Counselling Therapy - from £20 per hour
Life in our fast moving society can be difficult at times. Most people experience problems at some time in their life: many experience regular, recurring difficulties. If you are asking yourself, "Why does this always seem to be happening to me", then maybe counselling therapy will be able to help?
Our therapists range in their experience from students in their final year of practice to psychotherapy practitioners with substantial experience. Therefore, we can offer a scale of charges to suit all financial circumstances ranging from £25 per hour up to £40 per hour. Please contact us on 07722 423860 to discuss.
Therapists at The Counsel House will build a relationship with you that enables you to develop strategies for coping with your difficulties. They will not, nor cannot, fix you! But they are very professional, ethical and experienced and will work hard to facilitate the changes that you want to make
What is Counselling and Psychotherapy ?
Counselling and psychotherapy are ways of understanding the human mind and its reactions to life events. It is about providing a safe environment in which to explore and understand difficult feelings, confusion and anxiety. It may often be necessary to look beyond the presenting problems to underlying causes enabling the resolution of longstanding as well as immediate difficulties.
Experiencing the therapist as accepting and containing allows the individual to explore these often painful issues and to make positive changes.
Counselling can range from one session onwards and can be time limited - i.e. a certain number of sessions can be agreed at the start and a certain issue can be the focus of the work . It can also be open-ended, which means it can go on without any set time limits but with reviews at certain points during the counselling. This will be discussed at the assessment session.
Psychotherapy tends to be longer term enabling a greater awareness of personality traits and patterns thus allowing the working through and resolution of deeper seated difficulties.
What Can Counselling and Psychotherapy Help With ?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with a range of emotional issues including;
Relationship difficulties, either individually, as a couple or both
If you are struggling with a relationship in whatever form, whether it be with a partner, parent, sibling etc therapy can help to explore and understand how dysfunctional patterns of relating are brought from the past into current relationships. By understanding these processes, how they originated and how they are maintained, change is possible.
A separation or divorce can be a traumatic and emotional experience. Sometimes confusing and overwhelming feelings need to be understood and worked through.
Seeing a psychosexual therapist can help in identifying underlying difficulties which are manifesting themselves in sexual dysfunction or lack of interest in sex either as a couple or individually.
Loss & Bereavement - however long ago
If a loss has not been grieved appropriately feelings of anger and depression may manifest themselves in other areas, including physical symptoms, sometimes years later. This is not only about bereavements but can be any loss ie, divorce, separation, miscarriage, abortion, job loss, retirement, loss of health, loss of a relationship etc. Any unexpressed feelings associated with early losses need to be explored and understood to enable their working through and resolution - allowing effective coping and resolution of current and future losses.
Feelings of not coping
Overwhelming feelings of not coping with a life event or with life generally can feel hopeless. By understanding the origins of these reactions and feelings and exploring what it all means to the individual, can enable a new perspective and a sense of empowerment, control and freedom leading to change.
Anxiety, fear and panic including panic attacks
Anxiety, fear and panic can be debilitating affecting every area of life leaving the sufferer feeling powerless and out of control. By exploring the early origins of the fear, anxiety and panic, and understanding the processes involved in maintaining these feelings, the power motivating the feelings and the need to continue can be reduced.
Low self esteem, lack of confidence, feelings of inadequacy
Feeling as though you are not good enough, or that you don't have the confidence to live life more fully doing the things you want to do, can feel restricting, frustrating and leave the sufferer feeling out of control and powerless. By exploring how you see yourself in relation to others and the world and understanding how and why you have found yourself in this repeating role, can feel enlightening and empowering. Working with someone who values and repects you can enable a new perspective and a new role in life.
Depression, low mood, intense sadness & grief including post-natal depression
Depression can be understood as unexpressed anger. It can feel hopeless and desparate with all purpose in life gone. By exploring and understanding early experiences and relationships, previously unexpressed feelings can be expressed appropriately in the here and now and worked through enabling a greater sense of self awareness, purpose and fulfillment.
Post-natal depression following the birth of a baby can feel desparate and symptoms can include low mood and tearfulness, severe anxiety (sometimes around safety of baby and/or self, and fear of own health), paranoia, fear, panic. These feelings can emerge up to several months after the birth.
Loss of health or a diagnosis, however insignificant it may feel, needs to be worked through and its meaning to that individual understood enabling acceptance, as in all losses, otherwise unexpressed feelings can manifest themselves in other areas including anxiety, fear, panic and depression.
Eating disorders/problems with eating
Problems with controlling food intake (anorexia), compulsive eating and bingeing and vomiting (bulimia) need to be understood in the context of the individual's early life experiences. Understanding the purpose these behaviours served early on and continue to serve enables the individual to express the underlying feelings and work through them.
Child and adolescent behaviour/emotional difficulties
Behaviour problems in children are the symptom of underlying difficulties either as a reaction to a life event or ongoing family difficulties. A child psychotherapist is trained to access those feelings which cannot be expressed verbally, through play, drawing and games, bringing a sense of relief to the child thus reducing the need to 'act them out'.
All families experience difficulties from time to time. Sometimes it may be necessary to explore together with a family therapist the underlying difficulities causing an imbalance in the family dynamics and perhaps learn new ways of relating to each other.
About the therapists
We are a group of experienced and professional counsellors and psychotherapists offering a range of models for a wide range of issues and varying fees.
All practitioners at The Counsel House are members of either BACP or UKCP and are either accredited by these organisations, or are working towards
We see individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents and groups and many of our therapists offer low cost places for those on reduced incomes.
We are all qualified, independent practitioners and registered with at least one of the large national therapy organisations. Each therapist is bound by their professional body's Code of Ethics and subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure.
The assessment session
Each prospective client will be offered an assessment session. This is a space for you to meet your therapist and discuss the issues troubling you. It will last for an hour and gives you the opportunity to see how therapy could work for you and allows your therapist to gain a picture of some of the issues. You can then think about whether you wish to continue. If you decide to continue, each session following the assessment will last for 50 minutes and will usually be on the same day and time each week unless you need it to be flexible.