London can be a very lonely city, even though we are surrounded by scores
of people every day. Many expectations are placed on us by society,
employers, family and friends, and to admit that you are not coping is
often seen and experienced as failure. Bottling up these feelings of
hopelessness and fear can often lead to depression. In addition to this,
all of us have been profoundly affected by experiences growing up.
It is a scientific fact that those childhood experiences shaped the way our
mind works, and understanding how we are affected by those experiences can
help us to make sense of the way we experience the world and those around
us, and with this understanding comes healing. Often we are unable to
discuss our deepest feelings with family and friends, which is when talking
with a therapist can be very beneficial.
At London West End Counselling Service you will be met with unconditional
acceptance of whatever you are going through or feeling. It is not uncommon
for clients to speak with the therapist about things that he or she has
never discussed with anyone, and the psychological healing which takes
place when these previously “hidden” feelings or experiences are discussed
can be very powerful. During the process of therapy it is also not uncommon
to discover “forgotten” experiences which has an impact on your way of
being today. This is the process of therapy which has proved to be very
beneficial to many. The therapist will support and assist you in this
process and the genuine acceptance and empathy you will experience will
give you the space to heal.
Couples or Relationship counselling
If you are seeking relationship counselling, you are likely to be committed
to your relationship with your partner, but have come to an impasse. The
difficulty is often that you do not feel fully understood by your partner.
It is also possible that due to your own history and experiences, you find
it difficult to understand why certain things your partner does hurt you,
and if you are unable to express this to your partner, he or she can feel
hopeless and both of you can sometimes not see a way out.
Sometimes individuals will seek relationship counselling individually
without their partner. If you come together as a couple, your therapist
will provide a safe environment where you can both express what you are
feeling, and the therapist will likely be able to help you hear and
understand each other, and individually you may come to understand why you
feel the way you do in the relationship and why you act the way you do.
This understanding can bring healing in ways you didn’t know was possible.
During couples counselling the therapist remains impartial. Both of you
will be met with unconditional acceptance.
Therapy for anxiety
Anxiety can take many forms. It can have a debilitating affect on your
general wellbeing and your ability to function. Sometimes anxiety can be
linked to specific events or circumstances, and working through those
issues can bring relief. Other times the cause of the anxiety is unknown,
and this “unknown” can in itself exasperate the feeling of anxiety.
Having a space to openly speak about your anxiety without judgement can be
very beneficial. Together you and the therapist will explore the nature of
your anxiety, and if appropriate, explore the possible causes and way
Therapy for family issues
Relationships with our family members can be complicated. Past and buried
hurts can at times become unbearable. Changes in circumstances also have
the potential to cause psychological distress (for example divorce, a new
baby, a death or illness in the family or when your children become
teenagers or move out of the house). Talking through your true feelings in
a safe and confidential environment can ease this tension and often help
you to see the way forward.
During therapy your therapist will offer you unconditional acceptance of
whatever feelings you may have and together you will explore the difficulty
you are experiencing. This may help you to understand your own feelings
which can allow you to make decisions which will be beneficial.
Addiction can present in many ways: It can be an addiction to Illegal
drugs, alcohol, prescription medication (tranquilisers, painkillers,
sleeping tablets), sexual addiction, pornography (to name a few). If you
are seeking help with your addiction, it has likely escalated to a point
where it is becoming more and more difficult to function normally, or you
are eager to become healthier.
It may be helpful to understand that even if you are using illegal drugs,
whatever you talk about in therapy will be completely confidential. In the
rare case where your therapist feel that you are in serious risk of harm
due to drug use, he may discuss with you options available and a possible
course of action (for example, speaking with your GP), but your therapist
will not contact anyone on his own accord.
Much shame can be attached to addiction and having an opportunity to
discuss your problem in complete confidentiality can help you to find a way
out. Exploring the reasons for your addiction with a non-judgemental,
empathic therapist can help you to gain understanding and self acceptance,
ultimately leading to freedom from addiction.
Full List Of Services
Below is a full list of issues we have experience with, linking to further
information (courtesy of The Counselling Directory). Please note that I do
not necessarily endorse all information from 3rd party websites, but this
information may prove helpful: