Burnley Counselling Services
Psychotherapy & Counselling
I offer various talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), techniques from Cognitive Analytical (CAT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and transpersonal therapy. Your treatment plan may also use art therapy or journal therapy (keeping a diary of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour).
Counselling can also help if you are finding a current situation difficult to deal with and don't know what best action to take for example, bullying at work, redundancy or ending a relationship.
You know the guy with the high profile who says he can "change your life" with hypnosis? Well, he can't and neither can I ! There is a common misconception that hypnotherapy involves planting a "suggestion" into your mind and all of your difficulties magically disappear.
Hypnotherapy is actually a form of psychotherapy, the "hypno" part just means that you are in a very relaxed state and one where the conscious mind is less active. You aren't asleep and we will be talking through most of the session.
It can involve visualisation and mental rehearsal to help with public speaking, exam stress, sports performance and the like. It can involve gradual desensitisation to help with certain phobias. It can help you to re-evaluate your past experiences, reframing them in your mind so you can move on from them.
Meditation & Mindfulness
Don't let the spiritual or religious connection with these practices put you off, if they aren't your thing, you don't need either to learn to use meditation and mindfulness well.
In today's world of constant distraction, "2 minute reads" and constant scrolling, both these techniques can help you learn to regain your ability to focus.
I like to think of mindfulness as a mobile remedy for stress, anxiety and anger, because once your learn the techniques, you can use it practically anywhere and nobody will even notice!
Critical Incident Debriefing
For employers. A debrief supports your staff following a critical/traumatic incident in the workplace. Usually held in small groups, it allows staff to process the incident, understand their emotional reactions and provides helpful coping strategies.
This can in turn reduce absence, help employees to feel valued and reduce the likelihood of long term mental health problems developing.