Counselling in Northamptonshire
The word counselling is used in so many settings, by family and friends, the doctor’s surgery, hospitals, schools and through television and media. Unfortunately, many believe it is a sign of weakness to seek help; but it is actually the opposite. To ask for help, is the first step of recognition that you are finding life difficult or you are troubled in some way.
During the pandemic, as a mental health practitioner, I am able to conduct face to face counselling consultations – of course with the necessary PPE and precautions. However, remote consultations are possible over the phone, email or video call, so please ask about this if it makes you feel more comfortable.
Even though the word counselling stems from the word counsel which means advice, used in a therapeutic way it means ‘to listen and to form a unique bond between the client and counsellor’.
At some point in our lives there is a life event or events that can cause us worry and pain and the majority of the time we find a coping mechanism to help us through those dark times.
Unfortunately, there are times when our emotions, fears and worries become too powerful and overwhelming and we need to seek help.
Family and friends can help and listen, but it can sometimes be difficult to open up in fear of what they may think or whether they would be hurt by what we had to say. Therefore, we look for that person to listen to us in confidence, be open, non-judgemental or bias. This becomes a relationship of absolute trust.
‘We think we listen,
but we rarely do listen with real understanding, true empathy.
Yet listening, of this very special kind,
is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.’
Counselling provides an excellent coping infrastructure for those experiencing loss, bereavement, physical illness, relationship problems, marital difficulties, low self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, addictions and bullying. It can be the support needed before these issues turn into anxiety or a mental health illness. Counselling will not only help to alleviate symptoms of mental illness; it also can help as a preventative measure so that mental illness does not become established.
Counselling is arranged around the needs of the client. Initially it is likely to take place weekly and usually on the same day of the week at the same time. Sessions usually last for between 50 and 60 minutes. In some cases, longer sessions may be arranged. Once the sessions have started the counsellor will review your progress and discuss with the you the need to increase or decrease the sessions.
To further discuss your therapy needs in detail please head to my Contact Page to get in touch.
What Are You Feeling?
- Unable to relax
- Out of control
- Eating too much or too little
- Drinking too much
- Misusing drugs (both prescribed and non-prescribed)
- Not feeling happy about self or life
- Unable to be with people or make friends
- Sense of panic about specific situations
Issues We Can Address:
- Relationship difficulties
- Loss and bereavement
- Panic attacks
- Sexual identity problems
- Problems at work
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress
- Sexual problems
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Family problems
- Parenting, adolescents, bullying
- Anger management
- Career crisis
- Mid-life problems
Counselling helps with a variety of problems that we encounter in our daily lives and different people may benefit from counselling for very different reasons. It is sometimes assumed that the only people that benefit from counselling are the mentally ill. Nothing could be further from the truth.