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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

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.

Jeanette Ely

Jeanette ElyI 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 info@jeanetteely-counselling.co.uk

Paolo Imbalzano - Psychotherapist CTA(P), UKCP Registered, MBACP Registered

Paolo ImbalzanoI am a qualified psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P), a UKCP registered psychotherapist adhering to the UKCP Code of Conduct, and a BACP Registered Member (MBACP) abiding to the BACP New Ethical Framework Values, Principles and Moral Qualities.

The type of Relational Psychodynamic Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy that I practice integrates humanistic, psychodynamic, relational and cognitive-behavioural approaches. I also use elements of mindfulness meditation, exploration of bodily experiences (important to make sense of experiences which cannot be verbalised), and adopt a contemporary model for the treatment of psychological trauma. Furthermore, I am currently training in Advanced Trauma Treatment Psychotherapy.

Safety and confidentiality of the therapeutic process are key concerns of mine. As we work together you can be reassured that I will be with you in a non-judgmental and compassionate way.

I work with individuals (16 years old and older), couples and groups, and offer short, medium and long term/open ended treatments.

I treat clients with a variety of conditions e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc.

You can contact me via call or text for a free 20 minute consultation 07803 049039 or visit www.presentingpast.co.uk

Augustine Tun

Augustine TunYou may be experiencing painful feelings, feel lost, lonely, betrayed, or are going through a time of crisis such as a relationship breakdown or bereavement. Life can bring about complex feelings, from stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, guilt, shame to general feelings of low mood. They may be overwhelming, debilitating and negatively impact your health and well-being.

Whatever your situation we will work together towards a relationship of trust where you can talk and will be listened to without judgement and with acceptance and sensitivity in a safe and confidential space.

I work with adults and young people; using a combination of Humanistic and Psychodynamic therapeutic models to meet your individual needs we will explore past experiences, life choices, values, and how you perceive yourself and experience the world. Through the therapeutic process you can achieve a greater insight and understanding of your situation, and see change in yourself and your relationships.

I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). As such I am bound by their Code of Ethics and will adhere to their guidelines. This requires that I receive regular supervision, personal therapy, and on-going professional development.

Please feel free to get in touch by email (augustine@augustinetuncounselling.co.uk) or phone (07746 633 182) if you would like to find out more or book an introductory session.

Gosia Lanigan - Psychotherpeutic Counsellor, MBACP Reg.

Gosia LaniganI 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).

If you have any questions about counselling or would like to arrange an appointment, please contact Gosia on 07725 941231 or email wokinghamcounselling@gmail.com.

Michael Lipo

Michael LipoI 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.

For a free phone consultation contact me on 07585119298 (text or call) or email me on michaellipo@gmail.com. My website is michaellipocounselling.com

Amreeta Chapman

Amreeta ChapmanI started my journey by graduating with a Masters in clinical psychology twenty years ago. Since then I have trained as an integrative counsellor, using solution focused therapy, CBT and schema therapy in my counselling; I have also trained as a hypnotherapist to help people with symptom relief from insomnia, anger, anxiety or phobias. In 2016, I trained as a trauma therapist to work with PTSD, borderline disorders and other complex traumas, like sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Over the years, I have discovered my clients (as young as 7 years old to as old as 76 years old) come from two different categories: one set of client wants relief from their symptoms and will choose hypnotherapy and be willing to complete hypnotherapy in 8-10 sessions. The other set of client wishes relief from their symptoms as well - anxiety or anger or depression -but they want to understand the roots of their problems, they wish to develop self-awareness and self-mastery as well as mastery of the symptoms; These clients will choose counselling/psychotherapy and work around 15-20 sessions; those clients who have had been chronically suffering from anxiety attacks or depressive episodes over the years may need 30+ sessions as along with the above they need help with key skills to activate them and help them find their place in society, create/concretise their friend circle or find a decent job that brings them satisfaction.

For more information on any of the above that resonated with you, why not give me a call on 07861 293 634 or email me amreeta.chapman@gmail.com and have a free phone consultation?

Annette Lark Pyschodynamic Counsellor MA, PGDIP, MBACP

Annette LarkI have a Masters Degree and an accredited post graduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling from the University of Reading. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to the BACP's ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. I have over 13 years experience providing confidential and professional counselling to adults and young people (age 12+) in the local area. I work with people for an agreed time period or on an open-ended basis.

Previous to working in private practice I worked in the NHS, within a large GP surgery, seeing adults with a wide range of difficulties. I have worked within charities, helping clients who have experienced addictions as well as for a young person’s counselling agency. I have also worked as a school counsellor.

I am experienced helping clients who have had difficulties with stress, anxiety, depression or a general feeling of unhappiness, relationships (whether with a partner, family or in the workplace) or going through a crisis or life transition. I am also experienced at helping with bullying and other forms of abuse, loss or bereavement, eating disorders, lacking feelings of self-worth, confidence or addiction related issues, among other difficulties. This is not an exhaustive list.

I understand that deciding to start counselling can be a big step but I believe it is one that can lead to lasting change in the way that you live your present life, enabling you to live it more freely and fully.

I find it useful to spend a few minutes on the phone to find out who you are and what brings you to counselling and to arrange an initial consultation with no further obligation. Please either contact me on 07502 577397 or email on annette@larkcounselling.com.