What is counselling?
Counselling gives you the space to talk about the issues you are facing in every area of your life including relationships, family, work and friends. It also gives you a place to come to terms with life changes, whether it’s a life crisis or a gradual change like ageing. For many people, a counsellor is someone who can hear and witness the challenges and upsets of their life without judging – a safe space to feel things that you normally put aside and to share things that are normally not heard.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is another term used to describe counselling. Some people use ‘psychotherapy’ to describe deeper work to explore the impact of childhood experiences and our early life on the problems we face today. For me they are part of the same activity. Each client approaches counselling from a different angle and so I aim to fit my experience of working both in the here and now and with early life experience to the needs of my client.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT is often helpful for anxiety and depression. It is based on the belief that our emotions are caused by our thoughts and that by challenging negative thoughts we can help to stop negative feelings from taking hold and spiralling out of control. Many GPs are now suggesting CBT to help their patients cope with anxiety and depression because there is a strong body of evidence to show that it works.
Trauma and PTSD
Many people have experienced a trauma or a series of traumatic events in their childhood including physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Other traumatic experiences may include bullying, violent or unhealthy relationships or near-death experiences. One off events like car accidents or muggings can also cause a trauma or post traumatic stress (PTSD) response, where we remain frozen and anxious and jumpy. Common symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, and feeling intense fear in response to everyday events that would normally not pose a threat. For more information on how I can help with trauma and PTSD see EMDR.
Everything discussed in the session is confidential. The counsellor will not pass on any information about you unless they believe you are likely to harm yourself or another person.