If you are unhappy with things in your life at the moment, then Counselling and Psychotherapy can help
Whatever it is you are going through, counselling and psychotherapy offers you a space to safely;
...explore your thoughts and feelings
...understand your reactions to situations
...learn new ways to cope with difficulties
Counselling is a talking therapy that allows people to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment. Generally, counselling is a process that people look to engage in when they either want to, change something within their lives, explore their thoughts and feelings in greater depth, or to work through specific problems or issues that are causing distress.
Counselling can help with most life issues, such as:
- Addiction(s).A counsellor is not someone to offer advice or provide solutions to any difficulties that you may be experiencing. Instead they will encourage you to talk about your issues so that you can feel heard, understood and accepted. They will work with you, helping you to gain your own insight and understanding of your problems, whilst supporting you in finding the solutions that will help you to resolve the issues impacting your life.Whatever has lead you to consider counselling, the idea of contacting a counsellor can be daunting, or even scary, as you may not know what to expect, and it is common to feel nervous about taking the next step. Whilst you may find it difficult to initially discuss the issues causing you distress, please know that within a counselling environment there is no judgement, no right or wrong, and that this is a space for you to safely explore the issues affecting your life and your happiness.
Please do feel free to call or email me if you would like to discuss any questions or concerns that you have about counselling.
Counselling for Children and Young People
Children and young people face many challenges in the modern World, such as the pressures of school, difficult life experiences, issues with friendships and social media, to name but a few. As a result they can often be struggling with understanding how they feel and can find it very difficult to talk openly with people that they know. In my experience, children and young people find having a therapeutic space separate from family, friends, and teachers incredibly helpful, within which they are able to start to identify and better understand, their own thoughts and feelings.
Some of the presenting issues that may be an indication that your child is struggling and needs some extra support from a counsellor or psychotherapist;
- Frequent outbursts of anger
- Being bullied by others
- Behaving in bullying ways towards others
- Anxiety in social situations
- Reluctance or inability to sleep
- Reluctance to attend school
- A significant life transition or traumatic event
- A significant loss
Sometimes children just need a space to talk through their circumstances, and sometimes they need to learn better skills to cope with them. The aim when working with children is always to make therapy feel comfortable, fun and interesting, often communicating and learning through play.
Whilst confidentiality applies to clients in this age group, parental consultation is important, and sessions allow time for a check-in with parents.
Teenagers face a growing and unique set of challenges, whilst in the midst of transitioning from child to adult; one of life's notoriously difficult phases. It's always been a complicated time of life, with increased independence and freedom comes difficult and important choices around careers, exams, and lifestyle choices to name just a few. But today, this is all compounded by social media, by the pressures of the world to be funny, clever, good looking, perfect.
Often teenagers don't have anyone they feel they can trust to talk to about all of these difficult subjects. They often don't want to tell friends that they are struggling, and they don't want to worry parents and family. So they struggle alone, becoming withdrawn and unhappy.
Therapy provides an important space for teenagers to talk openly and honestly without fear of judgement from peers, or of causing worry and concern to family.
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