Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Richmond upon Thames, (Barnes and Richmond) West London - Beccy Lindsay
What is therapy and counselling?
Therapy offers you, or you and your partner, a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be frightening, upsetting or painful. It will help you to get listened to and to listen to each other, with a trained counsellor present to guide the process, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
I offer both short-term and long-term work. Short-term counselling offers the chance to focus on a particular difficulty or a selected target area. The approach I use is a combination of Psychodynamic and Humanist. For longer term counselling, this approach is suitable for exploring what is going on underneath the surface for you. By understanding what the symptoms you have are caused by, I can help you change these deeper structures; I do this work through our counselling relationship in a safe and confidential setting.
Therapy offers an opportunity to think about yourself or your relationship and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family and friends. I will offer a place and time which is just for you, to talk about those things that bother you. By listening to the way you feel and how this effects you and others, I will give you a chance to tell me about your life and a space to think about what is happening to you. Your session will be a chance for you to be accepted for the way you are and help you to make the changes that you would like to happen. I will help us to create a good understanding, so that we can work well together to improve such aspects as your confidence and self esteem. The trust we build will also help you to talk about problems that are not easy to talk about and allow you to express your feelings. I will work with you towards improving your self-esteem and/or your relationship, and your circumstances.
Our sessions will be confidential which means that I adhere to the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am a registered ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) member for protecting your privacy.
As an Integrative counsellor and therapist, I combine Psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood, and Humanistic therapy, which focus on self-development in the 'here and now'.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on an individual's unconscious thoughts and perceptions that have developed throughout their childhood, and how these affect their current behaviour and thoughts. Deeply buried memories or experiences may be causing you distress. These may have to do with issues like abuse, violence, addiction and bullying or they may have had to do with parental criticism and/or the feeling that you would not be able to meet a standard that seemed to be set for you, or satisfy the expectations of others.
Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'.
A video-link session or the environment of my counselling room offers you a Person-Centred approach, which means that we will focus on your self worth and values. Being valued for who you are, can help you to accept yourself, reconnect with yourself, and get your life, career and relationships back on track, or on track for the first time.
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