Counselling & Psychotherapy
Why consulting at Change Counselling & Psychotherapy?
You are welcome to contact me if you are experiencing any individual, identity, school, professional, family or couple difficulty you cannot manage on your own any more and that is due to any of the following circumstances.
Whoever you are, you fully deserve the support you need. Sharing the story of your distress will help you make some positive changes because of the cathartic and healing power of having your testimony witnessed, held and acknowledged by another.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ are often used interchangeably but counselling is generally more focused and shorter, typically 6-12 weeks, whilst psychotherapy is more in-depth and longer term. Both are about changing through talking, where the therapist acts as a catalyst to bring this change about.
However long the path, your therapeutic journey starts with you feeling unwell or left with unresolved questions and seeking some answers and improvements. Choosing a therapist and booking your first appointment is a major step towards your wellbeing.
I always start with an initial consultation where we review your reasons, concerns and hopes to see what is relevant for you at this time. We would then arrange further sessions if we decide to continue. Most commonly these are weekly, but what matters most to me is to support your empowerment by processing at your own pace and respecting your constraints. Also, a weekly consultation is not always the most clinically relevant; sometimes you will need some more, depending on your circumstances.
Most important in my view is to find some continuity and regularity in our work, and I know by experience that people do intimately feel what their needs are. Therapy is not about forcing things but rather about revealing and trusting the self-healing and self-awareness mechanisms we all have inside us.
I try and adapt to each person’s needs and circumstances. In that respect and when I feel it is adapted, I include creative means such as playing, drawing and writing, as well as body work including relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery and breathing techniques.
Although starting therapy always triggers some sort of anxiety, it is often full of hopes and anticipation. Ending, in contrast, revives our feelings relating to separation, loss, grief and guilt. And in-between sessions, and far beyond therapy itself, what you can get from this journey is the key to a mindful and soulful hence a freer life.
Who can consult at Change Counselling & Psychotherapy?
I offer therapy for adults, young people, couples and families