General Counselling & Stress Management Therapy

ABOUT OUR THERAPISTS

 

We are qualified and/or accredited psychotherapists and clinicians with specialised clinical training in CBT and practice as Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. We have experience of working with many issues including: depression and low mood; anxiety; panic; body image; stress; self-esteem; eating disorders; relationships; assertiveness; confidence; goal-setting; emotional distress and much more.

 

We have undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in Psychology and Psychological Research as well as in English. Our Director will be starting her Doctorate in Psychology in 2017. We have additional qualifications in other therapies such as Stress Management Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy as well as qualifications in training, clinical supervision, self-harm, suicide and much more!

 

We engage in regular Clinical Supervision (individual, group and peer supervision) and frequent Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Our therapists hold Professional Membership with various organisations, have their own Professional Indemnity Insurance, hold PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership and are registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme.

 

''We all need space; unless we have it, we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently''.

 

- Octavia Hill -

GENERAL

cOUNSELLING

 

What is General Counselling?

 

Counselling allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings you experience in a safe, confidential environment. Generally, counselling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. The basic principles of counselling are:

 

  • In counselling, you will be encouraged to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The therapist will then create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you find ways of coping.
  • Counselling is tailored to you individually to improve your quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.
  • Common concerns, issues and problems that can be addressed within counselling include: eating disorders; depression; low mood; anxiety; relationship issues; addictions; bereavement; trauma; work-related issues; bullying; and much more.
  • While your counsellor won't give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, they will help you uncover your own understanding of your problems and provide you with the tools which will help you to resolve them on your own.
  • Counselling can be long-term or short-term and depends on the individual client and the problems addressed. We go at YOUR pace!
  • Counselling is private and confidential. Your therapist/counsellor will explain confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

 

''The moment is now. Not tomorrow or yesterday or someday. Right here, right now. This is your moment to shine''.

 

- Anonymous -

STRESS MANAGEMENT

THERAPY

 

What is Stress Management Therapy?

 

If you feel stressed out by modern life, you're not alone! Stress has major health consequences and diminishes our ability to enjoy life. Stress Management Therapy is ideally suited to helping you cope with and reduce stress. You will develop strategies and techniques that will help you to take control of the stress in your life.

 

You will learn to both manage and reduce stress so you can achieve improved psychological, emotional and physical health, as well as an improved quality of life. Some of the basic key principles of Stress Management Therapy are:

 

  • Your therapist will assist you in learning and developing new skills and techniques that you can use at any time in your life and across many situations to both manage, and reduce, stress.
  • It can help you to: learn proven relaxation techniques; adopt healthy ways to reduce and cope with stress; develop assertiveness, maintain boundaries and learn to say no; become aware of your unhealthy stress management techniques; and much more!
  • Stress Management Therapy is generally time-limited (up to 10-12 sessions), structured, solution-focused, goal-oriented and involves learning and developing practical solutions and techniques to managing stress.
  • The length of therapy depends on each individual client, therapeutic goals set and types of problems or issues addressed.
  • Therapy is private and confidential. Your therapist will explain working agreements, confidentiality, cancellations, and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

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