Occasionally individuals, couples and families experience difficulties in their lives that they find hard to resolve. Therapy often helps people to make sense of these difficulties and dilemmas in new ways, within a safe and supportive space in complete confidentiality. It enables people to access their own resources in order to find useful solutions and strategies. We offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.
If you are feeling distressed, depressed and low , frustrated, unfulfilled, stuck then often talking to someone who is outside of your family and friendship circle who has experience in dealing with such difficulties can really be useful in the following ways:
- gain a fresh perspective
- find new solutions to difficulties
- find meaning and purpose , regain motivation and enthusiasm
- find new ways to live with the losses that life sometimes brings
People often find that they are able to develop personal skills, new awareness and discover previously unseen possibilities and options. If you feel you would like to explore whether counselling might be for you or your family or if you would like to make an appointment then please give us a call. Evening appointments can be arranged. We offer individual therapy adults and adolescents.
Many couples encounter difficulties and experience distress in their relationship. This can undermine both partners wellbeing and confidence depending on the severity of the problems they face. Other times conflict in a relationship just serve to reinforce self defeating habits such as self criticism, shame and harshness on the one hand or blame, grandiosity, self righteousness and resentment on the other , At times it can be devastating and the stakes may be very high. A mistake that couples often make is that they seek individual advice to try and solve the couples difficulties. ( see related article )We believe that attempted solutions that have not been that successful in the past may actually be part of the problem These patterns of relating tend to be very sticky and hard to change on ones own without the perspective of a third party.
Talking together with a third person can enable people to get unstuck from difficult situations and unhelpful patterns of relating in a safe and calm way. It can help with conflict resolution, communication, intimacy issues and general relationship satisfaction. We may look together at the way that experiences in our families and childhoods, past traumas and previous relationships inform and shapes the way we relate today.
Couples therapy can also be helpful where one of the couple is experiencing particular difficulties such as mental health problems bereavement or addictive behaviours that affect both people in the relationship.
We work with whole families when there are difficulties that families encounter that they cannot resolve themselves. We believe that families have skills and resources that they can use that will enable them to find more helpful, peaceful and less distressing ways of being. Where one member of a family is experiencing difficulties we may invite the family to come to therapy as we believe family members are a really useful resource to each other and we are interested in working with everyone in the family towards new ways of relating and living together.
We are both registered UKCP Systemic and Family Psychotherapists, members of the UKCP College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy and of the Association for Family Therapy registered to work with adults, young people and children.
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