Counselling and Psychotherapy in Beaconsfield
BACP registered and experienced counsellor within easy reach of M40 and near Amersham, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, High Wycombe, and Marlow.
Offering counselling and psychotherapy to individual adults for issues of anxiety, depression, feeling sad, family issues, separation and divorce, low self-esteem, bereavement and trauma.
Welcome, I'm Karen, and I hope you'll find the information you're looking for on my site. Feel free to contact me if you have a question that you don't see covered and I'll be happy to answer your query.
I appreciate it can be daunting trying to find the right counsellor to support you professionally. l offer an initial session for you to meet with me, to help you decide if I might be the right person for you; there's no charge for this appointment if you decide not to continue. You're also welcome to have a brief telephone consultation with me at no charge, if you're unsure and would like speak with me before deciding to book a session.
You're probably reading this because you're seeking professional help due to challenges which are affecting your wellbeing. The mental health organisation, Mind, reports that 1 in 4 of us in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In any given week in England,1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression.
Most of the time we can work through these difficult periods using our resources and with the support of others. When this is either not enough, or not available to us, or when the issues have built up over a long period of time, it can help to talk to a trained professional. A therapist can provide the support, confidentiality and understanding to enable us to safely explore and gain insight into our issues and restore a sense of equilibrium.
I specialise in working with individual adults who might be looking for either short-term counselling or longer-term psychotherapy. The difference between counselling and psychotherapy can be confusing; they can be used interchangeably and there's often an overlap between the two.
In brief, counselling is generally short-term, where there is a specific issue to address. This might be a life event or crisis such as adjusting to a bereavement or divorce, or where there is a specific problem to resolve. Clients seeking counselling are often looking to learn additional coping strategies to help manage stress. Sometimes a change in behaviour may be beneficial, and therapy provides a safe, supportive space in which this can be explored.
Psychotherapy is longer-term, and focuses on a broader range of issues which have often built up over a long period of time. Psychological problems can interfere with our ability to feel good about ourselves and our relationships with others. An experienced counsellor/psychotherapist provides a safe, confidential environment, and will offer respect, empathy, and understanding, which enables a trusting relationship to develop. As this starts to happen, painful memories can be processed, old limiting beliefs can be changed, and new meaning can be found from past experiences.