How I can help…
My aim is to provide a safe space in which clients feel able to explore their personal difficulties and find a way through these for themselves. I see it’s really important that I understand what you are hoping to achieve through counselling/therapy and that we work together in a way and at a pace that feels right to you.
It is very important that you feel comfortable with a particular therapist or counsellor. It takes time to build trust in a relationship but sometimes we sense a particular person is not right for us at the first meeting. Therefore, I offer a free initial 60-minute appointment so you can see if my approach works for you and for us both to decide if I am the right person to help you. I will say if I feel unable to offer the help that is needed and may suggest other avenues of support or other therapists that may be more appropriate/suitable for your needs
If we proceed after the initial meeting, each session is shaped by your needs at that time. If I think it will be of benefit to you, I may use creative methods, from time to time as I have found these to be beneficial in the process of self-discovery. I usually suggest we see each other weekly and review after 6 session, this is so I can listen carefully to your story and understand your situation better. I see my role is to help you through this process of exploring your problems or difficulties without judgement or telling you what to do. If I think it would be helpful, I may provide information or offer suggestions.
I will work in collaboration with you on specific goals we discussed at the initial assessment. Throughout our time together we will review progress towards an ending based on an agreed number of sessions or if the therapy is open ended periodical reviews of progress will be part of the process.
Using an integrative approach to counselling/psychotherapy means I can draw from a broad range of therapeutic viewpoints to help me to understand your experience. I strongly believe that one size does not fit all so I will draw on whatever methods are appropriate to your individual situation, personality, issues, wants and needs.
I believe that everyone is fundamentally okay and has the right to be treated with respect and compassion. I will not make assumptions and you will not be judged. I work on the basis that:
- everyone is essentially okay.
- everyone has the capacity to think and feel.
- people make decisions (mostly unconsciously) as they go through life that affect how they think and behave.
- you can change those decisions that are no longer useful to you and change the way you think, feel and behave for the better.
- you do not have to let the past dictate your future; whatever has happened in the past, you can determine how your life is and will be from now on.
I have found it helps to accept the things we can’t change and to find the inner strength to change the things we can. Understanding ourselves better gives us a sense of having more control over our lives and helps us learn new ways to cope with everyday problems. I may encourage you to explore new ways of thinking and being and to consider alternative perspectives on your life and relationships.
How therapy can help with…
Everyone feels down, upset or sad from time to time, it’s part of life and being human. However, if feelings of low mood persist or worsen and start to get in the way of you living your life to the full this could be depression.
Anxiety and stress are a natural part of human experience that alerts us to potentially dangerous situations so are useful in protecting us. However, too much anxiety is counter-productive, preventing us from living fully and enjoying our lives.
Anger is a normal human emotion. It lets us know that we need to take appropriate action to set boundaries or defend ourselves, other people or our rights. However, when angry feelings are uncontrolled and acted out, damage is caused to health and relationships, work is affected, and the quality of life is eroded.
When we suffer a bereavement our thoughts, feelings and experiences can be mixed and confusing. Everyone’s experience is different, and our reactions will depend on our past, our relationship with the person we have lost and the circumstances surrounding the bereavement.
Sexual abuse is defined as any situation in which someone is forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity, even when it’s with a partner the person is also having consensual sex with. Both men and women can be perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse.
Online counselling Linda Lawler MSc Counselling and Therapy UKCP Accredited and BACP Registered Member
In response to public health concerns I want to continue to provide a service to clients in these difficult circumstances we face. Therefore, as a temporary measure I am offering my existing clients and new clients online face to face counselling using the Zoom platform, or telephone contact.
Zoom is an encrypted website that is secure and approved by UKCP and BACP. You will need a device with an internet connection.
The initial 20-minute telephone assessment is free of charge. In this time, we can talk about the problems you are experiencing, what your needs are, your expectations and hopes. I will say if I am able to help you and if I can’t I will signpost you to other services who may be able to help.
If we decide further sessions may be beneficial for you, before these commence, I will send you a client contract for our work together.
Online/phone Session Fee: £50 for 50-minutes
Couples Therapy – working with couples
If you’re part of a couple in distress, you may feel that there’s no way out of your troubled relationship. Couples often wait until long after their relationship is in trouble to seek help and one or both of you may have decided to call it quits. In my experience this decision is never taken lightly and is even more difficult when children are involved.
Whatever stage you are at, effective therapy can help repair and maintain positive close relationships, or it can help a couple to have a more amicable outcome if you reach a decision to end the relationship.
Couples counselling can provide a safe space for you both to take an objective look at your relationship, feel that you can share your emotions, communicate effectively and to explore what’s working and what isn’t for both of you. Listening to each other in a counselling environment can help to reduce unhelpful responses and/or behaviours.
It is important to remember that each relationship has its unique challenges and strengths and by seeking help you will be giving yours the best chance for survival.
Couples Session Fee: £60 for 75-minutes