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What sort of therapy might be best for you?

There's lots of options for you.

If you know things aren’t right and you know you need help that’s the first step.  The second step is deciding what sort of therapy is right for you. We can definitely help you decide that with your free initial telephone assessment but here’s  a bit more information about the sort of therapy we provide which might give you an idea of what is right for you right now ….


How can it help you?

Counselling is a one-to-one experience where a qualified counsellor will listen and do their very best to understand exactly what is going on in your head. Many years professional training will help them work with you through the maze of mixed emotions you might be feeling. After your initial telephone assessment you will be assigned to the counsellor we believe is best suited to your current issues. After your first session you decide if you feel this counsellor is someone you could work with or if you would prefer to see an alternative counsellor.

Your counsellor will work with you either for a set number of sessions decided by you or on an open ended arrangement whereby the therapy comes to an end when you wish it to. Counselling can be hugely helpful if you haven’t come to terms with anything from your past which is bringing any sort of unease, anxiety or unhappiness to your present. 

Together you and your counsellor, in a completely collaborative process, will work to bring you to a happier and more content place at which point you might like to consider life coaching if that is appropriate. Your counsellor will discuss this with you. 

Counselling ideally should take place face-to-face. However sometimes this isn’t possible and we also offer counselling via Skype, facetime, telephone and online. Most people like to come for counselling once a week but the time in between sessions is entirely up to you. Some people like to come two or  even three times a week initially and others prefer fortnightly or even monthly sessions. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

How can it help you?

CBT, as it is known for short, is a form of counselling and works particularly well with people who like a structured format. With CBT an assessment then formulation is made of your presenting issues which might be a phobia or anxiety or any other issues that you feel are getting in your way.  Following on from the assessment and formulation, usually weekly structured work takes place which can involve homework and there are a lot of very helpful CBT exercises that can be done both in therapy and at home. Your CBT therapist will guide you through this process and although there are no absolute 100% guarantees with any kind of therapy, CBT is the most proven form of counselling when it comes to actually achieving a set goal. 

CBT should ideally take place face-to-face but if this isn’t possible it can take place via Skype, over the telephone, facetime or by email. The initial session with CBT must be face to face and if necessary and you are housebound we can come to you. 

Life Coaching

How can it help you?

Life coaching is most useful when you don’t feel you have any emotional issues with your past, or necessarily your present other than not feeling happy and not being in the place you want to be. You might be held back at work, frustrated with the lack of relationships/in a bad relationship you know you need to get out of, not feeling you are achieving your life’s potential, not living where you want to be or 100 other reasons why life just doesn’t feel right and you want it to be different. 

Knowing all this and being able to do something about it are two completely different things and that is where an experienced life coach can literally help transform your life.

A life coach will work with you to discover just what it is you really want from your life. Together you will set reachable goals and work to achieve each one. When obstacles appear your coach will work with you to negotiate them and to stay focussed to achieve your ultimate goal.

Life coaching is incredibly powerful. You don’t need any skills other than to be determined to change your life. The life coach will provide you with all the tools to do that.

Life coaching takes place one-to-one and the initial session usually needs to be up to 2 hours long. Subsequent sessions can be an hour and either weekly or fortnightly.

Life coaching works well face-to-face but equally well over the telephone, facetime or Skype. It is also possible to do online.


How can it help you?

Mentoring is a more relaxed form of therapy whereby you meet your mentor usually fortnightly for a two hour session. This can either happen in our therapy room or in a coffee shop in an area to suit you.

Over a cup of tea and a slice of cake, provided by us, we chat just about you. And nothing but you! Mentoring is a time for you to be absolutely selfish and to talk about nothing but you for two hours. Your mentor will want to know all about your life, any troubles or issues you are having and will be a nonjudgemental pair of ears.

They will chat through your ideas and perhaps offer some of their own. They will care about the direction your life is going in and always be on the end of the phone if you need help at any point. 

Mentoring works particularly well for young people, people with mental health issues, people wanting to get their lives back on the straight and narrow after being in prison, or homeless people. But anyone at any age and any stage in their life can gain from having a mentor.
Mentoring most often takes place face-to-face and certainly the initial session we would recommend is face-to-face. After that it is usual to meet fortnightly face-to-face but if this is not possible telephone sessions, facetime or Skype or even online are possible.