openmind counselling and psychotherapy
A safe, non-judgemental place to explore and work through
difficulties with someone trained to listen

Why choose Counselling?

Counselling, with a person who neither judges nor tells you what to do, enables an exploration of experiences, thoughts and feelings in a way which is rarely possible with family or friends.

There are many reasons to seek counselling. A person may be feeling upset and distressed, have difficulties in managing their thoughts and feelings or in their relationships with family, friends or others people. These issues may arise after a major life event such as bereavement, the end of a relationship or other significant loss e.g., redundancy, change of school or university. Sometimes feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, shame or guilt can be present for no apparent reason. However, if feelings such as these are bottled up they can become very intense and disturbing and lead to a sense of being overwhelmed by life.

Some people seek counselling and psychotherapy as a means of developing a deeper understanding of themselves and their life experiences. This may go beyond dealing with a current crisis in their life. Within the pressures of modern society, many people find it hard to meet the demands and expectations of others, and of themselves, and find that they feel discontented with their lives. Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy does not claim to have the answers, but is a way of facilitating an exploration of deeper issues and discovering individual meaning.

For general information on what you can expect from this type of therapy, please visit the websites of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

General sources of help and advice

Below, you will find links to useful external websites specifically concerned with some of the key issues people often bring to counselling.  Your experiences may, or may not, accord with the descriptions given. However, it is important to remember that your experiences are unique to you as an individual, so don't be discouraged if you don't identify with the descriptions or ‘labels’ used.

Alcohol, drugs & gambling AA   NA   GA
Anxiety Anxiety Network
Bereavement Cruse
Depression NHS Direct
Eating disorders NCEA
Hearing voices Hearing Voices Network
Physical and sexual abuse Rape Crisis   Survive   Survivors
Relationship problems Relate
Self -harm Self-harm Network
Sex and Sexuality The Site   Gender Trust   RU Thinking
Suicidal thoughts Samaritans