What is Counselling?
Counselling is a place where you can freely open up to someone who is impartial and non judgemental.
This enables you to discover your strengths and identify what is restricting your growth as a person.
A counsellor needs to be an excellent communicator who can also demonstrate outstanding problem solving skills. I create a space where life choices, feelings and emotions can be viewed with complete clarity.
Is counselling the same as psychotherapy?
They are interchangeable, psychotherapy is seen to be able to work on a broader range of issues, being able to do long term work, with counselling it is often recognised for short term work.
In 2014 I completed two years of training with the NCHP The National College of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and I have always continued to expand and invest my knowledge by ongoing attendance of professional workshops, events and courses please see my home page for further information, I am therefore able to offer sessions which are completely and exclusively tailored for you as an individual and also in relationship therapy.
The BACP definition states
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing”
I utilise a combination of different theories enabling me to provide therapy that is unique, designed specifically around your individual needs. This facilitates long term, sustainable change. A lack of connection to others impacts greatly on our mental health, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Therapy offers the opportunity to re-connect in a safe, comfortable environment.
Working with a deep empathy, building a real understanding of your world, allows me to connect with you as a person or as a couple. This rapport enables you to experience being heard, and just as importantly, understood.
On these foundations the therapeutic process is built. I will help you find a path from a place of dis-empowerment to one of empowerment.
I can deliver this in different ways:
Face to Face: Probably the most familiar and better known form of counselling. I provide a therapy room which has the environment needed to feel comfortable, confidential and safe either at my practise in Stretton or Lymm both in Cheshire.
Telephone: This form of therapy is free from the constraints of a face to face and therefore making it more easily accessible if you are not local to the area but feel that I would be a suitable therapist for you to work with. Maybe your preference is to be in your own home this can be due to a number of factors examples I have been given are health anxieties or physical ability, also some clients who prefer telephone counselling have said they are more focused on the voice and therefore feel a deeper connection. Making an appointment can also be quicker due to the flexibility of a phone call this can also be an addition to face to face therapy for extra support if required.
Skype: The main benefit of Skype is that you can do this virtually from where ever your locations happens to be having the comfort of where you are but still be able to physically see me.