WHAT IS COUNSELLING?

Counselling is a therapeutic way to talk through and express our thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential space. This process is done with somebody who is not connected to you and who is qualified to work with the things you choose to bring. It is a space set aside just for you, where you can speak honestly without fear of being judged. Counselling can take on different forms, sometimes it’s not just about talking. I often work with different exercises depending on what clients bring, these range from creative exercises to more logical CBT based practices. Ultimately, the sessions are guided by the client, not by the counsellor, allowing you to choose what you want to gain from therapy to make the most of the experience.

What does integrative counselling mean?

In the most simplest of terms, integrative counselling brings several forms of therapy together. This means that rather than one set approach, I bring together several therapy modalities including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), person-centered therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

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what can counselling can help with?

Counselling can help with a range of issues including:

  • Stress and worry

  • Anxiety (including panic attacks, social anxiety and OCD)

  • Depression

  • Bereavement

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Identity issues

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Relationship issues

  • Life changes (i.e. job loss, divorce)

  • Emotional difficulties such as anger, sadness, jealousy, etc.

how can counselling help?

Research has found that talking therapy can have a multitude of benefits including:

  • Seeing your thoughts/situations from a different perspective

  • Learning new coping mechanisms

  • Confronting deeply held feelings and memories

  • Understanding yourself better

  • Regaining your identity

  • Seeing a way forward

  • Feeling more empowered

  • Being able to feel joy again

  • Not feeling alone with your problems