Counselling is a type of individual therapy that helps clients deal with psychological/mental/emotional issues and /or difficulties. Active listening, therapeutic dialogue and expert insight are utilised to assist and support the individual.
This process can involve just the practitioner and one individual, or the practitioner and two or more individuals concerned. In some cases group therapy may be utilised.
By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can analyse the difficulties from your point of view and can help you to see things more clearly possibly from a slightly different angle. You will be amazed how counselling can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings so that you can arrive at your own decisions and make positive changes in your life. Our aim is to empower you to find your own answers, be in control of your life, set your own goals and become more confident and happier.
There are many areas that counselling could benefit someone, such as:
- Maintain a healthy work and family balance
- Set personal boundaries and act assertively
- Resolve troubled relationships and enrich existing ones
- Develop valued long-term relationships
- Gain emotional calm and focus
- Build confidence, self-esteem and manage anxiety.
- Recognise unhelpful patterns, let go of old fears and enjoy the moment
- Learn effective ways to deal with conflict and disagreements
- Manage life transitions and achieve goals
The main areas that we work in are:
- Relationship Counselling
- Conflict Resolution
- Stress and Stress Management
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Relaxation techniques
- Overcoming worry and anxiety
- Work related stress and work relationship issues
- Professional supervision
- Time management
- Low self esteem / lack of confidence
- Positive thinking
Our practitioner Jim Wood offers a wholistic, non-directive, empathetic, client-centred approach to counselling. He has experience in working with a wide range of people in an enormous variety of circumstances. Jim has lectured also in the differences of male and female thinking and approaches to solving problems and conflict.
In our hectic schedule of everyday life it is difficult to find quality time for ourselves. Time where we can just be who we are without any pressure to prove ourselves to anyone. Time where we can learn to be with our emotions and process any difficulties we may be facing. Taking the time to articulate our feelings and understand ourselves with someone to guide us through this process can be a rewarding experience that will support us to make positive changes in our life
As we talk about ourselves and our problems, our emotions, our dreams, we learn more about ourselves and who we are. We come to realise that we do have the power to live more positive lives and reduce stress and worry, improve relationships.
What a pity that some people will never experience the pleasure of having an honest discussion about themselves, explore their strengths and weakness, become a better person and gain the ability to affect others around them in a positive way.
The duty and function of our counselling process is to offer an environment of trust, absolute confidentiality and the opportunity for the person to be heard but also to hear themselves. We do not judge and do not offer easy solutions. We act as facilitators to assist and empower you to achieve your goals.
A little about relationships
We offer this only as an example for your benefit.
“We need to talk” When the female partner says these words to her male partner, she may not realise that he may panic and try and avoid the subject altogether. Traditionally, especially in older generations, men are rarely encouraged to talk about how they feel.
From available figures, it looks that to a large degree men still trail women in initiating counselling. It is also known that mostly (about 70%) it is women that initiate break ups.
The failure to properly communicate (or communicate al all) takes its toll on people’s physical and emotional health – this results in many health conditions, as well as the more obvious ones of anxiety and depression.
We all need to communicate – men more so, as they are lagging well behind and many times relationships and families would be much better off if communication was more effective – or at least if there was some communication at all!
By communication we mean an effective honest appraisal and discussion of any situation – neither a monologue nor insistence that any one person is right in everything.
Only a minority of couples – up to approximately 20 per cent – have attended relationship counselling and despite a traditional male view that couple counselling is “shameful” or “a sign of failure”, a growing number of men, especially of a younger age, are taking up the challenge.
Today most people realise that counsellors are like consultants. They facilitate a process and support you to make your own choices and decisions.
Many couples find counselling strengthens their relationship – sometimes making it healthier than it has ever been.
This simple example was regarding relationships in a social environment. Business relationships, anxiety and many more conditions can be assisted effectively, especially if counselling is utilised with other natural therapy modalities such as Nutritional Therapy, Bach Flower remedies and more.
Your next step could be the most important you will take towards improving your relationships, conquering your anxiety, reducing stress or building self confidence. Contact Centre of Health today and discuss with our practitioner Jim Wood how we can help you – or send us an email.