Counselling

Counselling

It is unfortunately common for young adults to experience anxiety. In my experience, the vast majority of the anxiety suffered at this time of your life is a symptom of low self-esteem. Counselling can be a great way of controlling anxiety and improving your self-esteem which means that you may never experience problematic anxiety again, which is fantastic!

There are often complex reasons why you might have low self-esteem which can make it challenging to deal with on your own. Low self-esteem often gets worse over time, leading to other problems such as anxiety and depression.

The very nature of having low self-esteem and anxiety can make it difficult to talk to friends and family about how you're feeling. When you can talk to family and friends, sometimes their well-intentioned attempts to help can make you feel worse.

Following my own experiences with low self-esteem and the anxiety and depression that this often leads to as well as training to be a counsellor, I have been able to develop a very effective counselling process.

During the first session, you will start learning some straightforward ways of managing anxiety. We will also begin to explore and understand why you developed low self-esteem. It's essential for us to know why you have low self-esteem because knowing this will help us to improve it.

As soon as you feel ready, we will start working on improving your self-esteem. Some of this will be through discussions in sessions, and some of it will be through planned activities for you to practice between sessions.

We will work together in a friendly, supportive and collaborative way. You will never be judged or criticised by me. Counselling is a highly confidential activity focused on helping you.

Do you want to start working on being happy and confident by overcoming anxiety?

The first step is to give me a call or text me on 07908 861505 or send me an email at richard@rptherapy.co.uk. I may not answer straight away, but I will always reply as quickly as I can. If you don't like talking on the phone that's not a problem, just let me know in your text or email, and I'll make sure that I text or email you back instead of calling.

I'll invite you in to have a free initial consultation with me which, depending on availability, will usually be within a week. The initial consultation lasts for 30 minutes. During the appointment I'll take some necessary admin information from you, explain my confidentiality and data protection policies, we'll discuss how you're feeling and I'll give you some information about how we will work to overcome your anxiety. You'll then have a chance to ask me any questions that you want, and you can then decide if you'd like to work with me or not.

If you're not sure if you want to work with me that's not a problem at all; I'm perfectly happy for you to take a few days to consider it. It's vital that you work with the counsellor who feels right for you, if I'm not that counsellor then I'll be pleased to give you the details of some other people in this area who may be able to help you.

If you would like to work with me, then we'll book our first appointment which will usually be within a week of our meeting.

I know that the thought of opening up to someone can be scary (if not terrifying!) but remember, you are in control. We'll go at your pace to discuss what is important for you. I work very hard to be friendly and supportive during counselling sessions.

Please Contact me to discuss if counselling can help you.