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. Helping you make sense of your thoughts and emotions as you learn to overcome anxiety, depression, or a personal crises. Including working through problems in personal relationships.
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. This means offering you realistic solutions that make sense and resonate with your experience. As an experienced counsellor, I recognise the key to success is rebuilding your confidence and self-awareness. So it's important that while you tackle your issues, you begin to regain trust and independence.
I believe in building a good rapport, balancing empathy and compassion with the challenges you face turning your life around. A safe environment where you can voice your thoughts and concerns without feeling judged. I understand making changes to your life can be difficult. So, if you're feeling unsure about what to do next, it can come as a welcome relief to talk things through with someone like me. An experienced counsellor, who can help you make sense of difficult thoughts and emotions, while improving your wellbeing and relationships. I am someone who remains neutral, while committed to your interests. Someone who provides you with a choice of approaches that meet your needs and personality. I also integrate much of my learning from hard science and mindfulness, to help you understand body and mind.
Most of us have busy schedules. So your thoughts, emotions and relationships can quickly get on top of you, knocking your self-esteem and ability to cope in a crisis. I have listened to people in the most difficult circumstances, using compassion and supportive feedback 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 a deeper awareness of yourself and emotional resilience. As well as helping you to repair intimate relationships and move beyond conflict to healthy communication and understanding.
Most people find me warm, approachable and easy to talk to. 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 on 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 - as short or long as you like. Usually you will feel the benefit of counselling in a short space of time. Then use your instinct to decide if the things you’ve learned are sustainable. Once a day and time is chosen we stick to that session throughout, with some room for occasional changes. I allow for two free cancellations, (one emergency & one with notice), however on the third occasion and thereafter, 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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EnduringMind takes a holistic scientific approach to understanding the body and mind. I also believe in improving your understanding of body and mind. If you want I can encourage you to read articles and books to better understand how your brain and body works.
Your body-mind is a whole organism, which is interacting via the nervous system to keep you alive. So how you feel emotionally affects your physical health and vice versa. As a counsellor in Twickenham and Whitton, Events in the mind are connected to your body via integrated circuits called neural pathways (nervous system) and the signals they send are neurotrasmitters (chemicals), continually flowing back and forth between body and brain. When they are working well they keep the body and brain in constant state of balance and wellbeing; while stress and anxiety can disrupt your mental and physical health. So for example, excessive worrying can trigger stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol, which put you in a state of 'fight and flight'; or trap your mind into anticipating worst-case scenarios. Stress, anxiety and depression 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. Mindfulness can help you make sense of impulsive thoughts & emotions. Offering you a chance to gain clarity, imrpove your health and self-awareness. It is your emotions and thoughts about yourself that make you suffer after distressing situations or difficulties in childhood. From early on we all develop survival strategies as a way of trying to get or needs met in relationships. And it is this we carry forward into adulthood. Some of our survival strategies, need to be reviewed and reworked. How you respond to your emotions and patterns of behaviour, will liberate you from the unconscious traps you have created.
Mindfulness is about being. Living as close to the moment as we can, and being present.
As a practice, mindfulness 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 taking it in and letting it go. When we breathe fully in the moment, we bring clarity and space to our thoughts. We accept the ever-evolving nature of existence as it is. Accepting change; not clinging to false hope or certainty. Nor the illusion of a perfect outcome. We realise we have to move with the ebb-and-flow of life, as it happens each moment.
Through mindfulness we come to understand the essence of life is change. We learn to be more accepting of ourselves. More self-aware and able to pay attention to our inner being. Filtering out the thoughts and memories that hold us back; and the anxieties or preoccupations that blight our future. We learn to adapt to change. We become more flexible as we go along. We remain open, curious and responsive to the opportunties that come our way. We do not fear what we cannot control. And do not become rigid or stifled. We accept the endless permutations and variables of life. Confronting whatever it throws in our way. 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 counselling services in other surrounding local areas such as 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 Saint Mary's University and have experience working at MIND, Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis, Winchester University. I provide free resources and a self-help guide with articles on scientific research and apps. EnduringMind provides information on mindfulness with articles, podcasts and videos, including podcasts on mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises and my counselling journal. The resources are free to download. I hope you find EnduringMind useful. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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