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01 Sep 2011

A beginner’s guide to counselling and therapy: #1 What should I talk about?

Inspired by the variety of questions people ask when they first begin therapy, this is the first in a series of short posts aimed at helping you to get the most out of your counselling sessions.

New clients often ask ‘what should I talk about in my counselling sessions?’ The short answer, of course, is that you can talk about anything you like. Absolutely anything at all. This is the joy of the therapeutic relationship: the counsellor is there to think about you whilst you are there to think about…, well, you. You won’t get this in any other relationship in your adult life, so you may as well make the most of it. Talk about your boss, your neighbour, your partner, your cat or that woman off Waking the Dead that reminds you of your mother but is a bit nicer. You talk about whatever it is – and I mean whatever – that is taking up your attention right now. It might be a specific problem – this is why you have come to counselling in the first place, after all – but it might just be something that is sitting at the front of your mind and you don’t really know why you keep thinking about Steve from accounts. That’s why you are coming to counselling –  to let someone else help you to make sense of things.
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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  that 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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