Counselling Service

If you are in self-isolation and face to face sessions are not permitted,

I am available for video calls via my Psychology Today video page.

Please email or phone me on 0117 450 2948

What is Counselling?

 

Counselling is form of talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling may help with the following?

  • a mental health condition, such as anxiety disorder, depression, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder

  • an upsetting physical health condition or illness that is causing or is affected by mental illness

  • a difficult life event, such as a relationship breakdown or work-related stress

  • difficult emotions – for example, negativity, a lack of resilience, low self-esteem or anger

  • other issues that have been identified by a GP or other specialist.

 

At your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about triggers, problems, feelings, emotions and behaviour. The therapist will listen, guide and support you without judging or criticising.

Active listening, clear discussion and empathy is the key. The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do.

 

Counselling can take place:

  • face to face

  • in a group

  • over the phone

  • by email

  • online through video conference service.

 

You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years. It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist. the important part for the client is a want to change, pro-activity and a positive mindset.

Types of therapy

These include Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy, EMDR and a host of other types of therapy. I would say that a skilled and knowledgeable therapist will use some of a number of therapies. CBT is proven to work and is a psychological treatment that was developed through scientific research. That is, all of the components of CBT have been tested by researchers to determine whether they are effective and that they do what they are intended to do. CBT is based on the idea that how you think (cognitive)

and feel (emotions) will affect the way you behave. 

 

Research has shown that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for the management of depression, anxiety and disorders. CBT can help in many different situations and for controlling and managing mental illness's.

The good news is that although it is best that you start sessions with someone who is qualified, you can go on and apply CBT principles at home to manage your own mental health.

My sessions information

I like to have a no obligation phone chat with the potential client to briefly discussed the problems, the illness, and whether we can work together. 

If it decided we can we will book a 1st session at a convenient time and the charge for this session is £25.

If we decided that further sessions are required then we will have 4 sessions at a time, with a progress review at the end of the 5th session. 

I charge £50 per session but there is a discount if 4 sessions are block booked. I see clients from across Bristol in a convenient, comfortable venue. I also have clients from across the UK who will have sessions with me via video call. 

I put a lot of work into my client sessions, before, during and after, so I believe that my prices are very reasonable.

For more details please click here. 

Or phone me on  0117 450 2948

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