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.
I believe in a compassionate, open-minded approach to counselling. A counsellor you can talk to on the dark days and the good. Helping you make sense of difficult thoughts and emotions, as you recover from anxiety, depression or broken relationships.
At Counselling Twickenham, I focus on helping you find the best way forward, while remaining true to yourself. I see our work together as a partnership which thrives on effective listening and feedback. Offering you realistic solutions that resonate with your experience. As an experienced counsellor, I recognise the key to success is rebuilding your confidence and self-awareness. So it's vital that with each step forward you begin to regain your independence.
Working in an atmosphere of empathy and compassion can help you face the challenges of turning your life around. Offering a safe place where you can voice your thoughts and concerns without feeling judged. I understand making changes to your life can be difficult. So, if you feel unsure about the next step, it can come as a welcome relief to talk things through with a therapist. Someone who can help you improve your wellbeing and relationships, as well as challenge you to get back on track. While I remain neutral, I am committed to finding solutions that suit your needs and personality. I also integrate mindfulness and scientific research, to help you understand your body and mind.
When you have such demanding lifestyles, your emotions and relationships can quickly get out of hand, knocking your self-esteem and ability to cope in a crisis. I have listened to people in the most difficult circumstances, using supportive feedback and guidance as a way of healing their distress. I believe counselling offers you a chance to gain insight and change your life for the better. It helps you develop emotional resilience and a deeper awareness of yourself. As well as helping you repair intimate relationships with healthy communication and understanding.
Most people find me warm, approachable and easy to talk to. I have a good sense of humour. And I'm an attentive listener with an attitude of tolerance and respect. This comes from a rich experience of working with people from different cultures, professions, genders and sexual orientations. I have 14 years' experience and a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling. During my training I cut my teeth as a psychotherapist at MIND, the NHS and the first male counsellor at Portsmouth Rape Crisis Service. I was also a counselling supervisor for trainees at St. Mary's University.
At Twickenham Counselling, (07506787034) we will address your concerns and identify any underlying patterns of behaviour. As we work through your struggles, you will learn to become more reflective and engaged in your own process. With each step forward, we will work on your strengths, as well as practical solutions that suit your needs. If you want, I can help you learn Mindfulness, which has been in the News as evidence-based practice for promoting health and wellbeing. I work at Twickenham counselling, covering 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 solutions that work.
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. If you’re not sure of something, I am happy to explain it as often as you’d like me to.
How long does counselling last?
It’s up to you - as short or long as you like. Usually you will feel the benefit of counselling in a short space of time. Then use your gut-instinct to decide if the things you’ve learned are sustainable. Once a day and time is chosen we stick to that, with occasional changes. I allow for two free cancellations, (one emergency & one with notice), however on the third occasion, cancellations are rescheduled or paid for. If I cannot reschedule the client takes responsibility for payment. I do not work on weekends or bank holidays (including Christmas, New Year's Eve/Day and Easter).
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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At Counselling Twickenham, I take a scientific approach to understanding the body and mind. Please go to my personal profile if you want to find out more about me and the way I work. I will encourage you to use resources and articles on this website, to better understand how your brain and body works. Your body-mind is a whole organism. It is connected via the nervous system to keep you alive. So how you feel in your body affects your mental state.
As a counsellor in Twickenham and Whitton, I understand that events in the mind, trigger responses in the body via the nervous system. The signals they send are continually flowing back and forth between body and brain. This keeps body and brain in constant state of balance and wellbeing. While stress and anxiety can disrupt your mental and physical health: e.g. excessive worrying triggers stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol, which put you in a state of 'fight and flight'; and can have a long-term impact on your physiological health - such as acid reflux, IBS, Chrones, heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
I can offer you mindfulness as a practice to help you reduce stress, anxiety, anger and depression. Helping you make sense of impulsive thoughts & emotions. Offering you a chance to gain clarity and imrpove your self-awareness. It is your emotions and thoughts that make you suffer after distressing situations or traumas in childhood. From early on we all develop survival strategies which we carryinto adulthood. Some of our survival strategies, have become redundant and need to be reviewed. How you respond to your emotions will liberate you from the unconscious traps you have created.
Mindfulness is about being present. Living as close to the moment as we can.
As a practice, it uses the flow of our breath as a bridge between body and mind. Awakening a deeper connection to ourselves. Alert from within and in contact with the outside world. By breathing in and out, we use the simple flow of the breath as a way of attuning to the world and letting it go. When we watch the breath, we breathe more fully, bringing clarity and space to our thoughts. We accept this moment as it is and do not get caught up in the pain of trying to change it by looking back. Cahnge is already happening now. Accepting change; not clinging to false hope or certainty. Not seeking the perfect outcome. It is accepting with the ebb-and-flow of life, as it happens. Not as we want it to be...
Through mindfulness we learn to become more accepting of ourselves, by paying attention to our inner being. Filtering out the thoughts and memories that hold us back; and the anxious preoccupations that blight our future. We learn to adapt and let go. We become more flexible, remaining open, curious and responsive to new opportunties. We do not fear what we cannot control. And do not become rigid or stifled. We leanr to confront things. And survive.
I have expertise in a range of psychological issues: such as anxiety, depression, relationships, anger & trauma. I worked with combat veterans and survivors of rape and abuse. I offer my counselling services to surrounding local areas such as counselling Teddington, counselling Hampton, counselling Hounslow and counselling in West London area. I'm an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council Psychotherapists (UKCP). I was a supervisor of counsellors at St. Mary's University and have experience working at MIND, Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis, Winchester University. I provide free apps and articles on scientific research. EnduringMind provides information on mindfulness with podcasts and videos on mindfulness, meditation, breathing and my counselling journal. They are free to download. I hope you find EnduringMind useful. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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