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People often choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives.Therapy can help with many problems - from coping with traumatic experiences and events, to dealing with depression and anxiety or managing difficult emotions and behaviours. Having therapy doesn't mean that you are not coping, or that you are weak. Counselling and psychotherapy is a little like having physiotherapy for your feelings. 

 But you don't have to be in crisis to have therapy, many people have therapy for personal development or to talk things over with someone who will listen.Many couples find that having  a space to talk things through with an understanding, neutral person can really help resolve things. 

In particular the transitional teenage years can be particularly difficult and for young people it can be really important to have a place to talk with someone who can understand and help. And when younger children are going through a difficult time, working with a therapist who has an understanding of children's behaviour, child psychology, specialist parenting, who works creatively with art and play can make a real difference. 




"we think we listen,but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. yet listening of this very special kind is one of the most potent forces for change that i know"


Carl Rogers 




Counselling & psychotherapy

 When choosing a therapist it's really important to feel comfortable with your therapist, and to look at their approach to see if it is a good fit. It is a really good idea to ask questions and also to have a chat before arranging an initial appointment. It is also a good idea to check your therapists qualifications, experience and to ask if they are a member of a regulatory body.

You'll find more information in About Me .  You can learn more about choosing a therapist from BACP information, and also read about how therapy helped one person below.  

Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing.

Creative Therapies 

Where talking  may sometimes feel too challenging, working with creative media can offer a new dimension. There is no pressure to find the exact words to express a feeling, you don't have to talk about difficult or painful experiences - an image can 'speak' for you. 

Creative therapy uses art, play, sand, sound or just the images inside your own head - and you don't have to be artistic to benefit.

Some sessions may be spent talking and listening and whether to use creative media is always a free choice.

It can be a very powerful way to work as it can allow unconscious material to surface and be worked through therapeutically.


Couples Therapy 

Making the choice to go to couples counselling can feel like a very big step. Recognising that things are not perfect  is often tough to do and scary to admit.

Perhaps trust has been broken, communication is poor, sex is an issue or you find yourselves arguing constantly. Sometimes a traumatic life experience can change how you relate.   

Couples therapy is useful not only for solving problems, but also for identifying them. Perhaps something has changed, or you find yourself chronically resentful of your partner but you're not sure why. These are often signs that a relationship  could use some support and a therapist's office is often a very beneficial place to start that process.


I am a young person and I think I need help


Is this just a phase? 

Does my child need therapy?


How can you help? 

why see a specialist Child & Young Person Therapist?  


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