Counselling Twickenham, Whitton I work with:
counselling for depression
counselling for anxiety
survivors of rape
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Welcome to my profile. I'm Greg.
As an experienced counsellor and therapist, I've always felt a compassionate, open-minded approach to counselling is the best way forward for my clients.
I believe in building a relationship of trust - offering you a safe environment where you can voice your concerns without feeling judged. I understand making changes to your life can be challenging. So, if you're feeling unsure about what to do next, it can be a welcome relief to talk things through with a counsellor. Someone who can help you make sense of difficult thoughts and emotions, or resolve problems in relationships. This process is often enhanced with someone by your side, who provides you with clarity and support as you regain your self-confidence. A counsellor who remains impartial, but committed to your interests.
We all have busy schedules. And our emotions, thoughts and relationships can quickly get on top of us – knocking our self-esteem and ability to recover in a crisis. I have sat openly with people in the most difficult circumstances, using empathy and supportive feedback as a way of healing their pain and distress. I believe counselling offers you a chance to gain insight and change your life for the better. It can help you develop a greater capacity for self-awareness and emotional resilience. As well as how to repair breakdowns in intimate relationships, enabling you to move beyond conflict to healthy communication and mutual understanding.
Most people find me warm, approachable and easy to talk to. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma or a loss of confidence, I can help you tackle your problems and work through the alternatives. I'm an attentive listener with a good sense of humour and I think it’s important to develop an attitude of respect and tolerance. This comes from a rich experience of working with people from different backgrounds, cultures, professions, genders and sexual orientations. I have over 12 years' experience and a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling. During my training I cut my teeth as a counsellor and psychotherapist at MIND, the NHS and the first male counsellor at Portsmouth Rape Crisis Service. I have also practiced psychotherapy at Winchester University and as a counselling supervisor to trainees at St. Mary's University.
At Counselling in Whitton, Twickenham we will work together to address your concerns and identify any underlying isues or patterns of behaviour. As we work through your struggles together, you will learn to become more reflective and engaged in your own progress. With each step forward, we will work to your strengths, as well as a range of practical solutions that are matched to your needs. One of the techniques I can help you with is Mindfulness, which has been in the News lately as an evidence-based practice for promoting health and wellbeing. I work in the Whitton, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton and London areas offering both individual and couples counselling at affordable rates:
• Couples Counselling - £65/hour (anytime)
What happens in counselling?
You tell your story in the best way you can, while I listen and help you develop self-awareness. This includes helping you make sense of your thoughts, emotions & behaviours, even when they aren’t clear. Then we work on finding a way forward with the alternatives and solutions together.
Do I have to know what I’m doing, or talking about in counselling?
There is no right or wrong way to do counselling. If you don’t know what to do or say, it’s normal. You don’t have to come prepared or know exactly what to say – just a sense of your own difficulties. You may feel unsure about what happens next. Don’t worry, you can ask questions, take your time and I will guide you through the process, as you find the words.
Will I be judged or diagnosed with anything?
No. Counselling is an opportunity to talk with a counsellor who is impartial and offers you constructive feedback. I will not be diagnosing you with any labels you don’t understand; or speaking psychobabble that makes no sense to you. If you’re not sure of something, I am happy to explain it again, as often as you’d like me to.
How long does counselling last?
It’s up to you. Usually you will feel the benefit and sense of progress counselling has made in a short space of time. Simply use your better instincts to decide if you have benefitted and whether the things you’ve learned are sustainable.
Do I have to have something seriously wrong with me?
You will be accepted however you arrive – whether in crisis or simply out of curiosity. There is nothing too trivial or serious for counselling. You just have to feel ready to take the next step.
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You are one organism. The body and mind are deeply integrated and embedded into one biological system. Brain and body are interacting all the time to keep you alive. As a counsellor in Twickenham and Whitton, I believe it's essential to understand that events of the mind are also connected to events in your body. Body and mind are interacting in a continuous flow of neural and bio-feedback via the nervous sytem. These integrated circuits are called neural networks (nerves) and the signals they send are neurotrasmitters (chemicals); helping keep the body and brain in constant communication. So for example excessive worrying and chronic anxiety can trigger stress hormones which have a long-term impact on your physiological health and wellbeing (affecting conditions such as acid reflux, IBS, Chrones, heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis etc.)
Mindfulness can help you make sense of impulsive thoughts & emotions, or resolve difficulties in relationships. Offering you a chance to gain clarity, wellbeing and self-awareness. It is our thoughts about ourselves that make us suffer from anxiety, depression, panic, trauma after distressing situations or difficult childhoods. And it is how we respond to our emotions and patterns of behaviour that will liberate us from the traps we have created for ourselves.
There is a space between our thoughts – pristine and empty. A moment of profound silence that exists between one thought and another.
It is a place of pure sensation, which if we pay attention to long enough, we might notice something emerging. It may be something significant, or nothing at all – the choice is ours. It is up to us whether we fill this gap with our memories, fears and expectations. Or whether we allow ourselves to remain aware of the present moment.Sometimes silence brings on anxiety and anticipation, but we don’t have to get caught up in it. We don’t need to remain stuck in our thoughts. Silence has an emergent quality, which allows us to transform our experience from one moment to the next. All we have to do is sit back and observe it, while remaining present without doing anything. Simply happy to be.
Far from being nothing; being silent is full of happening. A place where we can pause to witness the things we so often miss in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The things we choose to ignore, because the modern world is filled with sensory overload and all-consuming noise.
Quietness is its own reward. A place of healing and restoration.
But do not always expect it to be there whenever you come looking. Quiet, still, silence is something we acquire through practice and effort. It is something paradoxically, we both struggle for and fight against. Do not expect it to come together all in one moment. When you notice your mind wandering, or raging against you and your efforts to restore calm are futile, you haven’t failed. You haven’t done anything wrong. You’ve noticed something profound. It isn’t easy to be mindful.
You will find me approachable & open-minded. I have expertise in a range of psychological issues: counselling for anxiety, depression, relationships, anger & trauma. I worked with combat veterans and survivors of rape and abuse. I also offer counselling services in other surrounding local areas such as Teddington, counselling Hampton, counselling Hounslow and counselling in London area. I'm an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council Psychotherapists (UKCP). I am a supervisor of counsellors at Saint Mary's University and have experience working at MIND, Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis, Winchester University. On this website I aim to provide useful free resources and a self-help guide with articles on scientific research and apps. EnduringMind provides information on mental health & wellbeing to work on mindfulness with articles, podcasts and videos, including sound recordings for mindfulness practice, meditations, breathing exercises and aseries of topical posts on my counselling journal. The resources are free to download. I hope you find EnduringMind useful as a resource. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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