Psychotherapy & Counselling in Wiltshire
Based in the delightful village of Avebury in Wiltshire I can support you during face to face 121 sessions, couples counselling and / or via phone or Skype, at times to suit your commitments.
The reason why couples counselling can help is that the Counsellor acts as an independent, impartial observer of the situation.
As the Counsellor listens to both individuals point of view this ensures each person actively listens to the other and improves calm communication.
I use a Solution Focused approach, which, once the past issues have been discussed, looks at the changes that need to happen in the relationship dynamic to create a happier preferred future.
When we lose a loved one a huge change occurs in our life that we do not want to happen, so we experience negative change or loss on a scale that we never thought possible.
The feelings that are released in us can cause extreme anxiety, panic and anger resulting in our loss of ability to think clearly or function normally. It can be difficult to share these feelings with close friends, or other family members, as we are also trying to stay strong for them knowing that they may also be grieving, or may not know what to say to us.
Counselling helps unlock this emotional “stalemate position” in a safe and controlled way, and allows people to restore a different normality in their life once again.
Adoption – Attachment Focused Therapy
In 2013, as part of my ongoing development, I undertook some further training to help clients and families who have issues surrounding adoption. I am currently one of the few Psychotherapists in Wiltshire trained in this area. I currently work with LINK/Barnardos helping couples who are about to adopt children. Likewise, I work with clients who have been adopted or seeking to re-unite with their birth parents.
Mindfulness based CBT
In a “nutshell”, Mindfulness teaches us how to bring our “logical mind” into the present moment by focusing on our breathing and the sensations in the body.
Once the logical mind is in the present moment our negative past and future thoughts, which keep us stressed, have much less impact on us.
Sometimes, perhaps for the first time in their life, people truly experience what it is like to feel totally calm, peaceful, happy and joyful.
Once experienced and practiced this therapy can provide a very useful tool to help manage stress, anxiety or depression.
How many sessions would I need?
This depends on many factors and the how far back the presenting issues extend. Most people begin to find some relief and positive change within the first 4 sessions of meeting on a weekly basis. By the end of the first session we would be in a position to decide how many sessions would be required in order to complete the work safely and effectively.
For issues of childhood or sexual abuse I would use a more psychodynamic approach, which would be upwards of 12 sessions.
For the majority of clients presenting with Life Events, Couples Counselling, Anxiety and Bereavement it would normally be between 6 – 12 sessions.
Ultimately; counselling cannot immediately change someone’s situation, but it can help to change the way we think about it and therefore reduce anxiety. Once we get into a calm space we can explore choices that help us become happier.
If you would like any further information or to clarify whether this is something you wish to try please give me a call on 07836 355 900 / 01672 539471, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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