Do you want to know if we can help you? It’s a great question.
People’s problems come in all shapes and sizes, and if I were going for counselling, I would want to know that I was going to the right place.
Our team of therapists specialise in helping adults, so anyone over the age of 18 years old. We don’t see children because therapists need to undergo different training. If you’re looking for help for your son or daughter and they’re still at school, then we won’t be able to help. I recommend you look for an Educational Psychologist or CBT Therapist who specialises in working with children and young people.
Over the many years that WE’VE been working as professional psychotherapists, we’ve specialised in many common areas, including:
- Anxiety includes OCD, Panic, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety & Social Phobia.
- Depression, whether it is a recent onset or it’s been happening for many years.
- Work-related Stress & Burnout
- Self-Esteem and Confidence
- Trauma from childhood or through more recent incidents
- Grief including bereavement
- Living with long-term health conditions
- Shame and self-critical tendencies
- Relationships, including Couples Counselling
- Interpersonal problems, including assertiveness training and anger management
I know that sounds like quite a few specialisms, and you’re right. There may be instances where we would say we can’t help. For example, if you need help from multiple mental health professionals, including Crisis Teams.
How can we be good at all of these problems?
Our team of counsellors and psychologists has helped thousands of people. It’s how we’ve developed the experience and skills to help with many problems.
It’s common for people to struggle with more than one problem, so we need to be good at more than one thing. The benefit is that you don’t need to change counsellors to deal with a different type of problem.
We’ve built the skills to help you with these problems because we needed to and are interested in the human condition. We’ve studied, and we’ve practised – a lot! An outstanding brain surgeon will operate not just on your brain but on your spinal cord and your entire central nervous system. They need to because these parts are connected.
Our training and experience allow us to deliver exceptional therapy. People’s problems overlap, and they interconnect. Over 80% of people need help with more than one difficulty, which is why we are ready to teach you the relevant skills you’ll need.
Does that make us a ‘jack of all trades and a master of none?
If we dabbled in doing a bit of counselling for this and a bit for that, then you’d be right to be cautious. The fact is that we’ve undergone significant training to a post-graduate level. We’ve got degrees and additional professional qualifications too. Our in-depth training is one of our strengths, which means we can offer high-quality therapy for a broader range of problems.
Many basic counselling courses only teach you how to listen and ask questions. While you might find those counsellors quite supportive and understanding, they probably won’t have the skills to teach you the coping strategies you need to move forward.
The Three Essential Components of Change
People overcome challenges when a therapist gives them three things:
To make a positive change, you need to know about your problem. We’ll teach you about it, get you interested so you can understand it. You need to know what skills will help you to start practising them. Therapy sessions focus on teaching you at least one new skill every time we meet. Skills that focus on your attention, thoughts, emotions, physiology and behaviour will get you to the top of your mountain.
We’ll help you reach the summit – nobody achieves great things on their own. People build resilience together, not on their own. Friends and family can play an important role. They can offer support, but they probably don’t have the knowledge or skills to teach you.
We cover all three of those bases – knowledge, skills and support.
Will I get rid of this problem once and forever?
I wish we could read the future, but we can’t. The knowledge and skills we teach you will last for a lifetime. What you learn over the next few months will help now and in years to come. You’ll learn much more than many of your friends and family that you’ll begin to notice how they get stuck too.
There are no guarantees that you will never again feel anxious, depressed or stressed. The chances are that you will. You will feel the pain of loss because people come in and out of your life. You may develop health problems. The future is unknown, except that it will one day end. That may sound gloomy, but it is a simple truth.
It’s a powerful truth, one that can motivate us. As far as we know, no other animal species is aware that one day it will die. Humans know it, and it can be a powerful motivator. It can drive you to make every day count and not waste it on worry.
Mark Twain said, “I’ve had many worries in my life, most of which never happened”.
Therapy can be your game-changer. It can change your life, and we’ll help you do that. We’ll help you tackle the problem, and we’ll help you build the life you want. If you wish to work, play, love, or feel better about yourself, then we’ll support you through that process.