Counselling in Sheffield
When you reach the point of wanting help to address particular thoughts or feelings that have been troubling you it may be suggested that you speak to a counsellor. But what does this mean? What will the sessions be like? What will the counsellor be like? This page hopefully answers those questions for you and will introduce you to some of the counsellors in Sheffield who could help you.
What is therapy all about?
Therapy (also known as counselling or psychotherapy) is about you having a space where you can feel comfortable and secure to enable you to talk about thoughts and feelings. The thoughts that you may have been having may be difficult, painful or difficult but when you work with and experienced professional there is the potential to feel better.
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
How will I feel as a result of therapy?
It is hard to be definite about how different people will feel as a result of therapy as different people are different. For some people things can seem to get worse as a result of therapy. Talking openly and honestly with a therapist can bring up all sorts of thoughts and feelings that you may have been ignoring or running away from for some time.
The plan is that in the long run that you feel more able to manage your life and your thoughts.
Watch this video of people who have seen a therapist
This video from the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy is a great introduction to some people’s attitudes towards counselling. The comments are based on what real clients have said was their experience of therapy.
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How long will it take for counselling to help me feel better?
Again, counselling is an individual experience and there is no definitive answer to this question. Generally speaking seeing a counsellor is a short to medium term type of therapy. Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist tends to be a medium to long term kind of therapy.
How do I find a counsellor near me?
There are many websites that will list local therapists. An alternative is to scroll down this page and look at the therapists who use the Sheffield Wellness Centre. Feel free to contact them and ask questions about who they are and how they might be able to help you.
Does therapy always work for everybody?
No is the short and honest answer. Talking about problems can be tough. That means that finding the motivation to continue to talk about things that are difficult means that sometimes people drop out of the process.
Also, therapy is not a cure-all so even if you do complete the process you may still not feel any better. Any therapist who guarantees change is acting in an unethical way and is likely not being honest with you.
Counsellors available at Sheffield Wellness Centre
At the Sheffield Wellness Centre we have different counsellors, therapists and psychotherapists available at different times. We keep this page updated with who is available at the moment.
To contact any of the people listed in this section just click on their image below to read their bio and for further contact details and to check with them what their availability is.
What should I look for in a therapist?
The great thing about there being so many counsellors and so many types of therapy is that there is a lot of variety. This means that if you have decided that you would like to try counselling there is a good chance that you will be able to find someone who suits your personality and has a chance of helping you to reach your goals.
Things you should look for when choosing a counsellor include:
- Are they member of a professional governing body?
- Are they experienced in helping people with similar issues to you?
- Do you get a good vibe from them when you speak to them?
Are there different types of therapy?
There are many many different styles and approaches when it comes to counselling but there have been studies that have shown that the rapport between you and your counsellor is more important that they type of therapy they practise.
A good therapist knows that it can be a big step to see counsellor. It is for this reason that a good counsellor will not push you into working with them. They will however provide you with information about who they are and how they work so that you can make an informed decision about whether you work with them or not.
Of the types of counselling available there are five main groups of psychological therapies.
- Behavioural therapies. These focus on behaviours and include approaches like CBT.
- Psychodynamic and psychoanalytical therapies. These approaches focus on relationship patterns that are believed to be based in childhood experiences and are expressed unconsciously.
- Humanistic therapies focus on the ‘here and now’ and aim to facilitate self-development.
- Arts therapies, use creative arts inside the process of therapy.
- Couples counselling, as the name suggests, is focused on helping couples to change and improve their relationship.
Some counsellors stick rigidly to one particular style of therapy while some have an eclectic approach where they use different elements from different approaches.
What is the difference between a therapist and a psychotherapist?
The terms ‘therapist’ and ‘psychotherapist’ are sometimes used interchangeably as the two terms do overlap in many ways. One of our counsellors, Mat Pronger, has written a great blog post on why counsellor and psychotherapist are now interchangeable terms. You might find his information helpful.
One of the biggest differences between a counsellor and a psychotherapist is in the amount of time therapy lasts for. Counselling with a therapist is usually a brief treatment that focuses on behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy usually involves a more long term approach and aims to help clients develop deeper understanding of their difficulties through examination of their emotions and history.
A psychotherapist does offer a style of counselling to their clients but someone equally qualified might choose to call themselves a counsellor rather than psychotherapist.
Main differences between counselling and psychotherapy
- Aids in the identification of difficulties and issues and then focuses on what you can do to resolve them.
- It can be particularly well suited to those who already have an above average level of self awareness and/or a solution focused attitude.
- Counselling focuses on being a short term solution where behaviour changes and improvements are the focus.
What can counselling be used for?
Counselling can help with issues such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders, like as bulimia and anorexia
- Drug use
What to expect from seeing a counsellor
In counselling sessions your will supported and encouraged to talk about your emotions and feelings. Through discussion with the counsellor it is possible to gain a deeper understanding about what has been happening and this can also lead to solutions presenting themselves.
Just the process of talking to someone can be therapeutic and can bring a sense of being unburdened. A good counsellor with listen and will not judge you for anything you have said, done or felt.
What if I don’t like my therapist?
Rapport is the sense of connection combined with a sense of trust and mutual understanding. If this is missing when you meet your counsellor you should choose to work with someone else. Addressing this can dramatically increase your chances of a positive outcome from therapy as rapport is very important.
How much does counselling cost?
Different counsellors charge different amounts. It could cost anywhere from £10 to £70 per session. This can depend on where abouts in the country you live, your employment status and the experience of the counsellor.
To get a specific quote from any of the counsellors based at the Sheffield Wellness Centre click on their profile picture to see their profile where the amount should be listed or call or email them directly.
What are the alternatives to counselling?
Counselling is not the perfect solution for everyone. Some people don’t have the time or money for counselling and want an approach that is different. If this is you then maybe you might want to consider CBT – cognitive behavioural therapy.
A second alternative to counselling/psychotherapy is hypnotherapy. This approach is often even quicker than CBT. A professional and experienced hypnotherapist might see a client for only three or four treatment sessions. The process often focuses on the future and about getting positive and appealing behaviours familiar and expected before the time for them to be needed arrives. In this way, when that situation develops the desirable behaviour is more likely to happen.