By: Next Step Therapy  17/03/2016
Keywords: Counselling, personal development, Depression

Frequently, people who are experiencing emotional distress or suffering can find it difficult to reach out and ask for help. This is particularly true for those affected by addiction and abuse. Yet, the fact of reaching out, of asking for help from another human being, is the start of a journey of healing. Once contact has been made, this journey can continue. Therapy is an effective place to do this. I see my therapy room as a sacred space where people can talk about things they usually don’t talk about. I approach therapy with an attentive reverence and an attitude of kindness and compassion. Have a look on my website to read about my qualifications and experience as a therapist. Have a look at the statements below. Are any of them true for you? Do you recognise any of them? Are you aware of any strong thoughts or emotions as you read them? All these are much more common than you might think. There is no need to struggle on alone. The process of therapy is to offer a safe place to explore these thoughts, attitudes, feelings, moods or behaviours and to experience someone who listens and supports you . It’s also an opportunity to eventually change the habits of a lifetime. Do you feel lonely; a bit lost; unsure of yourself; low in mood; feel that others don’t understand or appreciate you? Do you feel jumpy, nervous or shy; do you blush easily? Do you feel used by others; have feelings of anger but cannot express them? Do you feel that the world is a scary or hostile place? Do you feel angry all the time, have outbursts of anger or rage; are you or have you been aggressive or violent? Do you find it hard to make or keep friends or to get along with other people? Do you feel that you have lots to say but that nobody ever listens or that people do not seem to hear you? Do you feel sad, in low mood, little energy? Do you feel that you have nothing important to say or that life is not worth living. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to help you deal with uncomfortable moods or feelings? Do you feel bad about yourself after using more alcohol or other drugs than you intended.? If you feel that you would like to engage with my service, please contact me and we can meet for a screening and assessment session. This is to allow you to get to know me and get the “feel” of me and for me to get to know you and to gauge how I can help to. In this session, I will talk about the different forms of therapy I carry out and we can explore my contract. I will also ask you some questions about yourself and you can ask me any questions you need to ask.

Keywords: Addictions, Alcohol Use, behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, communication skills, Counselling, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counselling And Psychotherapy, counselling service, counselling services, Depression, Depression Counselling, Panic Attacks, personal development, Psychotherapy Services, relationship counselling, Stress Counselling, Trauma & PTSD