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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

WHAT IS COUNSELLING?

 

Counselling is a talking therapy that allows you to discuss your problems and difficult feelings. It is a private, safe and confidential place to explore any issues you may be facing.  Needing help is a normal part of being a human and asking for support shows courage and strength in taking the difficult step in resolving a problem.

 

We will not tell you what to do, we will encourage you to tell us what is troubling you so we can understand any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. We then may create a plan of action to help you find ways of coping or reconcile your issues. If at any time we feel we can no longer help you, we will offer to refer you to someone who can.

 

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore they way they are thinking or feeling, or if anyone has a problem they want to resolve. Sometimes it is difficult to speak to family and friends about personal issues and a professional may offer an objective viewpoint.

 

What happens at the first session?

You are welcome to come into the waiting area and take a seat. We will greet you at your appointment time and welcome you into the therapy room where you will be offered a drink of water. The first session is the assessment session where we will gain an idea of what is going on for you at the moment, what you want to gain from counselling, what is your current situation and personal history and what symptoms you are experiencing.  It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to decide if therapy is going to be for you and if you are ready to make a firm commitment to attending regularly. 

 

If you do decide counselling is for you and you would like to book an appointment then we will cover the agreement of how we will work together. This includes: confidentiality, dates and times of our sessions, our professional relationship and how and when contact can be made between sessions.

 

Following sessions

Therapy aims to provide a safe and supportive place to explore your issues which at times can be demanding, frustrating, emotional and difficult. It requires you to discuss painful emotions and memories which may  make you feel worse at the beginning. This has to be done so that you can gradually process and understand them and in time feel better.  

 

How many sessions will I have?

This will depend on your motivation and commitment to therapy and how much work and practice you do in between sessions and the nature and complexity of your problem.

 

How often are appointments?

Sessions will be 50 minutes long and at the same time, every week (unless otherwise agreed). However if you need to change time and frequency we will try and accommodate you.

 

Contact outside of sessions?

The contact details provided are for use in the case of cancellations and alterations. We understand there are times when contact may be required outside booked session times. We strongly advise that the contact details provided are not always manned and messages will only be picked up on an irregular basis throughout the working day. Therefore, in extreme situations, you are advised to call for medical help/advice. We will however reply to all messages as soon as possible.

We shall not meet and/or have contact outside of the Counselling/Psychotherapy relationship. We shall not otherwise make contact with you or recognize you in a public place. Our relationship will remain a professional Counselling relationship.

 

Commitment 

At times Counselling can be very demanding, frustrating, emotional and plain difficult so there can be a real reluctance to attend. We would ask you to make a firm commitment to attend regularly and keep absences to a minimum; too many gaps will slow down the progress of our Counselling work. 

 

Wanting to book for someone you are worried about?

If you are worried about someone else's mental health the best thing to do is to talk to them about it. This may be difficult as people do struggle to talk about mental health issues. Mental illness is a natural part of being human and one in four of us will have some mental health issue at one time in our lives. When things do go wrong in  our lives, such as bereavement or divorce, we expect to feel distressed. However if this goes on and doesn't seem to settle, it may develop into a mental health issues. Listen to your instincts if you feel something isn't quite right as mental health problems show themselves in differing ways.

Chose the correct time to talk to the person you are worried about, when you are calm, when the time is right, be forthright and honest, listen carefully, ask open-ended questions, give them hope, be supportive, give them resources and keep supporting them.

Unfortunately you cannot access counselling for someone else, this has to be their own decision. Counselling can be a difficult journey and they have to be ready to commit to this process for themselves.

 

 

 

   Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

 

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