Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching and Hypnotherapy in Nottingham
There are many reasons that you may be looking for Counselling/Psychotherapy. I have experience of working with
How can Counselling/Psychotherapy help?
"Neuroscience endorses counselling, and research is providing counsellors with scientific proof of the value of their work. The counselling relationship, has long been recognized as the most important catalyst for change, as it creates the fertile conditions for healing the damages created by stress and supporting the growth of new neural pathways fundamental to wellness and mental health".
"The science of psychotherapy.com"
Most people may think of Counselling and Psychotherapy as something you do when you are feeling depressed and suicidal. On the contrary is can be very helpful at times in life when you are looking for some clarity on where you are at and where you are going. Coaching skills are a helpful additional to Counselling skills and for me are just as important in allowing you to understand where you are going and not just where you have come from.
Anxiety (fear) and depression (sadness) are debilitating. However they are your bodies ways are trying to tell you something. You may be depressed because your needs, hopes and wishes have not been met, or anxious due to a traumatic event you may not even be aware of. Both of these are very treatable, and though you may not be able to live a life completely free from anxiety, you can certainly learn how to be more in control of it and therefore, less anxious.
What to expect
I understand that seeking help and support is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are feeling anxious and depressed. Its difficult to admit life isn't going so well, that you can't cope and need support. You can only do this when you feel ready. I understand that it may have taken some time for you to even get to this page. But you have, and hopefully, this is where your healing journey begins. Don't let feelings of anxiety and depression,panic and phobias hold you back any longer. I can imagine it has already taken enough from you.
Its not all about talking about your problems and whats going wrong. We want to focus on the positives as well and how we can make the future a more positive place for you to be in. Counselling is about growth and development and exploring who you are and what you need in life. We will look at the past but also focus on where you are now, your strengths and values and where you want to be. You will certainly come away from the experience of feeling much better than you did before you started Counselling, and knowing yourself better too.
Here are some Information Sheets
Anxiety self help guide
Coping with Social Anxiety
Depression Self Help Leaflet
Self Help for Phobias
Self Help Guide for Panic
The benefits of Counselling/Psychotherapy you may experience are;
Learn new coping skills.
Improve relationship and knowledge of self.
Increase your confidence and decision making skills.
Find relief from depression, anxiety, fear, phobias and emotional distress.
Build greater self esteem and self acceptance.
Ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits.
Better expression and management of emotions, including anger.
Since the world was hit by the Covid pandemic, most Counsellors we forced to go on line to continue to offer therapy. Surprising for most, it worked really well and recent research into the benefits of Online Counselling show that it is just as beneficial, if not more so in the long term, than face to face therapy.
It is of course important for us to have interaction with another human being and this is especially important in the therapy room, but these benefits can be felt in a virtual space just as much as in reality.
The benefits of online therapy are;
Convenience - you dont need to take time out for travelling and parking. It can fit into your day more easily.
More Relaxed - It can be helpful to be in your own environment and you may feel more relaxed and therefore less inhibited.
Travel - You may live in a rural area where travel is limited.
Privacy. You are not likely to bump into someone you know in the waiting area.
Cost - It may be cheaper to see your therapist online as there are no overheads of room rental.
Technical issues - as with all IT, there may be issues with connectively during the session and the sound might not be great.
Privacy - You may not be able to find a private area at home that you feel you won't be heard if you don't want to be.
Non-verbal ques - It can be more difficult for the therapist to pick up on non-verbal cues such as body language.
What happens next?
Things can begin to change very quickly in most cases. Counselling can be a very empowering experience and allow your to feel that you have more control over your life than you may realise, while giving you the confidence to make the changes you want to make.
Here is a safe space where you can just be you and feel comfortable sharing whatever part of you that you feel requires change, and the fact that you are reading this now would say you are ready for change. I would be honoured to support you on your journey to wellness and fulfillment. Please reach out to make contact using the buttons below.
There is still some stigma around Counselling and it is still seen by some as something that you do when you are feeling suicidal or have serious mental health problems. However, in my experience this is certainly not the case. I have found that the clients that come for Counselling are those that have the strength and courage to overcome their fears, to look at themselves and to make the necessary changes. t takes strength to admit you may be struggling and need some support. These are the strong ones, not in any way weak.
A little about me...
Initially on my therapy journey, i qualified as a Complimentary Therapist in 1998. Gaining diplomas in Reflexology, Massage, Aromatherapy and Diet and Nutrition. Over the years I worked in a Spa on Cruise Ships, in nursing homes, in businesses and within the local community.
In 2001, i completed a further Diploma in Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). I went on to enjoy many years of working with clients to not only relax them physically with Complimentary Therapies but also now mentally using hypnotherapy and guided imagery. This allows me to work with the client on a subconscious level to release anxiety, fears, phobias and so much more.
In 2016 I completed a BSc hons degree in Humanistic/Integrative Counselling and Psychotherpy. This further training helped me to better understand the deeper level of the issues that people were presenting for in Hypnotherapy and gave a broader scope to my work.
As a member of the BACP, I follow an ethical framework, take regular Supervision with a qualified Supervisor and continually undertake further training to broaden my knowedge and skills.
If you are interested in proceeding, please email me with information as to why you are seeking therapy and what you hope to gain from the process and whether you wish to have online or face to face, and I will be in touch to arrange the first session.
Sarah Lewin @ Inner Smile Therapies - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Nottingham
The Magnolia Therapy Centre, Nottingham, NG5 2EF
Ransom Wood Business Park, Mansfield NG21 0HJ
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