What is counselling?
Counselling provides you with a confidential space within which to talk about issues that are troubling you so that you can explore your thoughts and feelings about them. This can offer you the opportunity to reflect on the past to gain an understanding of your current situation, so that together, we can find new solutions or more helpful coping strategies to help you reach your goals.
I can help with
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-esteem
- Panic and panic attacks
- Phobias (such as fear of driving or flying)
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Relationship issues
- Bereavement and loss
- Chronic pain
- Issues relating to being a carer
- Personal development and growth
The approaches I draw upon
I work integratively, which means that I draw upon a range of psychological approaches to help you in achieving your goals. Through collaboration, we will agree together on which approaches to follow. Below are some of the psychological approaches I may draw on during our work together:
This is a relational approach that addresses the unconscious content of your psyche. The therapeutic relationship is important, and by helping you to become more aware and bring unconscious feelings into your consciousness, the aim is to alleviate psychological tension.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The central idea of CBT is that our thoughts influence our emotional, behavioural and physical responses. CBT aims to help you manage overwhelming problems by changing the way you think and behave in order to improve your mood. Sessions are structured, usually involving some psychoeducation, development of coping techniques, as well as completing in-between session tasks.
This is a client-centred approach that focuses on the way in which you perceive yourself consciously rather than how the counselling psychologist interprets your thoughts and ideas. Through being genuine and non-judgemental, the counselling psychologist works to understand your individual experience from your point of view, and strives to communicate this understanding through empathy.