Harrogate Counselling and Psychotherapy
Harrogate and Knaresborough Counselling and Psychotherapy service, North Yorkshire. Offering confidential therapy, a non- judgmental approach to Individuals, Couples, Young people and Families.
You may be feeling a low mood or depressed and have felt this way for too long?
Perhaps anxiety is ruling your life and fear is holding you back from doing the things you want?
Maybe you need some help with managing your anger?
Perhaps you’re wondering if you will ever get over your grief?
Relationship and Couples Counselling
This isn’t just for couples, but individuals who are separating or divorced, or for those who would like to improve their relationships with family and friends.
Perhaps you are worried that you and your partner are arguing too much? Perhaps you feel Invisible? Maybe you feel as though you always give in?
Navigating school, college and University can be a difficult and stressful time for most young people and can lead to disagreements with parents and friends, bring on bouts of low mood, low self-esteem and anxiety.
Counselling or coaching can help individuals to pass through a challenging period of their life and improve their overall wellbeing.
Work related Stress and poor mental wellbeing are the most common cause of work place absence. We know that we take our work stressors home with us and vice versa, so supporting your staff with their wellbeing is paramount to not only a happier and more productive workforce but also encourages loyalty and less absence.
Hello! I’m Diane
Hello! I’m Diane Smith, a qualified integrative Psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP with many years experience in both private practice and in workplaces.
I am empathic, understanding and have a drive to help my clients explore some of the many issues that may be causing them distress in their daily lives and which ultimately helps to improve mental and emotional well-being.
Why do people come to counselling or psychotherapy?
People seek counselling/psychotherapy for a variety of reasons.
Some realize they want to make changes due to feeling stuck, feeling unhappy or simply for support with an ongoing issue.
Most people go through periods of feeling down or low but when someone is depressed they may feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days and people can’t simply “snap out of it”. With the right support and treatment however, people CAN recover.
Stress is your body’s was of responding to any kind of demand or threat whether real or imagined.
Chronic stress causes symptoms such as headaches, low energy, insomnia, chest pains, frequent illness and aches and pains.
Bereavement / Grief and Loss
The death of a loved one can leave us with overwhelming pain and a sense of loss or for some, a numbness to emotions.
Similarly a relationship breakdown, end of career or life changing event can also leave us feeling similar emotions.
Have you been hurt, betrayed or abused?
Perhaps this is why you find it difficult to trust others? Therapy can help you explore why you feel so negative about people and help you to understand this and rebuild confidence in yourself.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Do you fear the anxious thoughts and feelings happening? Is anxiety Overwhelming? Do you fear getting it wrong?
Feeling vulnerable, guilty and shame are all commonly linked to anxiety.
Perhaps its time to get support?
Are you critical of yourself? Do you lack empathy and compassion for yourself? Is it time to stop self-loathing?
We can work together to help improve your sense of self.
Do you “fly off the handle”?, Are people scared of your reactions?
Feeling angry is a valid emotion, It is how we display anger that becomes a problem. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person but merely not in control of your reactions.
“Is recovery Possible? The answer is YES. The powerlessness that makes us believe that “we can’t recover” is a symptom of trauma itself. It is an outdated belief system”
Carolyn Spring. PODS
Are you being bullied? This could be at school, home or at work.
Is it time to take control of aspects of your life and have confidence in yourself and your abilities?
Therapy can help you to hold your boundaries and then to flex them too.
Just a few of the Areas Covered are listed above, others are:
Trauma / Childhood related Trauma / Gambling Addiction / Cancer related Issues / OCD & phobias / Work place support / Group/ & family therapy.
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What Can You Expect?
Confidentiality and data protection
All disclosed information is treated as confidential, within legal boundaries. All records are kept securely as per GDPR & BACP guidelines.
Opportunity To Talk
Do you find it difficult to speak to others? I am able to offer a non judgmental space for you to explore challenging issues as well as negative thoughts and beliefs.
It is important to feel relaxed and comfortable with your counsellor. I aim to offer a relaxed environment, which helps build a trusting working relationship. If however, I am not the right fit for you then I can help you find another counsellor to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in counselling?
Firstly, you will be offered a brief telephone conversation and then a 50 minute assessment session to discuss your issue and to ensure that we can work together to help you move forward. Some may find that the initial assessment is all that is needed to bring a new perspective, help them decide what to do next or that they do indeed wish to continue with further therapy sessions.
We will initially agree to meet weekly if possible and work through the issues you’re struggling with. Therapy can be short or long term depending on the issues causing distress. Every person is unique so therapy is tailored to the individual.
What is couples Counselling?
Relationships need constant work from both sides to re-evaluate and find compromise in order to maintain a healthy balance. Exploring your issues together can help you understand maladaptive patterns, communication issues and help to improve them.
How much does it cost?
Sessions for individuals last for 50 mins and cost £45.
Sessions for Couples last for 50 minutes and cost £55.
What is CBT?
CBT will help you learn to recognize how you think, behave and feel about issues by encouraging and you to try different thinking and behavioural strategies that are maybe more useful. This can help you to change negative cycles that often cause distress and leads to a more positive effect on your mood.
How often do I come?
Everyone’s situation is unique to them, but generally, weekly sessions in the beginning are ideal. I am aware that people may not be able to commit to this so we will work out a plan that suits the clients’ needs.
Do You Offer Telephone and Video Conferencing sessions?
Yes. I realize that individuals often work away from home or are just prefer not working face to face. We can arrange a convenient time for both of us and can work remotely together.
If you feel its time to get support and be a better and happier version of yourself then please get in touch.