Archive for June, 2011

16 Jun 2011

How do I find the right counsellor for me?

When I google ‘counselling in Skipton’ I get approximately 72,000 results. How on earth do I find the right therapist for me?

This is a question I am asked on a regular basis. When people ring to make an enquiry about psychotherapy or counselling, they are trying to make a decision about whether or not I am the right therapist for them. They are usually trying to make this decision via email or over the telephone in a very short space of time and with very little information about me, how I practice or knowing what they really want to get from visiting a therapist.

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05 Jun 2011

What’s the secret to dealing with anxiety?

Many people come to counselling because they want to learn how to manage their anxiety. Those of us who suffer from bouts of extreme anxiety often think there is a secret to life that we just haven’t learnt yet: a secret ┬áthat will allow us to get on with our lives without ever feeling anxious again.

This isn’t exactly true. Feelings of anxiety are created by the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and are a completely normal and natural part of the way we respond to the stresses of everyday life. Techniques and therapies that make great promises to rid you of all anxiety usually miss the point that our stress response is nature’s way of keeping us alive and out of danger! You know how the saying goes: if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

However, there are some basic principles of self-soothing that once you get the hang of will make the difference between normal, common-or-garden anxiety and the kind of anxiety that cripples you into despair and inaction.

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01 Jun 2011

Individual, relationship and couples counselling in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Is your relationship going through a rough patch or are you simply stuck in a rut?

I am an experienced couples counsellor and have worked with many, many couples over the past twelve years helping them to stay together and move into a new phase of their relationship or, sometimes, helping them to separate in a healthy way.

Coming to couples counselling can feel like a daunting experience. What you need to know is that you are in safe hands with an experienced therapist who can give you the guidance you need to move your relationship into new territory.

Many couples leave it too late to come to therapy. Your relationship doesn’t need to be in a cul-de-sac before you take the leap. If you are reading this then the chances are you are already contemplating getting help in moving your relationship forward. Something to bear in mind is that most couples don’t regret making this move although they often regret not having taken it sooner.

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