Counselling therapy in Wokingham, Berkshire
At our counselling practice in Wokingham, Berkshire we offer a range of counsellors and therapists to cater for all problems and needs.
Our counsellors work with couples or individuals to work through a wide range of problems such as stress, depression, trauma and self-worth issues.
What is therapy and counselling?
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
How will counselling make me feel?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions in the short term, so you may go through a period of feeling worse when you start but better in the long-run.
If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.
Will I feel better straight away?
Usually it will take a number of counselling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference.
Does counselling work for everybody?
Often counselling can help everyone in some way. It depends how long you keep going as it's a process that peels back layers to find the hidden truth.
Will I be able to have counselling that understands my cultural background?
Therapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. It should be possible to find an appropriate therapist for your needs.
Is all counselling the same?
No. There are different methods and approaches to therapy, and your chosen therapist will be able to talk to you about their particular method or approach. Its best to have a telephone conversation first to get a feel for a person and see if you can open and share yourself to them. Otherwise, a first meeting will definitely tell you if you can establish a connection with the therapist or not.
What types of counselling are there?
There are many different Types of therapy available. However, in general, research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is more important than the method they use.
Your choice of type of therapy may be limited depending on where you access it. If you have a preference over the type of therapy, you may choose to seek a private therapist.
Couples counselling is a popular way of sorting out differences before problems escalate and can end in a break-up or divorce. Our team of highly trained counsellors can help bridge differences between people in relationships to help them untangle their problems and understand their relationship better.
Gosia Lanigan - Psychotherpeutic Counsellor, MBACP Reg.
I believe feelings and emotions are like our senses; they are part of ourselves to make good use of to live fulfilling lives. They communicate to us crucial information about ourselves and our life circumstances and I believe they mustn’t be ignored.
I am passionate about our psychological health and well-being and committed to aid people on their way to achieve it.
Whether you are struggling with a form of DEPRESSION, STRESS & ANXIETY, BEREIEVEMENT & LOSS, RELATIONSHIPS, ABUSE, CULTURAL TRANSISSIONS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, or ILLNESS you can be assured I will work with you in a non-judgemental, confidential, and professional way.
I see adult clients (18 years of age and up) on a one-to-one basis for weekly 50-minute sessions in both long-term and short-term contracts.
I am fully qualified, registered, insured, and committed to an ongoing continuous professional development. To insure the highest standard of my service I am in regular supervision and personal therapy with professionals who adhere to the same or compatible Code of Ethics (BACP and UKCP).
I offer individual counselling in a compassionate and sensitive way. My training is integrative and humanistic drawing on various theoretical perspectives. Counselling may not be an easy process, sharing emotional and difficult situations and feelings can be daunting and as well as finding ways to change which may bring mixed feelings, but with my support along the way I believe counselling can lead to a better self-awareness, understanding and the way forward that is right for you.
I have experience working professionally and empathetically with bereavement, loss, trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm, relationship issues, sex, sexuality, self-esteem, confidence, personal development, work issues, health/ill health in open-ended or short-term counselling.
I am fully qualified, a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), fully insured and hold a current DBS. For more information please feel free to contact me on 07864 367383 or via email email@example.com
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) and work with teengagers and adults on an individual basis. I have experience and training in working with depression, anxiety, stress, anger, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence, life questions, personal development, self-harm, disordered eating.
I work with you to resolve any past experiences and to make sense of what you have witnessed or have been through. I also work in the present with you to resolve current problems. We can take a more thought focussed approach (problem solving, cognitive distortions, challenging beliefs) or emotion focussed (making sense of feelings, resolving hurt, working towards letting go of things that don’t serve you well any more). It’s likely that we’ll use both approaches to get you to where you want to be. My approach is adaptable and pulls from my integrated qualification and wide-ranging training which is useful in keeping up-to-date with current research, theories and approaches.
Sophie Horrox Humanistic Counsellor BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred)
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, this means that I work with several models of counselling, including Gestalt, Person- Centred and Existentialism. I studied counselling for over five years and as well as my private practice; I have experience working within the NHS, mental health charities and youth settings. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I hold enhanced DBS Disclosure. I offer one to one, short and long term, counselling to Adults and Young People from the age of 12.
The relationship that is built between Counsellor and Client is integral to the therapeutic process; creating a good working relationship is the glue that holds the process together. I aim to offer a space in which you will feel safe to explore any issues that are troubling you and the opportunity to work on personal development. I will meet you with empathy, unconditional acceptance and bring myself into each session to create the environment in which therapeutic change can occur.
The therapy that I offer is based around gaining awareness, for I believe that with true self-awareness we can overcome any obstacles that we face. Through the exploration of past, present and future, with an emphasis on how you are affected in the here and now, you can begin to break down unhelpful coping strategies and discover a path that is of your own choosing.
Kirsty Elliott-Walker (MBACP Registered Counsellor)
Life can be tricky and struggling to keep your head above water can enhance overwhelming feelings. Perhaps it may lead you down a path of isolation, loneliness and the possibility of embarrassment that may prevent you from reaching out to family and friends.
Finding a counsellor can be daunting and I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is key for therapeutic change. I encourage my clients to safely explore any issues bought into therapy in an attempt to gain a greater understanding, begin to heal and grow within an environment that is non-judgemental. Collaboratory, we can create a safe place that you feel comfortable whilst being led by your needs.
I have had the privilege of working alongside both young people and adults giving me valuable experience within these different age groups. I have witnessed their growth and development despite, in many cases having a number of challenges to overcome. This leads me to believe in our capacity to heal, grow, and achieve our potential.
I have a keen interest in creative work and using metaphors. I believe this way of working can contribute towards feelings coming to the surface without having to verbalise them.