Counselling is sometimes called ‘talking therapy’ where you talk through your thoughts and feelings.  It's a process to seek when you are distressed or anxious and know that you just don't feel 'right' and would like some help to deal with what's going on for you.

 

Therapy sessions are confidential and a place for you to take everything at your own pace.  It's a place where you can safely open up and share your innermost thoughts, worries and concerns with me. I am there by your side to listen without judgement and together, we work to find ways that give you back that balance, to be yourself and live your best life.

Therapy may be be short, medium or long term and can be life changing and self-empowering, bringing about changes and an understanding of yourself and others, which can really enhance your life. Giving yourself time to explore this fully, can be beneficial to you achieving what you want and need, so that everything feels 'right' with you again.

I'm an integrated and person centred therapist, working with a number of models, therapies, styles and techniques to suit your individual needs and requirements. Below is a brief explanation of what some of these are and how they can help during therapy:

  • Psychodynamic - To bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them.

  • Gestalt - Gestalt therapy is a here and now type of approach that focus's on a person's current experience and the therapeutic relationship as well as the environmental and social contexts of a person's life

  • Person Centred - This style is based on the belief that each person has within them the skill to heal in their own way and so allows the person to lead therapy.

  • Transactional Analysis - If you are struggling with how other people in your life are making you feel then therapy around relationships and your functioning in them can help you make necessary changes 

  • CBT - Based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a cycle that doesn't serve you.

  • Mindfulness - Is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment and being aware of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.

  • NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) - We form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us. Understanding and changing these can influence positive change.

  • Hypnotherapy -  There any many myths about hypnotherapy, but it's a normal state of mind. It's relaxing and rewarding,  achieves great results and works by accessing your subconscious mind to make positive suggestions. This is achieved by getting into a deeply relaxed state using relaxation techniques. A deepening visualisation takes you even deeper into relaxation. When you’re in a deeply relaxed state, your subconscious is more responsive to suggestions than if you were in a fully conscious state. The suggestion words used in hypnotherapy channels directly to the subconscious, where it effortlessly modifies behaviours or beliefs to produces a positive effect or action. After the suggestion work is complete you are gently brought back into full consciousness.  Throughout this process you remain fully in control and can wake up at any time. It's a natural state of mind and is not harmful.