Counselling aims to create an environment where you feel safe and comfortable enough to explore your own feelings without judgment, to understand yourself at a deeper level and learn to hear and trust your inner-voice. As you increase understanding of your choices, it increases your sense of self-worth and meaning, enabling you to move forward in your life.
Counselling is based on the idea that at our core we seek to develop in healthy ways, but events and relationships through life can block or distort this development, particularly relating to our sense of worth and inner-values. Counselling helps people face each moment openly and authentically without bringing judgements, or expectations beforehand. This enables you to better understand the fears and hurts that are causing difficulty and recognise specific triggers that may be causing disruptive patterns of behaviour. This awareness enables people to start setting goals and practising new behaviours that will enable them to move beyond their difficulties and make positive choices for change.
Counselling often uses different elements from specific therapies. Each person is considered holistically with counselling techniques tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. Counsellors may use interventions from a variety of schools of thought that complement a relational, person-centred approach to therapy.
Counselling can be beneficial for those who want to overcome negative patterns of behaviour and mental health issues impacting life satisfaction, such as low mood, fear, relationship issues, work stress, trauma and bereavement. We also offer counselling for physical symptoms that are described as ‘medically unexplained’ or ‘persistent’. This means that despite seeking a medical opinion or explanation for these symptoms, doctors have not been able to determine a cause or make a diagnosis of any illness or disease. Yet these symptoms are very real, may be disabling, painful or embarrassing, are currently out of your control and may benefit from treatment. Sometimes these changes can happen because we have had experiences in our lives that have resulted in trauma. For other people, there may be no obvious reason why the symptoms have developed. Together we can look at what’s happening in your body and explore why, as well as help you to manage and process associated emotions..
Our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which has more information about what it is like to have counselling here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/information-about-counselling/
We are pleased to offer counselling that is affordable, with our qualified counsellors ranging from £45 - £70 per session.
Counselling is offered by Laurence Keith, Lynn Findlay and Aimee Morgan-Boon who you can find out more about via our meet the team page.