Welcome to Benfleet Counselling
Thank you for taking the time to visit this site, at Benfleet Counselling we hope you find the information provided informative and helpful.
Counselling is the first positive step in the right direction. Seeking counselling isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to explore their problems and feelings in a safe, confidential environment without the fear of being judged.
Benfleet Counselling provide an opportunity for yourself, or someone close to you, to explore problems or concerns with an independent professional counsellor.
Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of Benfleet, the therapy room which I am able to offer you is a quiet and comfortable space. This way you are able to explore your deepest thoughts and emotions in a relaxed environment.
How can Benfleet Counselling help?
Here at Benfleet Counselling we will help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable. Through a variety of therepeutic techniques we can help you whichever stage of your life you are at. Remember, no problem is too small. It is perfectly normal to feel apprehensive about therapy, but it could be the small leap needed to take to get your life back in order.
A counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They are not there to give you advice but they are there to guide you in finding the answers. It is difficult for one to help themselves through difficult times, but with the help of a counsellor you are able to reprocess, retrain, or simply see things through a different perspective. This enables you to put potential difficult memories or experiences behind you so you can begin to move forward.
Benfleet Counselling can help you to:
- cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
- cope with redundancy or work-related stress
- deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your ambitions
- deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
- understand yourself and your problems better
feel more confident
- develop a better understanding of other people’s points of view
Counselling however, is a two way committment, a counsellor can try all the techniques out there, but if the person receiving treatment is resistant this may hinder the desired results. To overrcome this, the client will need to be 100% committed and work with the therapy.
Here at Benfleet Counselling we recommend a minimum of 6 – 8 sessions to get the most out of your therapy, with a review after 6 – 8 sessions to see whether any more would be beneficial.
What to expect from counselling
During your counselling sessions, you will be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions freely. By discussing your concerns, the counsellor can help you to gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems.
The counsellor may encourage you to identify issues and, if appropriate, take personal responsibility for them. They will be able to help you recognise the effects of other people and their actions, and explore alternative ways of coping with them.
Not everyone will have someone they are completely confortable in talking about all of their emotions with. Therefore, it will be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution, without the potential of judgement.
A counsellor is able to listen, without any prior preconceptions which otherwise might be apparent with personal relationships.
Trusting your counsellor
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes) and are impartial. They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you have that may be affecting your life.
Counsellors aim to provide a setting where you are free to talk safely without fear of rejection, criticism or blame. Together you will look at how past experience and current behaviours may be linked. This therefore allows you the space to: explore your thoughts and feelings about yourself, look at how you relate to others and find your own answers.
As a result you can:
- improve your self esteem and relationships with others
- get more out of life
- approach issues in a more objective manner
- cope better and generally look forward to your future in a far more positive way.
What is counselling used for?
- Low Self Esteem
- Anger Management
- Carer Support
- Low Self Confidence
- Work related stress
- Career Support
Counselling is offered to adults, teenagers and children.
Play therapy and art therapy is also used when counselling young children as they are not always able to express themselves verbally.
Benfleet Counselling provide the following approaches:
- Humanistic/Person Centred
- Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- Play Therapy for Children and Young People
- Art Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- EMDR Therapy
If you need someone to talk to and someone to listen to you, counselling is for you. We are here for you, not to give you advice but to help you find the answers. Please click here to get in contact
I chose to have EMDR because I had a lot of issues I hadn’t been able to put behind me and could not get them out of my mind. I found EMDR to be a sucessand it helped me put a lot of my unresolved issues to rest and I was able to move forward with my life. After I had EMDR I found that everything was up, up up from there.
In February this year I had a road traffic collision and at the time tried to deal with the injuries of the person who I was in collision with while calling the emergency services. To cut the story short I started to suffer flashbacks and sleepless nights so it was suggested that I visited a psychologist for an assessment, I was advised that I would benefit from some EMDR sessions, at first I was a bit sceptical but after my first visit to my counsellor I decided to embrace the sessions and see what happened. My counsellor explained all about the treatment until I was fully aware of what we may endure over the next few sessions. The next three weeks were totally amazing I was taken back to the vision of things around the collision and what emotions I felt at the time, shedding a few emotional moments I genuinely could feel the anger and negativity releasing from my body and positive emotions coming into my thoughts. I know I still have more to get out of my sessions but I am totally amazed how this treatment has worked so far.