Integrative Counselling

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Counselling and psychotherapy are both forms of talking therapy that involve working with a trained professional to explore personal thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a confidential and safe environment. Both allow you a safe space to talk and work through the feelings and behaviours that are distressing or troubling to you, helping you to make sense of your experiences both current and past. Your therapist can then help you to develop healthy and effective coping strategies to deal with the ups and downs, and find new solutions to old problems.

Both forms of therapy involve a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client and are considered to be effective forms of treatment for a wide range of emotional, psychological, and behavioural problems. The therapist will listen, ask questions, and provide guidance and support to help the client explore and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

An integrative approach to therapy combines elements from different therapeutic models and techniques to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. This approach has the advantage that it allows the therapist to be responsive to your unique needs. Your therapy can be adapted to your progress and may change over time whilst still maintaining a coherent and effective treatment plan.

Our range of therapeutic approaches include CBT, DBT, Parts Therapy, Hypnotherapy (clinical and cognitive), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, REBT therapy, EMDR, and IEMT.

We can support you both face to face, online or a combination of the two.

Counselling services

Psychotherapy and counselling are similar yet different

Both are forms of talk therapy that involve working with a trained professional to explore personal thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a confidential and safe environment. Whilst counselling tends to be shorter term, psychotherapy is usually more mid to long-term. Psychotherapy generally helps people with past issues that may be the underlying reasons for present behaviour. Counselling is often more focused on the present day challenges.

In counselling and psychotherapy you will be encouraged to:
  • Talk about and clarify your problems and challenges
  • Consider the consequences of various options
  • Look towards the future changes and differences you wish to explore
  • Acknowledge the impact of life events on your own well-being
  • Help you deal with the challenges that life brings and you may be facing
What happens in counselling

What issues can counselling and psychotherapy help with?

Counselling can be helpful in a wide variety of situations such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Conflict at work
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Low mood
  • Health problems
  • Relationships
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Making decisions
  • Coping in a crisis
  • Feelings of inner conflict
  • Loss of confidence & motivation
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Laura CollettLaura Collett
10:04 27 Jan 23
I’ve been seeing Vanessa for a whole host of different and complex mental health reasons for a number of years. Sometimes I go for months and months without needing her support and other times I see her weekly - that’s one of the great things about her, the adaptability to my needs. Vanessa is supportive, professional, and extremely knowledgeable across a wide breadth of issues and treatments / approaches. Without doubt the best therapist I have ever worked with and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Christine TaylorChristine Taylor
09:23 22 Jan 23
Vanessa was recommended through a close friend and I cannot thank them both enough. Since our sessions began a little under a year ago Vanessa has helped me create a deeper understanding of myself and others and has equipped me with the knowledge to continue to improve my life, I’ll be forever grateful for this! Vanessa is a very warming, professional and highly experienced therapist and I look forward to developing myself more with her help 🙂
19:25 28 Sep 22
Vanessa was recommended to me by a friend, earlier this summer and turned out to be exactly what I needed in order to help me sort out my issues.She is very down-to-earth and sensible and after asking questions and really listening to what one has to say, has a lot of insight into what may be troubling you - which she easily translates into ways that show a depth of discernment with understanding and sympathy, combined with practical help based on both theory and practical experience.Within weeks I was able to see a way forward and regain my sense of purpose.I cannot recommend Vanessa highly enough.
Claire EdwardsClaire Edwards
09:04 08 Feb 22
Vanessa is a very caring, compassionate and experienced counsellor. She makes you feel at ease even when it may feel hard to open up, I found her very easy to talk to. There are no words to completely describe just how much she has helped me and how our sessions have already had such a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend Vanessa and thank her from the bottom of my heart for helping me.
Tamsin PaolaTamsin Paola
21:06 07 Feb 22
My daughter (age 9) has been seeing Vanessa for several months. Vanessa does such a good job of engaging her in a variety of activities and she looks forward to every session. As a result of the sessions, my daughter is clearly gaining an understanding of herself that is helping her to better manage some of her challenges. I also feel I have learnt so much about my daughter and how I can support her. Vanessa is extremely approachable, professional and supportive and I’d highly recommend her services.