- For Individuals and Couples
- Integrative / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Adults
- Integrative Child Psychotherapy for Ages 5-17
- Supervision for Counsellors
Counselling for Individuals and Couples
Counselling is a type of talking therapy which offers a safe space for a person to a talk about issues, feelings or memories which they may be finding difficult to cope with and they might find benefit from choosing to talk to a trained individual, in a safe, confidential environment.
A counsellor will aim to help a person explore what is on their mind, at their own rate and with respect. They may endeavour to help a person understand and manage their feelings, or help them understand their thought patterns and behaviours better, without offering advice or judgement. The process may also involve the offering of a different point of view, exploring coping skills and solutions, facilitate decision making or action planning, and normally involves the enabling of choice.
The counsellor’s main job is to listen with compassion and acceptance, as they know that human beings are all vulnerable to emotional discomfort sometimes in their lives. Causes of this discomfort may be obvious, for instance a bereavement or relationship breakdown, or they may be less obvious and a person may have a sense of gnawing dissatisfaction with their life. It is also possible that a person may be finding it just too difficult to cope with what they’ve got on their plate, or maybe they are carrying difficult memories from the past.
Seeking counselling does not require any one set of criteria and it is never the weak thing to do, in fact it is the strong, resilient thing to do. Counselling can help with our mental health and emotional resilience in many ways, some examples are: increasing our self-esteem; raising our awareness of our boundaries; understanding our emotions; helping us cope with change; making decision easier; helping us identify and reach our life goals, helping us cope with work related stress, understanding unhelpful behaviours, helping us understand others; helping us cope or overcome loss; helping us accept ourselves and whatever history we have experienced.
Counselling can be short term or long term and usually involves a weekly meeting session of around 50 minutes, though this is not set in stone, and varies from counsellor to counsellor.
Counselling Can Help With A Range Of Concerns Such As:-
- Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional
- Anger Management
- Autism and Aspergers
- Chronic Fatigue – ME
- Eating Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Self Esteem
- Self Harm
- Separation and Divorce
- Work Related Issues
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Child Psychotherapy for Ages 5-17
Psychotherapy is commonly known as a ‘talking therapy’ where individuals seek a professional person to discuss whatever is on their mind, hoping to gain insight and understanding of the self, which relieves undesirable symptoms and effects change. How, then, does psychotherapy work with children who first, do not seek a psychotherapy service for themselves and may or may not agree there is a difficulty, and second have limited capacity to ‘talk’ about what may be going on for them?
Child psychotherapy services are usually sought when the adults in the child’s life notice behaviours that are concerning, undesirable, unhelpful or even harmful to self or others. Child psychotherapy sees these behaviours as communication and seeks to make meaning with the child and adults about what might be going on for them in their internal world. Child psychotherapy recognises that words and talking is not the natural language of children, or indeed adolescents who may find dialogue difficult, and instead uses different media of art, play and storytelling to explore the emotional and psychological world and pthe ossibility for change.
Child psychotherapists may also incorporate latest developments in neuroscience. Recent decades have seen huge advances in our understanding of how the brain and its chemistry develop and affect our behaviour. Psychotherapy has a tradition of being interested in the early years/childhood; we now know that 90% of the growth of the human brain occurs in the first 5 years of life and how it becomes wired-up during these years is very much influenced by environmental and relational experiences (Sunderland, 2006). Child psychotherapy aims to provide the child individually, and help the adults around the child to provide the child, the types of experiences that promote brain development in a positive, socially and emotionally intelligent way.
Child psychotherapy recognises that the child is not a child in isolation and is part of several ‘systems’ in which they are required to fit in, be it families, friendships groups, clubs, schools, society. It is often where the child or young person is struggling in one or more of these systems that difficulties and worries about the child/young person arise. Child psychotherapists will work to manage the therapeutic need for confidentiality around sessions and the need to involve others in aspects of the works.
Child psychotherapists have usually trained for a number of years to carry out this type of work and will have engaged in their own personal therapy. They are also required to have regular supervision and be committed to their own professional development. Therapists will adhere to a code of ethics. They will recognise limits of their own competence and where necessary refer on to appropriate services. Child therapists will also have responsibility for safeguarding children and young people as their main priority.
Child Psychotherapy for Ages 5-17 is available with Mandy R.
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Supervision for Therapists
Professional clinical supervision is a necessary part of counsellor’s practice to explore their clinical work and development. This can also be beneficial for professionals and improve their working relationships and performance.
Supervision for Therapists is available with Angela.
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