Inner Voice Counselling Service

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About Counselling

What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process that allows the individual to explore, reflect, challenge and where possible bring about change either within themselves or around the issues that have affected them. Counselling provides a safe non-judgmental environment whereby the client can work on the issues that are causing them concern or upset. It allows the client to come to their own conclusions and to find their own direction in which to move forward and deal with those issues. The counsellor is a facilitator for this process to occur, they do not give advice. The process usually occurs through talking, reflecting and exploring not only the issues, but understanding the clients beliefs, past history and understanding who they really are, occasionally other techniques other than talking are used this could involve play, art work and role play to name a few.


How Counselling could help you?
Counselling provides you with an opportunity for you to take a step away from those issues/concerns that are affecting your emotional well-being. It then allows you to take the time to look/explore those issues from a different perspective. It will allow you to safely challenge and question, not only the issues, but also to reflect and gain a deeper understanding of your self, discover who you really are. Then equipped with a greater understanding of all the related facts and information you can then go on to develop your own way of coming to terms with the choices that are around you, and to allow yourself to move forward in the direction of your choice.


What Problems Can it Help?

Counselling allows us to face and deal with manly of our everyday problems, such as :

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties: family, partners,work
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Abuse




    What Benefits can be Expected?

    Every one who comes to counselling will experience their own unique understanding of how counselling has benefitted them. For many it may be the first time that they have actually felt that they have been heard and understood. It is also possible that they will feel accepted for who they are, at least when they are in the session. As to the depth of the benefits that can only be gauged by the client, but it is also necessary for the client to acknowledge that this process may at times feel very difficult. The reason for this is, it's scary and sometimes painful getting in touch with ones true self and inner most feelings, and learning to accept oneself for who they are "warts and all". It involves honesty, trust and eventually acceptance. It can make one feel temporally worse before they start to feel better. For change to occur it is about understanding what needs to be changed and learning to let go of what does not work anymore and to embrace the future and what could work.


  • Depression

    When you suffer from depression, it feels like nothing can ever help, and nothing will ever change…

    That is what depression does to your thinking. It makes you feel certain that you can never feel happy again.

    It drains the pleasure from things you used to enjoy, makes you see everything through grey-tinted glasses and eradicates hope and energy.

    In short, depression is a parasite that feeds off your life.

    But when you know how depression works; what it needs to sustain it, then you start to gain power over it and hope starts to sprout again.

    I have been trained by Uncommon Knowledge in an approach to treating depression that focuses on getting you feeling better quickly.

    The very first thing we will do in our session together is to ensure you understand why you are feeling this way. It has a lot to do with the levels of stress you are currently experiencing, which leads to physical as well as mental exhaustion.

    Then I will work quickly to help you feel better by using deep relaxation with you. This is to prepare your brain to learn, because as you’ve probably noticed, depression makes it almost impossible to pay attention and retain information.

    When you leave my clinic after that first session, I would expect you to feel better than you have in a long time.

    But of course, depression doesn’t shift overnight.

    In the following sessions, we will work together to:

    reduce the amount of worrying and introspection you are doing
    resolve any practical problems that are causing you stress
    work on any relationship difficulties you may be having
    help you balance your thinking so you are not plagued by
    negative thoughts
    as you feel better, gradually introduce elements to your life that will protect you from becoming depressed again
    Depression can make you feel hopeless.

    But there is hope, and I think I can help.

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