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THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING SERVICE



OPENING HOURS

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

9 AM TILL  6 PM

SOME SATURDAYS AVAILABLE

A place where problems are solved and lives are improved.

 

 

WHO WE WORK WITH

Adults £45

Young People £45

Children £45

TRAUMA

 

Trauma is abuse, loss of others, neglect, domestic violence, accidents, whiplash, any situation that overwhelms us. If we have a life experience that stops us, we freeze. If we didn't freeze and we were able to move and change the event, it would not cause a traumatic reaction. If the life experience causes us to freeze because we are in shock and unable to respond, we are traumatized. It is not what the life experience was, but how we respond to it internally that decides if it is a trauma or not.

 

We instantly dissociate, we separate our emotions from our bodies because the emotion of the pain and the powerlessness is too much for us to handle and as a result, the memory, which is too painful to remember,  goes into our unconscious mind as traumatic event. From here, it controls our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, trying to keep us safe and not letting the trauma  happen ever again. Trauma affects us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

 

Because the trauma experience is now referenced in the brain, the person is unable to respond as they did before. This is because now it activates the limbic or reptilian brain, the part of the brain that holds the fight,  flight  or freeze response. Unfortunately we cannot think or make a conscious decision we are acting instinctively. This is good if it is an emergency but not appropriate otherwise. The trauma is remembered by the body and central nervous system, there are no words to describe what happened. We remember and define our experience through our senses, what we saw and heard, the sights and sounds that remind us of what happened.

 

To change this, the left  over energy has to be discharged and so resolved. It is possible, and never too late, to be free from traumatic stress and this is where therapy comes in. We work together to make sense of your experience whilst also releasing the stress caught in your body memory, so the nervous system can relax. 

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Louise and I am  the owner of Grey Matters Centre.

 

I provide counselling from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models giving the most appropriate therapeutic package for each client. My integrative approach includes; Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Therapy and Creative Therapies.

I am very passionate about my job as a Counsellor and using patience, kindness and care create a confidential and safe environment to help you to explore thoughts, feelings, behaviours and issues that may be interfering with your life. Helping you to understand more about yourself and together, as a team we can find new ways and tools which will help you to make the changes you want.

WHAT TO EXPECT

I understand that to seek counselling can seem very daunting and sometimes it takes courage and strength to take the first step. If you have decided to contact me we can arrange to meet for a full and thorough assessment. This session lasts one hour so it gives us time for you to talk about your difficulties. I will explain how I work and how our sessions will be confidential. I will ask you questions and explore what has brought you along to counselling, what is happening for you and some of your history. It will be important for me to know what your aims and goals are so that we know what we are trying to achieve. Hopefully this lets you get to know me a little and help you decide if you would like us to continue to work together. If this is what you decide to do then we can arrange further appointments for you. Usually this is once a week but we can discuss this if this is not suitable. The duration of the sessions are usually goal orientated and I am happy to be guided by your preference. 



ISSUES I CAN HELP WITH

I have had personal experiences with Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety and Panic Attacks so I have done extensive studies on these areas and I am very passionate about this work.


I work with a variety of Anger Issues, O.C.D, Phobias and Relationship Issues.

I work with individuals on a one-to-one basis and I specialize with clients; Men, Women and Children, who have suffered from; Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Domestic Violence. 

I do not work with anyone who have previous convictions of sexual offences and/or are currently the focus of an on going police investigation or criminal justice proceedings.

If you would like to contact me please telephone 07907613600 or email info@greymatterscentre.co.uk