.Counselling for Individuals

“My therapist helped me see that how I thought about myself was having a negative effect on my feelings and my relationships. I feel lighter and more hopeful about the future. Some of the pain’s still there, but it doesn’t frighten me or stop me enjoying my life.”

 Life can get us down. We can feel distressed, traumatised or lost. We may be finding it difficult to cope with changes, like bereavement, divorce or unemployment. Or we may find ourselves struggling with relationships or problems at work. Sometimes, we may not be able to pinpoint the reasons for our feelings of anger, sadness or fear. We just know they’re affecting our mental health and well-being.

What is therapy?

Therapy provides the safe place where you can talk in complete confidence about whatever is distressing you – feelings, emotions, your actions and your relationships. Through a warm and trusting relationship with your therapist, you can express yourself freely without being judged. Your therapist will take the time to understand how things are for you, respecting your views and your choices. They won’t give you advice, but they will help you to explore and understand your feelings - and work out what is right for you. 

Sometimes talking about painful issues can make you feel worse. But as you work through your problems, you will find ways to cope and feel better.

Counselling can help you:

  •  Cope with a bereavement 
  •  Deal relationship breakdown
  •  Cope with redundancy or work-related stress
  • Explore issues such as sexual identity
  • Deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions
  • Deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and help you develop a more positive outlook on life
  • Deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things 
  • Understand yourself and your problems better
  • Feel more confident
  • Develop a better understanding of other people's points of view

 

How long does it take?

Therapy takes time, usually once a week for a 50-minute session over a number of weeks depending on what is right to you. To make the very best use of the therapy, it’s important that you commit yourself to it and give yourself the time you need to heal. However, we appreciate that therapy doesn’t work for everyone and sometimes people struggle to stick with it.

 About our therapists

All our therapists have undergone professional training, including personal therapy, and are regularly supervised. They work ethically within the guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.