Counselling in Guildford is available, face-to-face or online. My counselling approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This approach helps you to look at things from a different perspective. This perspective can have a huge impact on your mood and stress levels. CBT helps with anxiety, depression and trauma. It works faster than traditional Psychotherapy and deals more with the here-and-now. It’s not true however, that CBT does not look at your history/background. If you are struggling to cope and need someone to help you unpack your problems to help you fnd direction and make sense of things, counselling endeavour.
We are all in this together and there are people that care. You don’t have to feel alone in what you are going through. Counselling offers a safe non-judgmental place for you to explore private issues. Counselling is completely confidential (apart from two exceptions – child protection issues or if you were to harm yourself or someone else) and sometimes we need someone to give us a fresh perspective.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapists are all trained to a post-graduate level and are adept at helping clients to make the necessary changes in their thinking and behaviour. Many of us behave and think in certain ways without even realising that we are self-sabotaging our chances and opportunities. CBT 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.
I provide face-to-face and online counselling in Guildford (Bramley to be exact) and I also offer therapy via Skype or Zoom.
Issues I deal with:
Anxiety – health anxiety, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder
Abusive relationships – mental, emotional and physical abuse. Living with a narcissist.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Counselling for anxiety
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 therapy treats more than just the symptoms of the problem.
Counselling 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. Therapy gives you the tools to overcome anxiety and teaches you how to use them.
Anxiety disorders differ from person to person, so therapy is tailored to your specific symptoms and diagnosis. If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), for example, your treatment will be different from someone who needs help for anxiety attacks. The length of therapy will also depend on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder. However, many anxiety therapies are relatively short-term.
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. Anxiety therapy may be conducted individually, or it may take place in a group of people with similar anxiety problems. But the goal is the same: 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 GBP65,00 for an hour. My success recovery rate is approximately 83% (verified by the NHS as I work part-time for them too).
Counselling in Guildford is available to adults and teenagers and some concessions are available for students or those on a low income.
I am accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. (BABCP)