The Practice Rooms has become recognised as a major centre for counselling in it's centres across England.
There are more than 150 counselling practitioners working independently here; each has their own particular approach to counselling so please check their individual entries and, where possible, their websites.
(T) after the name of a counselling therapist denotes Trainee.
What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity to explore in a confidential setting issues and problems you may be struggling with. Counselling covers the spectrum of human difficulties from loss of meaning to bereavement, relationship and sexual dysfunction, phobias to addiction, offering the possibility, within a confidential setting, of reflecting on the choices of the past and the possibility of different choices for the future.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
According to the British Association of Psychotherapy, counselling aims to offer a neutral space for the patient or client to talk about problems. The act of talking about these with the counsellor often provides relief for the patient and can help them to look at things in a different way and to make decisions for change. Counselling tends to be supportive rather than challenging.
In psychotherapy and psychoanalysis the therapist will listen carefully to what the patient presents, at the same time paying attention to what is being communicated unconsciously, both verbally and in other ways, particularly in the relationship that develops between the patient and therapist. The term psychoanalysis is usually used to describe an intensive process in which the patient is seen four and five times a week.
National registers for psychotherapists and counsellors are maintained by three main umbrella bodies: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC – formerly the British Confederation of Psychotherapists).
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Solution-Focused Counsellor Catherine Mallorie shares her 5 tips on how to break old habits and succeed at your goals.
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The inclusive space
Counsellors open their doors to anyone who knocks; but who actually knocks? Inclusion is about equalising access and opportunity and eradicating discrimination and intolerance, says Omar Sattaur
Maria and Chanden of Nexus Counselling explore how joy and contentment weave in and out of our lives, and how we can stay true to ourselves as we move through those moments.
Counsellor Omar Sattaur explores inner joy and contentment through the ability to learn to love change.
Matt Hyde reflects on having a happy place to get through challenging times.
Counselling Psychologist, Nicole George, explores complex PTSD and how prolonged, repeated forms of bullying can link to this condition.
Psychotherapist Stuart Hannah explores the impact of bullying, and how to seek help.
Kim Swinden likens Menopause to Autumn, a time of change into unpredictability that bridges between what has gone before and what is up ahead in the second half of our lives.
Counsellor Catherine Flynn explores the inevitable changes experienced during menopause and the support counsellors offer during this life change.
Jessica Barber explores spirituality in the connections we make with other people and unexplainable coincidences.
Taken from John Snowden's own blog page, John explores our egos and how letting go of our mind and tuning into our feelings can help free us from the demands and stress of the modern world.
Sarah Lane (Counsellor) explores our inner critic and how to be more compassionate towards ourselves to help improve our self-esteem.
Susan Malone-Hoyle what self-esteem is and how to improve it, including a Self-Esteem Inventory worksheet.
Anne Duke looks at dealing with the Menopause and what can help women during this transitional period.
Maria and Chanden of Nexus Counselling explore the importance of sex during difficult times such as Covid-19.
Ben Jones (Counsellor) explores the portrayal of men as hardened individuals who must strive to perform, the threat this can place on their mental health, and how therapy can help men explore deeper within themselves.
Hermione Brown looks into what addiction is, the difference between a habit and an addiction, and breaking free from addiction.
Psychotherapist, Hermione Brown, explores our mind - body connection and how we can listen to our bodies to gain insight into our stresses and troubles.
Counsellor, Martin Alderton, reflects on his client's experience of parenting in a pandemic.
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Getting to know one of our practitioners, Katrina Allen who practices as a sex therapist and psychotherapist in Sheffield.
As part of a professional response to the current unprecedented crisis, the Help Hub are seeking qualified psychotherapists and counsellors to provide an online or telephone service to those in urgent need of emotional support.
We have therapists specialising in Counselling at the following centres....