COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
You may be seeking therapy for various reasons. Perhaps you feel stuck in an unhelpful cycle in your life where the same old problems keep returning or you may have been feeling anxious, depressed or exhausted by continuous relationship & family issues.
Psychotherapy is particularly helpful for addressing:
- Anxiety & panic attacks
- Social anxiety (phobia)
- Obsessive thoughts & compulsions
- Low self esteem, self-criticism & doubt
- Life transitions, crises and adjustments
- Relationship and family issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Relationship issues
- Work related stress
- Loss of direction in life
- Issues that concern body image
or anything that has been causing you distress and inability to function and enjoy life like you would like to.
Your first counselling session
When you call me to book an appointment, we will arrange a first counselling session at a time convenient to both. If you haven’t had a previous therapy/counselling experience, you may find this first appointment daunting. Being aware of this, my primary aim is to make you feel comfortable and at ease. At the first session, we will talk about what brought to therapy and what your expectations are from our sessions. If you aren’t quite sure yet about your exact goals, you may take your time to decide in subsequent sessions. I will be helping you to clear this out as well.
Subsequent counselling sessions & counselling approach
During our sessions, we will discuss what’s happening in your life and how that affects you. According to professional ethics, everything that is said during therapy is strictly confidential, except for instances where the client reveals information that a certain action may be harmful to themselves or others (e.g. abuse or intention to commit suicide). In these cases, confidentiality should be broken as the counselor has a duty of care to provide safety to the client or the people affected.
My preferred counselling approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
ACT is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.
In simple terms, this means that in therapy a) we learn to relate to our difficult thoughts and emotions in more helpful, functional ways, b) we cultivate present moment awareness c) we attempt to clarify our life values and set goals, d) we commit to carry out small steps of change, e) we practice self-compassion.
If you need me to explain more about the way I work, please call me at 99753025 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven Hayes, the founder of the ACT therapeutic approach, talks about his personal experience with panic attacks in this engaging video.