Counseling in Guildford, Surrey

Counseling in Guildford, Surrey


Hi! I’m Mandy and I offer face-to-face and online counselling in Guildford. If you need professional help – I have more than two decades of experience counselling clients with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and many more mental health issues. I am a fully qualified Cognitive-Behavioural therapist, accredited with the BABCP.

I’d be more than happy to help you resolve any problems you face in a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space.

The benefits of therapy include improved self-awareness, understanding your triggers, and gaining insight into reducing unhelpful behavioural patterns.



Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed actually produce change. In this manner, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment.

CBT counseling usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:

  • Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality.
  • Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.
  • Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.
  • Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.

CBT counseling also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:

  • Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them.
  • Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others.
  • Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.

Not all CBT will use all of these strategies. Rather, the psychotherapist and patient/client work together, in a collaborative fashion, to develop an understanding of the problem and to develop a treatment strategy.

CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the session as well as “homework” exercises outside of sessions, patients/clients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior.

CBT therapists emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.



I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and I provide counseling in Guildford (and worldwide online) for the following issues:


Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder


If you are struggling to get motivated and you’re wondering “What’s the point?” you might need therapy to help pull you out of the dark place you have found yourself in.

COUPLES COUNSELING   ** I specialise in relationship issues **

Domestic abuse, emotional abuse, marital affairs, breakdown in communication, marital separation, family issues, codependency, a relationship with a narcissist or someone on the autistic spectrum. I can help with all of these relationship issues.


Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (formerly known as Borderline Personality Disorder), Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) works faster than traditional Psychotherapy and deals more with the here-and-now (although the past is also significant). It’s not true, however, that CBT does not look at your history/background. If you are struggling to cope, need someone to talk to, and wish to explore your problems, I can help you to find direction and make sense of things.

You don’t have to cope alone – get in touch and start therapy/counseling to make positive changes in your life. Counseling offers a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental place for you to explore private issues. Sometimes you need someone to give you a fresh perspective.

Many of us behave and think in certain ways without even realising that we are self-sabotaging our chances and opportunities for success. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy improves self-awareness and increases resilience to stressful life events. It involves identifying what is causing the problems you face, what is triggering them, and what is maintaining your troubles.


Counseling for anxiety

Online counseling based in Guildford can be the change you have been looking for. Whether you’re suffering from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia, it’s important to know that you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help, and for many anxiety problems, therapy is often the most effective option. Anxiety counseling treats more than just the symptoms of the problem.

Counseling can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears; learn how to relax; look at situations in new, less frightening ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills. Counseling gives you the tools to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them.

While many different types of therapy are used to treat anxiety, the leading approaches are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy. Each anxiety therapy may be used alone or combined with other types of therapy. The goal of counselling is to lower your anxiety levels, calm your mind, and overcome your fears.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions.

CBT addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. As the name suggests, this involves two main components:

Cognitive therapy examines how negative thoughts, or cognitions, contribute to anxiety.

Behavior therapy examines how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.

The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts—not external events—affect the way we feel. In other words, it’s not the situation you’re in that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation. For example, imagine that you’ve just been invited to a big party. Consider three different ways of thinking about the invitation, and how those thoughts would affect your emotions.

The cost of a session is GBP70,00 for an hour. My success recovery rate is high and evidence-based.

Counseling in Guildford is available to adults and teenagers and some concessions are available for students or those on a low income.





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Handy device to reduce anxiety

One of the biggest problems I have to deal with in my private practice is anxiety. There are many types of anxiety – health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

Generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety tend to be the most common and anxiety levels are rising. Life as we know it is inherently stressful and anxiety seems inescapable. Cognitive behavioural therapy works really well for anxiety as it helps individuals to challenge their thougths and not always believe their negative thinking. There are many strategies that CBT offers to help but we can always use extra help.

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