Why choose Counselling as a therapy?
Most people, at some time in their lives, feel that their life isn't working and they need to make changes. Some people can get over these problems of change themselves; for others though, these are not easy things to come to terms with, and this is where a Counsellor can help them resolve their issues. The Counsellor can be objective in your life issues and help you to see things from a different perspective. The Counselling appointment, which is in our practice near Wakefield centre, are at times agreeable for all parties, they will give us space and time to explore these experiences together so you may understand them and change the way you feel, think and act, to help you move forward.
The Counselling can help with Anxiety, Relationships, Family conflict, Depression, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, Self-Harm, Mood Swings, Addictions, Aches and Pains for which there seems no Physical reason and Irrational Fears.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Counselling is a talking therapy. By being there for you, valuing you and letting you explore the issues with us and then feeding back what we are hearing, it gives you a possible insight into how your actions and words are perceived by others so that you can alter or manage you life in another way with the new insight you have gained. The Counsellor, who is not directly involved with the issues, acts as a non-judgemental sounding-post so you can understand yourself. This is a liberating experience in itself.
What do I have to do?
Be open to the experience of Counselling and honest with yourself, this will build the trust between us and help you unfold in a safe and secure environment.
Is it Confidential?
Yes. Our sessions will only be for us, unless I feel you may be a harm to yourself, others, if there are domestic violence issues or if there is a possibility of children at risk. If any of these situations or ethical boundaries arises then I would initially talk to my Supervisor (the counsellor's counsellor) and then come back to yourself to discuss the situation with you before any action is taken. I may make notes about the direction of the counselling, which you can see at any time, but these will be shredded after a suitable time period when we have finished the counselling contract.
How many Counselling sessions do I need?
This is a hard one to answer. Depending on the issues and what emerges it can vary a great deal. we will talk with you and agree with you a length of time (the contract) that we will meet. Usually after about four or five sessions we will look at what we have achieved together and then see if we need any further sessions.
All our Counselling is totally confidential and will not be disclosed to others (unless there is a possibility the client would be a danger to themselves, others, domestic violence issues or that Children may be at risk. In this event then disclosure would be limited in the first instance to a Supervisor, a person who supervises the Counsellor, and then discussed with the client).
Payments for each counselling session with us are made prior to the session and can be taken from either debit or credit cards, if given advanced cancellation notice of 48 hours, prior to a session, the fee will be returned in full or transferred to another future session.
Ian has a Post Graduate Diploma; Certified to work with Couples, Families, CYP and Individuals, he also delivers the Relate work in Wakefield, details which can be found at Relate. He is also a Registered Member MBACP approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. He has a Cert Ed and is fully qualified to teach post 16 learners.
He has over 9,000 hours of face to face work and 18 years of experience, he uses an integrative approach which brings in aspects of attachment, systemic, solution focussed, CBT and Brief therapy into his Client work.
Su has a M.A. Relationship therapy, University Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and a Diploma in NLP. She has practiced for over 8 years and can help Clients with relational and cognitive problems to clear confusion and bring clarity to your life and world. She sees Couples, Individuals and family members.
Mary has a M.A. Relationship Therapy, BSc, PNLP She has practised as a Counsellor for over 14 years. Her areas of Specialism are:
Relationships: Couples, families, and individuals. Stress. Emotional difficulties. Anxiety. Worrying. Depression/low mood. Bereavement/loss. Lesbian/Gay issues.
Her personal Approaches are:
Integrative and relational. Psycho-dynamic/Systemic therapy approaches with Attachment/Narrative therapy. Solution Focused Brief Therapy/Coaching. Mindfulness in Counselling.
Mary is a member of BACP and a member of the British Psychological Society.