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June 2014

Stress, Anxiety and Depression: The benefits of "Talking Therapies"

NHS Choices website includes a section called Moodzone. A very useful site to have bookmarked as one of your favourites if you have anxiety, depression, suffer with stress or have an enduring mental health illness.

This is the link and it's well worth a look:

They include a 4 minute video on the benefits of talking therapies with counsellors, psychotherapist and other mental health professionals.

There's no doubt talking therapies work for most people, having someone listen, not give advice, but support you through difficulties and help you find ways to help yourself.

The website gives very helpful signposting to other useful resources and free online self-directed courses taking you through ways to self-help.

The internet and respected sites such as the NHS give research and evidence based information.

Give it a go and if you decide to contact me I can talk with you about your issue and how I might help you.

A Quiet and Peaceful Place

In the St Andrews Counselling and Psychotherapy blog I have covered a number of different topics which I work with clients, how I work and some basic information on Transactional Analysis. 
In this blog I wanted to share with you the environment in which I work. I decided to work from my own consultation room over 2 years ago. I wanted to provide a comfortable, reassuring and peaceful place in which to support the client's healing process.
My consultation room is situated in a quiet, rural environment with ample parking and a confidential way to access and leave without encountering other people.
The photo here shows how the décor and furnishings are both comfortable, practical and easy on the eye. I choose neutral pastel colours for the wall and carpet which contrast with the sofa and chair in bright blues and reds. Wall art provides seascapes and panoramic views and natural life. Across the hall is a private bathroom and toilet.
Behind the sofa is a large bright window which illuminates the whole room and looks out onto gardens, then across fields with the sea on the horizon. There are no other buildings for half a mile and so not overlooked by other homes or offices.

This is the view from my consulting room window. In the distance the sea can be seen and we have great views of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

This room has been designed to be a peaceful, tranquil haven from the outside world where clients can relax and talk about what's troubling them. This setting supports the development of the therapeutic relationship and balances the concept of a counselling and psychotherapy consultation room with a relaxed and informal space, with few distractions.

My clients have all commented on how warm, welcoming and comfortable the consulting room is and quickly relax into the session. We often share a tea or coffee together whilst we get to know one another.

If you would like to know more about where I work and what I do and if you would like to meet me to discuss what's bothering you, then give me a ring on 07824700980.

What do I look for in a counsellor or therapist? The client's perspective.

When looking for counselling or psychotherapy, there is no shortage of adverts and websites on the internet nowadays.

Why not shop around and put together a shortlist of counsellors who meet your criteria? There are a few practical considerations in choosing a counsellor such as how far away from you do they live? You might need to choose someone close by within walking or a short bus ride, or if you live in a small close community and have access to a car you may want to see a counsellor who lives some distance away.

How might you feel about bumping into them if they live in your community might be another issue to think about?

Research has shown, time and time again, that successful outcomes to therapy depend on the relationship between therapist and client and feeling there is a connection between you. So phone a few before you make a decision, arrange to meet for a no obligation initial appointment with the therapists you feel you connect with on the phone.

There is also the financial cost of therapy to be weighed up against other commitments you might have. Therapy/ counselling can be a sound financial investment as improvements in your mental health and emotional well being impact on your home life, close relationships and work/career prospects. Good therapists will be open to explore initial short term contracts over a 6 to 8 week period to evaluate your progress and for you to decide whether to leave things there or go on.

To get the best from therapy you should ask yourself "What do I want from therapy"? Being clear about your expectations and how will you know when you get what you want from therapy?

There are of course the other issues to think about:

1. Are they a member of a reputable professional body, have insurance and have regular robust clinical supervision?

2. Do they have knowledge and experience in working with your issues?

3. Do you feel you will be listened to, heard and understood?

4. Do you feel confident that the therapist is open and non-judgemental?

5. Are they bold, confident, have integrity, empathy, genuine warmth and humanity?

6. What can they offer you in the way that they work, ask them to explain this to you and how this would be helpful for your issues?

I hope you have found this short guide on "What to look for in a counsellor or therapist" useful?

If you would like to know more or have a no obligation telephone conversation then give me a ring on 0782 4700980

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