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Silver linings

Finding hope from within


What are the benefits of counselling?

What are the benefits of counselling /therapy?
Effective counselling reduces stress and confusion, allowing clients to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour.  Effective counselling is not advice-giving and is not acting on someone else’s behalf . The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable clients to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and to act upon them accordingly. Whilst counselling can be a stand alone therapy, many  clients will benefit from accessing other resources and approaches to help them.

A  strong therapeutic relationship  is the building block by which change can start to occur.

We will always make referrals if we feel clients may need the help, support or expertise of other qualified professionals.

All our work is to the highest standards in keeping with the ethical standards and codes of practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). All our services  are kept confidential, and we respect that confidentiality is your right. Information revealed by you to your counsellor will be kept strictly confidential. Any personal data retained by us is kept in accordance with the GDPR, 2018.

What are some of the issues commonly addressed in counselling?
Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Marriage or relationship problems , Depression, Codependency, loneliness, 
Managing anxiety and panic attacks, Self esteem , Changing habits and behaviours , Alcohol Use Disorders, Addiction , Abuse, Caring for others,  Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, Anger management , Assertiveness, Phobias • Dealing with fertility issues, Sexual health , Self-care, Practical parenting, Menopause. 
We provide both  individual and couples counselling. Prior to meeting with new clients, we offer an initial 20 -30  minute free confidential telephone consultation, during which  we can explore your personal issues, current challenges and circumstances. We can then discuss options and arrange an initial first session. 

We also provide counselling skills , executive coaching, mentoring and leadership skills training to supporting mental health at work, manage unconscious bias and developing 'resilience' amongst employees.

Susie's experience has been gained working across various industries including the airline industry, investment banking, law firms and in HR consulting. Our Founder, Susie Pearson has  worked in  mental health and counselling in both the private and non-profit sectors.  Susie successfully ran her consulting business in Hong Kong from 2008 - 2015,  and did many hours of voluntary work amongst the Homeless, Asylum and Refugee community, before relocating back home to Yorkshire.

Counselling is a process that enables people to explore and reflect on many aspects of their life, including their thoughts, feelings, behaviour and reactions. Talking openly and freely with a trained counsellor can  help. The therapists role is to listen and help guide you through your journey, in empathetic, compassionate and non-judgemental way.

Clients have an opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt and fear in a confidential, reflective and supportive environment.

You may be encouraged to examine parts of  life that you have found difficult to face before. There may be some exploration of early childhood experiences in order to throw some light on why you may react or responds in certain ways in given situations?

This is often followed by considering ways in which you can change such negative behaviours, and develop healthier patterns of behaviour going forward.