Services we offer PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING
Life can throw numerous events at people which can be experienced as difficult and demanding. These periods in life can often feel overwhelming and distressing leading to hopelessness, anger and frustration. Counselling and Psychotherapy can offer support and guidance in being able to manage your own way through challenging times. The aim of therapy is to enable you to manage relationships, conflicts and life in general, without feeling distressed or alone.
Here at CHaT there is a commitment to offering a safe, calm, nurturing and supportive environment, advocating reflection, exploration and an insight into a more relaxed and peaceful way of being. We will provide the space for you to discuss, offload and unburden negative feelings without judgement but with empathy and honesty. By discussing and often resolving personal issues, phobias, negative thought processes and emotional difficulties, you will be able to gain a greater control over your emotions and start to live a more stable and calm life.
ISSUES WE CAN HELP WITH
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Hello, I’m David Wright
Counsellor in North East Lincolnshire
My name is David Wright and I have a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Psychology which includes Mindfulness and Transpersonal Psychology. I have a degree (with Honours) in Counselling studies. I also have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and have a wide range of experience of working with mental health issues.
I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and empathic way of being.
I previously spent 22 years in the Armed Forces, with tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, and can work with serving and former members of the military as well as their families or friends that require support.
Hello, I’m Amanda Woodhouse
Counsellor in North East Lincolnshire
My name is Amanda Woodhouse. I am a professional, qualified counsellor with a BA (honours) Degree in Counselling Studies & Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have a wide range of experience working with Mental Health & Emotional issues with people aged 16 years & onwards.
My previous experience includes counselling for the NHS & an organisation in Grimsby providing Health & Social Care to the community. For the past 3 years I have counselled students aged 16 years & upwards at a local College & University.
I offer a non-judgemental & emphatic way of being, enabling the client to talk freely & confidentially about any issues or concerns they are having, no matter how big or small.
Aims of Counselling
The aim of Person-centred counselling is to offer individuals with an opportunity to understand themselves and develop a sense of self where they can accept how their attitudes, feelings and behaviours can be affected and hopefully discover their true potential in safe, confidential, comfortable, non-judgemental surroundings and environment, with the therapist being genuine, offering empathy, whilst not giving advice, directions or personal views.
Instead, empowering the client to discover their own solutions to the issues in their lives.
Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including:
• Anxiety and stress
• Bereavement and loss
• Carer responsibilities
• Eating disorders
• Health issues • Major life changes
• OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
• Phobias and fears
• Redundancy and work issues
• Relationship difficulties
We offer an integrative approach to counselling that is open ended:
Integrative Counselling: Integrative counselling uses various techniques from a wide range of Counselling approaches and models in order to offer the client the best possible service.
Open ended counselling: We mainly provide open ended counselling, a therapy which proceeds at the client’s own pace. This allows the client time and space to gradually develop insight into the root cause of their concerns. Clients continue in therapy for as long as they want, which can range from months to years. Open ended counselling is delivered by counsellors who are fully qualified with a degree in Counselling Studies.
Some counsellors will incorporate CBT as part of other therapies, but it only suits some personalities and some situations. CBT can be extremely useful. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves learning skills for overcoming behaviours, habits or reactions that are “making things worse”. This could be learning ways to overcome panic attacks or stress, for avoiding the triggers for overeating or even from entering into unsuitable relationships.
However, used on its own it is usually unhelpful for bereavement, loss or a recent trauma. It would for instance not be used for someone coming to terms with a bereavement, but it may become helpful at a later time.
Our aim is to offer you a first appointment, known as an assessment session within 1-2 weeks.
However, waiting times will vary according to pressure on our resources, your own availability and the service you seek.
What does counselling offer?
We offer a non-judgemental way of being, enabling the client to speak confidentially about any issues or concerns that they may have. It is the client who is the expert on themselves, therefore we aim to assist the client in understanding their beliefs and accepting who they are, and we will listen, without giving advice or opinions and simply help the client to feel accepted and to accept themselves.
what to expect
The aim is to help you find better ways to understand yourself, or to bring about changes to help you manage the way you think or behave to improve your mental and emotional well-being.
We provide counselling for individuals on a short or long term basis. This means you may either engage in counselling for as long as you require or choose to be allocated a set amount of sessions with specific goals in mind.
When you make contact with CHaT, you can discuss the counselling you prefer or if you are unsure you can ask when you come in for your assessment. We seek to ensure that everyone sees one of our counsellors within two weeks of enquiry.
In the first session you will meet your counsellor for the first time. Sessions last for 50 minutes, and take place in a quiet room with just two of you present. A number of things will be covered such as confidentiality and session timings..