Counselling Services

Cath Henshall counsellorCounselling provides an opportunity to acknowledge and address those times in our lives when we experience disturbing thoughts, feelings and behaviours that seem to have no end or solution in sight. It is a service offered to people in distress or in some degree of confusion who wish to discuss and resolve these issues in a relationship which is more disciplined and confidential than friendship.

Occasionally there are circumstances to explain our actions, such as bereavement or illness, yet at other times we may have no idea why we think and feel the way we do; all we know is our lives have become trying, troubled or even seem too much to bear. Counselling can help you explore and clarify your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so you can arrive at your own decisions.

My role is to provide a safe and trusting environment for you to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. For by discovering more about yourself you will be encouraged to find your own solutions and implement them.

I do not impose my own values or beliefs upon my clients but as a Christian I feel I am well placed to offer counselling from a Biblical perspective should you indicate a wish for this. I am committed to providing a safe, therapeutic environment for my clients.

Successful counselling can help us to:

  • Understand the origins and development of emotional difficulties that will lead to an increased capacity to take rational control over feelings and actions.

  • Become better able to form and maintain meaningful and satisfying relationships with other people: for example within your family or workplace.

  • Become more aware of thoughts and feelings that had been blocked off or denied, or develop a more accurate sense of how you are perceived by others.

  • Develop a positive attitude towards oneself and an ability to acknowledge areas of experience that had been the subject of criticism and rejection.

  • Find a solution to a specific problem that you had not been able to resolve alone.

  • Enable you to acquire ideas and techniques with which to understand and control your behaviour.

  • Learn and master social and interpersonal skills such as maintenance of eye contact, conversational skills, assertiveness, or anger control.

  • Modify or replace irrational beliefs or thought patterns associated with self-destructive behaviour.

  • Work on skills, awareness, and knowledge that will enable you to take control of your own life and to help you to make amends for previous destructive behaviour.

  • To learn relaxation techniques to deal with anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and fears following traumatic experiences.

The above are indications of issues counselling can resolve given time and commitment from both counsellor and client.