What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that an individual, couple or family, can use to work through issues they are facing. Going to counselling involves discussing challenging and emotional aspects of your life and can be very helpful in moving through issues. Working with a trained professional will give you the safety, warmth and expertise to do this.
In a survey by the BACP 95% of respondents agreed that seeking counselling before issues get out hand is a good idea and 83% agreed that talking to a therapist about their problem can help them feel happier (Carol Goldstone Associates 2010). Often clients report having made realisations with their therapist that lead to clarity, ease and confidence, as well as learning tools and techniques to manage particular problems.

What problems can counselling help with?

We can be impacted by many areas of life: our childhood experiences, parental and family relationships, damaging and limiting self- beliefs, physical difficulties, unhealthy habits and unhelpful coping, addictions, difficult situational events and experiences; loss of employment, relationship issues, divorce, bereavement, work stress, burnout, societal, cultural and familial pressures, identity issues, sexuality issues. All of these, amongst other things, can contribute to dis-ease and dis-comfort stopping us from truly living. We might be struggling in the form of low energy and low mood, feeling hopeless and helpless, struggling with sleep, worries and anxieties, self- image issues, rejection, frustration, worthlessness and other difficult emotions.

Your counsellor can guide you through these experiences and empower you to overcome them. Counselling provides a way for you to gain clarity, reconnect with yourself, develop helpful strategies and produce positive change.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of talking therapy. It involves exploring your thoughts (cognitions) and behaviours to find out how problems are created maintained and how they can be changed. Working in a CBT way involves understanding unhelpful patterns that you may be in and shifting them to more helpful and healthy patterns.
CBT also involves carrying out tasks and activities in between sessions. Unhelpful patterns can often be ingrained so I encourage clients to repeatedly practice the interventions we use.

What is Relational- Psychodynamic Counselling?

The Relational- Psychodynamic approach focuses on your relationship patterns. It explores your history and your childhood and investigates how your current patterns have been influenced by your early relationships. Often we get stuck in unhelpful ways of relating to others because of experiences we’ve had in the past and these patterns can negatively impact our familial, marital, social and intimate relationships. Relational- psychodynamic therapy brings this into the room to find new, helpful, ways of relating to others.

How do I refer myself?

Please use the contact form to get in touch or e-mail me on nadia@soulspacecounselling.co.uk

What happens after I contact you?

When you contact me we will arrange an initial phone consultation, this is a free 30 minute call to explore your issues and needs and an opportunity for you to ask any questions. If you are happy to go ahead with therapy I will send you a referral form. You will need to complete this and send it back to me. We will then arrange our first session.

What can I expect from counselling?

Beginning counselling can be daunting and anxiety provoking so it helps to know what you might expect.

In our first session we will go through the therapy agreement and spend time getting to know you, so that by the end of the session I have an understanding of what you’ve been through and what you want help with.
Sessions are never the same for anyone and are unique to fit you. You will be sharing emotions and exploring issues in a therapeutic way, which may feel new, uncertain and vulnerable. But it is part of the process, there is no right or wrong way to be in therapy and your wellbeing is in my best interest.

I don’t take notes in session but we may use worksheets and diagrams through the process. These are kept with you and may need to be brought back each session.

How long does therapy last?

I work with clients on a short term and long term basis. We could have 6 sessions or keep it open ended and see each other for a year or longer. This will be discussed in our initial session when we go through our therapy agreement.

Where do sessions take place?

Currently I am offering sessions at The Island, Union Street, Bristol. Phone and Skype sessions are also available

Why does counselling cost?

My extensive training, knowledge and skills have been an investment of money, time and energy, which I am now providing as a service.

As Robin Sharma said:

“investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”

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