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Psychotherapy and Counselling

I believe the key to therapy is the relationship, together we will build one of trust, respect and collaboration.

Intention Setting

The outcomes you would like to achieve through psychotherapy or counselling.

Relationships

The issues affecting your domestic/romantic relationships through to friendships, work relationships and wider family systems.

Stress Management

Techniques to adapt your lifestyle and develop personalised coping mechanisms.

Life can be overwhelming and it can get hard to see a clear path through.

We all need a bit of help sometimes

Speaking to a professional in a safe and confidential environment can provide just the support you need to remove the barriers to living a fulfilling life.

Whether you’re feeling frustrated in your personal life, relationships or career, talking it through can open up new perspectives and insight, and enable you to move forward in a way that feels right for you.

 

As a psychotherapist, my priority is building a trusting and co-operative relationship with you in which we can explore the behaviours, relationships, and limiting beliefs that are causing you pain and holding you back, bringing you greater peace-of-mind.

I offer individual long-term psychotherapy and short- term counselling to help support you to work through issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, lack of confidence, trauma, emotional regulation and harmful behaviours.

We work collaboratively to build your sense of self-worth and capacity for self-compassion in a safe and confidential environment.

Counselling and psychotherapy have many similarities and some differences. Read the following to gain some insight into which you think will suit you best

 

Gaining perspective and finding peace can be hard when you go it alone, but you don’t have to.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy will provide a safe environment for you to share your thoughts and concerns, and work towards helping you manage challenging emotional patterns and habits in more depth. Focusing on how your emotions and behaviour might be impacted by experiences you encountered growing up – as a child or young adult. This offers you some insight into how these experiences have shaped who you are today.

I place emphasis on creating a space for you to feel comfortable to recognise and share your difficult emotions and experiences, in order that they can be fully processed, and ultimately, released. For this reason, psychotherapy is once a week and generally a more long-term process (6 months to several years), allowing you the time and space to fully open-up.

Whilst counselling is more focused on helping you with symptoms (anxiety, stress, difficulties sleeping etc.), psychotherapy also deals with mental health conditions that have developed over a longer period of time such as depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.

Frequently asked questions

How long will therapy/counselling last?

At least six to eight sessions. Some people come to therapy to explore issues that run a little deeper and might engage in therapy for several months or even years.

Recent research indicates that on average 15 to 20 sessions are required for 50 percent of clients as indicated by self-reported symptom measures.

At our first session we will agree an initial time frame and review that as our work proceeds.

How long does each session last?

Our sessions last 50 minutes. We will start and end at the same time, on the same day each week (unless otherwise agreed).

How much does it cost?

Daytime (8am – 4pm) £40 per session

Evening (5pm -8pm) £50 per session

You can pay by card, cash or cheque on the day or block book and pay a few weeks in advance.

Can therapy make things feel worse?

Some people do report feeling worse before they feel better. For a lot of people, the root of the issues they are bringing to therapy are somewhat out of their awareness, in order to improve things those issues may become more conscious and you may feel worse.

As with our physical self, if we cannot feel the pain of an injury we may not take action to heal it, so with emotional issues, if we cannot feel it we cannot help it to get better and it will affect our behaviour, relationships and choices.

What is counselling?

Counselling generally looks at what’s happening to you in the present. This could be difficulties at work/home, one specific traumatic event such as a bad break-up or losing your job, or even just feeling more stressed than usual.

We will look at your immediate presenting symptoms and behaviour (such as feeling more anxious than usual) and how that’s impacting your life, rather than delving deeper into your childhood or past.

Looking at these symptoms, we will focus on equipping you with workable, short-term tools that can help you break out of negative thoughts and habits. Counselling normally has a shorter duration, lasting anywhere from just six sessions, and rarely more than six months of treatment.

Useful contacts for out-of-hours and urgent support

Samaritans

24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
jo@samaritans.org 
samaritans.org
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA.
Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.

Childline

0800 1111
childline.org.uk
Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

The Mix

Daytime (8am – 4pm) £40 per session

Evening (5pm -8pm) £50 per session

You can pay by cash or cheque on the day or block book and pay a few weeks in advance.

NSPCC

Helpline (adults): 0800 800 5000
Helpline (children and young people): 0800 1111
help@nspcc.org.uk
nspcc.org.uk
Specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.

Papyrus

Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
papyrus-uk.org
Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.

Family Lives

Parenting and family support. Formerly Parentline Plus

Helpline: 0808 800 2222
familylives.org.uk
Support to anyone parenting a child.

My Approach

My approach is Integrative, which means I draw from a few modalities to bring a broad range of understanding to aspects of your life which may be causing you issues.

My theoretical integration draws from Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis.

I work creatively with talking therapies, sessions may include therapeutic writing, mindfulness practices, meditation, visualisation or guided relaxation. Helping to build resilience, tolerance levels, and develop coping mechanisms to deal with anxiety, depression and stress.

My approach is humanist/existential, which means that I believe that people are born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with other human beings and lead a satisfying and creative life. However, often during childhood and sometimes later, something interrupts this process and the person becomes stuck in fixed patterns and beliefs about themselves that get in the way.

The therapeutic process aims to investigate and uncover how these patterns are still active and affecting a person’s present life. I hope to assist you to find new and more creative ways to resolve the problem or crisis you are facing

How It Works

Phone call

We will have an initial free phone consultation to ascertain your needs and availability.

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Meet

We meet for an initial session to explore how psychotherapy or counselling might work for you.
We sign a contract agreement to work together.

Collaborate

We meet weekly at the same time and place for 50 minutes each session for as long as agreed necessary.

All session content is kept entirely confidential and any notes anonymised and kept in a secure place.

Start changing your life today

Get in touch to have a chat about which approach is best suited to your needs and to book a consultation.
07790 027 382
hello@bethwhiting.com

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