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Counselling in Central Manchester

Fundamental to counselling is a confidential, non-judgemental, safe and trusting relationship within which a person can talk and explore their difficulties. It might be the case that you feel isolated and in need of someone to talk to, or that you find it easier to talk to someone independent.

Counselling is an umbrella term that covers a range of talking therapies. It is delivered over a short or long term process to help a person bring about effective change or enhance their well-being. Usually someone chooses to speak to a counsellor because they are experiencing difficulties or distress in their life. Just as you may take your car for a 'service' or 'MOT', sometimes people may wish to do so with their mental health. You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one to consider counselling, therefore people may attend if they are experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or seeking balance in their life.

Counselling involves talking through issues or experiences in order to identify the cause and patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may be creating difficulties. As a counsellor I will encourage you to talk about what is bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. I may also explore ways to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.

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What can Counselling offer to you?

* It offers a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space for you to be heard.
* It can bring about a sense of relief.
* It can help you understand yourself better and enable you to take control over your life.
* It can help to find ways of managing and coping with overwhelming emotions.
* It can free you from self-defeating and destructive cycles of behaviour.
* It can bring about positive changes in your life and lead to greater self-acceptance.
* It can assist with struggles that threaten your health and relationships.
* It can help you see there is always a choice.
* If can assist with what is keeping you'stuck' and why.
* It can help build your confidence in order to live the life you want.
* It can help you to view things from a different perspective.
* It can help you to understand and reduce symptoms of anxiety.
* It can be life changing.

Client feedback

''You made me feel really comfortable and like I could speak freely about any issues I had without feeling any judgement, which is precisely what I needed to be able to open up and work through the issues I had''. A. Client.

''Karen has been really helpful to me with regards to developing my self-esteem issues and becoming more confident. She has been so easy to talk to and has had a big impact on my life. I feel that the sessions I have had with her have been highly beneficial and I continue to use the techniques we discussed to continue to build my self-reassurance. I can’t thank her enough!'' Z. Client.

''Having Karen as my therapist has really unlocked a lot of negative thoughts and issues for me and enabled me to work through some long-standing issues effectively. I feel stronger and more positive. Karen asked me challenging and thought provoking questions to shift my thinking but always made me feel calm and assured me and gave me insight into the therapeutic processes we were working through''. A. Client.

''Karen was extremely helpful and helped me sort out a lot of problems I've had for a long time, I feel like a much better adjusted human being since going''. D. Client.

''Throughout my time in therapy, I was made to feel completely at ease, even when discussing uncomfortable topics. I never felt pushed into talking about something I didn't want to, and I came away feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was able to explore a number of coping mechanisms and techniques, which I have used in my own time and which have worked. All in all, I believe without your help I wouldn't be where I am today, even with the addition of prescription medication''. S. Client.

''I found Karen’s approach to my therapy to be extremely helpful and effective. She was flexible in approach and offered excellent guidance in exploring my issues. The partnership we developed was friendly, collaborative and built on trust and honesty. I would not hesitate in recommending Karen as an excellent therapist''. D Client.

''The therapy was personally, very good (and if/when/should I need to go again this is where I'll return to). You can tell that a lot of work goes into the planning of sessions alongside any outside research that Karen believes will help you. She encourages you to seek alternative outlets in combination of the counselling treatment to find the best solution to an issue. And on a personal level as a self confessed stubborn individual Karen showed a great level of patience and professionalism to maintain the best level of help and care even when I was at my least co-operative''! M. Client.

''I was extremely comfortable to be open immediately and discuss matters with you. I didn't find you sympathetic but empathetic which was appropriate for me. Your approach prompted me to process issues, sometimes outside our meeting, and find my own resolution''. M. Client.

''I have been been able to address long-standing issues''. A. Client.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT aims to help you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour by combining a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours have an effect on each other. That by changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. The therapy examines learned behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting them.

This type of therapy is particularly helpful for those with specific issues because it is very practical (rather than insight-based) and looks at solving the problem. Sessions will aim to help you focus on the 'here and now', and recognise how past events may have shaped your thinking and behaviours. The therapy is collaborative, which means you you may be expected to take a proactive role within your treatment, such as completing tasks at home.

Is CBT for me?

This type of therapy will be more useful to those who relate to the ideas behind it. This includes the solution-focused approach, the ideas about behaviour, thinking patterns and the importance of completing at-home tasks.

Being committed and doing the assignments set is an integral part of CBT. While the sessions offer support and space to explore your concerns, it is the work you do outside of your sessions that is likely to have the most impact. By staying focused and completing assignments, you will help yourself progress quicker. This way you will hopefully start to develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and self-belief.

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