doesn’t offer us any magic wands; we cannot alter the past, but just finding someone open and compassionate and willing to listen can bring hope and the chance to change your future.
I offer weekly sessions of 50 minutes and you can choose whether our work is short or long term.
You may have struggles around one or more of the following issues
- Work-related problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship issues
- Miscarriage, abortion, and stillbirth
- Sex and pornography addiction
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you don’t see your issue listed here, why not give me a call to see if I can help? You don’t have to shoulder these burdens alone – we can work together in the search for a better future.
In our first 50 minute session, I’ll explain how I work so you know what to expect from me, and we can agree on what to do in the event of cancellations, holidays and how we’ll end our work together. I’ll go through my data protection policy and answer any questions you may have. If we’re not able to meet in person, I’ll explain things we’ll both need to do in order to work online, and how we’ll get paperwork passed between us when that’s necessary.
Once we’ve covered these details, we can simply begin.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
The idea behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that how we think affects how we feel and behave. These three aspects of human life are interconnected, so CBT and similar theories such as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, REBT, suggest that changing one will impact all three. Click below to learn how we apply this in counselling.
The brainchild of Sigmund Freud, (1856-1939)1 often called the Father of Psychoanalysis, who learned about the use of hypnosis whilst at the university & General Hospital in Vienna, but later developed the idea of getting patients to lie down and talk without prompting. He analysed what they said, focussing on the unconscious, and “Psychoanalysis” was born.
PERSON CENTRED THERAPY
Psychologist Carl Rogers developed this theory as an alternative to Freudian and Cognitive Behavioural models. Foundational to his ideas was the notion that the client is the expert on themselves, with the therapist seen as an equal. The emphasis was on the relationship that would be built between client and counsellor and the client’s priorities would be what determined the direction of therapy.