Therapy

What is Counselling & how does it work?

I am a Registered, Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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What is Counselling?

The overall aim of Counselling is to provide the opportunity for you to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.

Counselling is not about rescuing, but about empowering and enabling you to decide what, if any, changes you may wish to make in your life. It offers an opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, hopes and concerns in a safe and confidential setting.

There are many reasons why people come for counselling, as it focuses on the problems of living that we all face at different stages of our lives; for example, some clients I see are experiencing relationship difficulties, or making the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Sometimes work life is stressful, or raising children.

Many clients want to look at issues around sexuality, race or culture. Bereavement and depression or anxiety issues are frequently explored and I also work with clients living with long term or life threatening illness, for example HIV/AIDS.

Some people come because they simply feel dissatisfied or stuck in their lives, others because they want to work through issues that have troubled them for many years.

Counselling is a process which takes time and commitment. I hope that we can work together for as long as you feel necessary. Many issues can be resolved in short-term work, whilst others may require longer-term therapy.

How is it different to Psychotherapy?

There has been much debate, over many years about the difference between counselling and psychotherapy, and professionals are unable to reach agreement on a definition for either activity that clarifies this. Broadly speaking, many therapists consider that psychotherapy refers to longer-term, more ‘in-depth’ work, although such therapy may be carried out by suitably experienced counsellors and psychotherapists alike.

The BACP’s definition is ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or longer term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’

In my opinion, what a therapy is called is much less important than whether my clients find it helpful. I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years experience in short-term and longer-term, more complex issues. If you feel that counselling / psychotherapy may be helpful for you, please contact me.

How Counselling Works

There are many different theoretical approaches to counselling. The approach I use is Person-Centred.
I believe that each of us has the inner resources to fulfil our true potential, and that, given the right environment, we can bring about the changes and healing we need in our own lives.

I will not tell you what to do, or give advice, but will aim to provide a safe and confidential place in which you can talk about yourself, your problems, concerns and hopes, and where you can decide what, if any, changes you may wish to make in your life. I will endeavour to help you in this process in a way that is supportive and empowering. I hope that you will come to feel comfortable, trusting and sufficiently supported to bring any issues you may wish to explore.

I find that, although I would always describe my approach as ‘Person-Centred’, I work slightly differently with each new client I meet. I endeavour to respect the specific needs and personal culture of each individual.

Counselling is a process which takes time and commitment. I hope that we can work together for as long as you feel necessary. Many issues can be resolved in short-term work, whilst others may require longer-term therapy.

Online Counselling

For many people, accessing therapy face to face can be problematic for any number of reasons. It may be difficult because of geographic location, mobility issues, limited time, childcare, or it may simply feel too daunting to meet a counsellor in person. I have found that in such circumstances it is very possible to build a warm and trusting relationship online.

I have undertaken significant training in working in a range of online methods of communication and can offer you online counselling ‘live’, by video platform or Instant Messaging (Skype/VSee/Zoom) or by email exchange (where we don’t have to be online at the same time). You can choose whichever option you prefer. More details about these options can be found on the working online page of this website.

The length of a video or Instant Messaging session is 50 minutes. I also allow up to 10 minutes following the end of the therapy session for us to book future appointments or deal with any other administration, so please allow up to 60 minutes for your appointment.

My online counselling fee is £60 per session (or email exchange of 650 words).

If online counselling is of interest to you, then please do view the information on my working online page or simply contact me and request your free introductory appointment.

 

Person-Centred Approach

The Person-Centred Approach was developed by Carl Rogers.

At the very heart of this approach is the basic trust in human beings and their ability to find within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their view of themselves and their basic attitudes, if they are provided with the right environment in which to do so. This environment is created by three 'Core Conditions' being present; congruence (or genuineness), acceptance, and empathy.

In all counselling, a good relationship between client and counsellor is essential. This is vital in the Person-Centred Approach, because it does not use techniques, but instead relies on the personal qualities of the therapist to build a non-judgmental and empathic relationship, which enables you to move towards fulfilment of your personal potential.

If you would like to know more, please see the British Association for the Person Centred Approach BAPCA website.

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Appointment Information

I offer all new clients a short initial session free of charge. The aim is to allow you an opportunity to find out more about me, how I work and if I'm the right Therapist for you. If you would like to make an appointment please contact me to check availability. Future sessions are charged at my standard rate. Please click here to view information about my standard fees.

Call 07772 290 986

If I can’t take your call then please leave a voicemail or send me a text. I will be happy to return your call as soon as I am available.

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Online Chat & Video Calls

Please click here to find out how you can contact me online, using tools like Skype, Zoom and VSee Messenger.

Send Me A Message

Please use the contact form on this page to send me a free message. Alternatively you can email me directly at s.uttingsimon@btinternet.com

Office Location

I have a very pleasant therapy room, located in Churwell, South Leeds (just 4 miles from the City Centre). The full address will be made available to you when you book your first face to face appointment.

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