Counselling in Sheffield
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Counselling is one of the most popular services available at the Sheffield Wellness Centre. When you reach the point of wanting to help address particular thoughts or feelings that have been troubling you, speaking to a counsellor may really help.
Therapy—also known as counselling or psychotherapy—is about you having a space where you can feel comfortable and secure, enabling you to talk about your thoughts and feelings. Painful thoughts can be difficult to handle on your own, but when you work with an experienced professional, there is the potential to feel better both mentally and physically.
When you work with a trained therapist, you have the potential to increase self-awareness and improve your well-being. You may even find that counselling allows you to move forward with your life, seek new pleasurable activities, and transform yourself.
Frequently asked questions
What is counselling? How many sessions will I need? Want to learn more and get your questions answered?
What types of problems can counselling help?
Sheffield Wellness Centre's professional counsellors provide a range of counselling services to children, teens, adults, families, and couples. The scope of our practice includes, but is not limited to the following speciality areas:
- Work-related stress: Every job involves a certain degree of stress. From difficult bosses and working on tight deadlines, to fulfilling a challenging obligation, these stressors can sometimes be overwhelming. Our counsellors may be able to help you identify any underlying issues and develop ways to cope with these situations.
- Addiction: Individual counselling may help empower you to make changes in addictive behaviours.
- Low self-esteem: When you have low self-esteem, you may view yourself and the world around you negatively. You may feel unhappy and find it hard to cope with challenges when they arise. This condition can lead to depression, anxiety or other emotional or psychological implications. A professional counsellor may use compassion-focused therapy to help you let go of the self-blame that is often the cause of negative thoughts.
- PTSD: If you've been through a traumatic life event such as a serious accident, sexual assault, or combat exposure, talking about how you feel with a therapist may help you feel better. Sheffield Wellness Centre's professionals employ behavioural therapy such as cognitive therapy and exposure therapy to help you face both memories and situations that you find terrifying so that you can learn to cope with them effectively.
- Physical conditions: Apart from being beneficial to those who have been struggling mentally, counselling may also help with a physical health condition that's upsetting, such as work-related injuries that led to disabilities, loss of income, medical expenses or legal battles. Therapy can help you reduce stress that results from physical challenges.
- Eating disorders: Living with bulimia or anorexia is challenging as it can cause serious health consequences and may lead to death if left untreated. Counselling can help such individuals deal with their emotions and come to term with their intense fear of gaining weight.
- Grief or loss: If you've lost someone or something important to you, counselling may help you cope with grief or loss. Sheffield Wellness Centre has therapists who offer spaces in which you can safely share your thoughts and feelings about your bereavement.
- Emotional problems: Counselling can be beneficial if you've been feeling overwhelmed or experiencing strong emotions such as sadness, anger, or hopelessness. Therapy may also help if you're finding no joy in life or struggling to do things you used to do before.
Counselling takes place face-to-face and is confidential between you and the therapist. By talking about issues you're experiencing, you may find that the solution to your problems is right within you. Therefore, counsellors don't generally give advice, and they won't tell you what to do. Instead, they will guide you towards your own answers and solutions.
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Frequently asked questions about counselling
There are many many different styles and approaches when it comes to counselling but there have been studies that have shown that the rapport between you and your counsellor is more important that they type of therapy they practise.
A good therapist knows that it can be a big step to see counsellor. It is for this reason that a good counsellor will not push you into working with them. They will however provide you with information about who they are and how they work so that you can make an informed decision about whether you work with them or not.
Of the types of counselling available there are five main groups of psychological therapies.
- Behavioural therapies. These focus on behaviours and include approaches like CBT.
- Psychodynamic and psychoanalytical therapies. These approaches focus on relationship patterns that are believed to be based in childhood experiences and are expressed unconsciously.
- Humanistic therapies focus on the ‘here and now’ and aim to facilitate self-development.
- Arts therapies, use creative arts inside the process of therapy.
Couples counselling, as the name suggests, is focused on helping couples to change and improve their relationship.
Some counsellors stick rigidly to one particular style of therapy while some have an eclectic approach where they use different elements from different approaches in a more integrative form of counselling.
No is the short and honest answer. Talking about problems can be tough. That means that finding the motivation to continue to talk about things that are difficult means that sometimes people drop out of the process.
Also, therapy is not a cure-all so even if you do complete the process you may still not feel any better. Any therapist who guarantees change is acting in an unethical way and is likely not being honest with you.
It is hard to be definite about how different people will feel as a result of therapy as different people are different. For some people things can seem to get worse as a result of therapy. Talking openly and honestly with a therapist can bring up all sorts of thoughts and feelings that you may have been ignoring or running away from for some time. The plan is that in the long run that you feel more able to manage your life and your thoughts.
This will vary from person to person. Some people find that they feel better after just a few sessions, while others may take up to a year or more. However, the duration depends on the severity of your symptoms, how long you've been struggling with the problem, how much you can commit yourself to the therapy, and whether you want to future-proof the changes you make.
Still have questions? Read our free post “How Many Counselling Sessions Will I Need?”
The terms ‘therapist’ and ‘psychotherapist’ are sometimes used interchangeably as the two terms do overlap in many ways. One of our counsellors, Mat Pronger, has written a great blog post on why counsellor and psychotherapist are now interchangeable terms. You might find his information helpful.
One of the biggest differences between a counsellor and a psychotherapist is in the amount of time therapy lasts for. Counselling with a therapist is usually a brief treatment that focuses on behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy usually involves a more long term approach and aims to help clients develop deeper understanding of their difficulties through examination of their emotions and history.
A psychotherapist does offer a style of counselling to their clients but someone equally qualified might choose to call themselves a counsellor rather than psychotherapist.
- Aids in the identification of difficulties and issues and then focuses on what you can do to resolve them.
- It can be particularly well suited to those who already have an above average level of self awareness and/or a solution focused attitude.
- Counselling focuses on being a short term solution where behaviour changes and improvements are the focus.
- Focuses on psychological factors that have usually been an issue for a long time.
- It intends to increase your understanding of thoughts and feelings and understand how they may be having an impact on present behaviour.
- It can provide a safe space for you to talk on a regular basis and to explore difficult feelings.
For more detail on this question read our blog post "What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?"
Rapport is the sense of connection combined with a sense of trust and mutual understanding. If this is missing when you meet your counsellor you should choose to work with someone else. Addressing this can dramatically increase your chances of a positive outcome from therapy as rapport is very important.
Different counsellors charge different amounts. It could cost anywhere from £10 to £70 per session. This can depend on where abouts in the country you live, your employment status and the experience of the counsellor. Visit the Counsellors profile to find out their session prices.
Counselling is not the perfect solution for everyone. Some people don’t have the time or money for counselling and want an approach that is different. If this is you then maybe you might want to consider Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
A second alternative to counselling/psychotherapy is Hypnotherapy. This approach is often even quicker than CBT. A professional and experienced hypnotherapist might see a client for only three or four treatment sessions. The process often focuses on the future and about getting positive and appealing behaviours familiar and expected before the time for them to be needed arrives. In this way, when that situation develops the desirable behaviour is more likely to happen.
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