COUNSELLING – WHAT IS IT?
This is a “talking therapy” that can help you change the way you feel about yourself, your life, situations or other people. It gives you a safe, dependable time and place to talk about your problems, work out ways to cope with situations, crises, relationships or emotions without fear of being judged.
WHAT CAN IT HELP?
Relationship problems, separation and divorce, bereavement, marriage preparation, anxiety, depression, post-abortion distress, abuse and trauma.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can counselling help me? – Trauma and crisis in life can affect anyone. Sometimes it is difficult to work out what is wrong or make sense of your feelings. Counselling helps bring clarity, enabling you to make good decisions.
We have three counsellors at the clinic –
Joy Thompson Counsellor and Psychological Therapist BSc(hons) Integrative Counselling, Adv. Dip. Personal Centred Counselling, MBACP(Accred), MACC
Joy has been with us since 2012. Joy is a trained nurse and has over twelve years’ experience in counselling. She works with individuals over 16 and couples.
She describes counselling as “a safe and confidential space for you to explore any emotional difficulties or if you are finding it difficult to come to terms with specific changes in your life”. Her clients seek help with a wide range of issues including anxiety, abortion, bereavement and loss, chronic illness, depression, divorce and separation, emotional sexual or physical abuse, low self-esteem or self-confidence, miscarriage, relationship issues, stress and work-related problems.
Yasmin Mumtaz BSc(hons), MBACP. joined us in 2015. She specialises in Mindfulness and CBT(cognitive behavioural therapy) approach, which has become very popular for those struggling to cope with conflicting thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Yasmin says:
“I’m an insured CBT Therapist, registered with the BACP andy work is firmly underpinned by the their ethical framework. I look to support my clients, with their presenting issues by working in collaboration with them. My aim is to empower and support them to move forward, to meet their desired goal in a realistic way, to be a facilitator that offers in a caring non-judgemental environment.
I’m hoping to really help a lot more younger clients who may be students, and so I offer them a reduced fee. Your first visit takes up to an hour and follow-ups are 50 minutes.”
I am a integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families, children, young people and adults up to any age. I trained at St Luke’s Hospice and also volunteered after I qualified. I feel I use my skills to help you explore your difficult times to help you understand your situation. I offer support short term or long term Counselling and Psychotherapy, and work with many different issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and difficulties with relationship issues. I offer support and explore choices which will be positive to change how you think, feel, and react to life. I adapt the session accordingly to each individuals needs as every individual reacts differently to obstacles they may face.
Changing your life may come easily, or there can be some hard work or maybe it will be somewhere in between! I work with both individuals and couples, and families with compassion to help you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
“There are times we all need a bit of extra support and help with life’s difficulties.”
If you feel anxious or low, are you suffering from depression, mild, moderate, to manic depression, feeling confused or overwhelmed with relationship issues, troubles and feelings? you may be struggling with panic attacks and phobias, struggling with self harm related issues. Depending on what you feel your needs might be for example: Life and work stress; relationship difficulties; low mood; bereavement and loss; trauma; anger; anxiety; low self esteem; couples work; personal growth… are some of the areas which you may bring to therapy, please ask if you are uncertain about whether we will be able to work together with your issue.