Life Changes

Life Change Therapy

Adjusting to change is always difficult. Even positive changes can make us feel insecure. We’re out of our comfort zone, fearful about the future. Life change therapy can help you adjust. It could be any kind of life change:

  • Moving to a new city
  • The menopause
  • A life-altering illness or disability
  • Children leaving home – the empty nest
  • Retirement
  • Divorce and relationship break-up

There will be no judgment or assumptions. It’s a safe, protective space where you can speak freely about your thoughts and emotions, fears and uncertainties. You will be heard, acknowledged and understood.

Over time, the aim is to gain a deep understanding of yourself, your emotions and your subconscious behavioural patterns. It provides an opportunity for learning practical ways to take control of your future happiness.

Are you ready to get in touch? You can do so here.

Why do we fear change?

It’s a natural human instinct to distrust the unknown. We are hard-wired to find peace in certainty – and `not knowing’ is disruptive, stressful and frightening.

Change means coping with a new situation, something we don’t understand. At the same time, there’s a sense of loss. We’ve lost the old way of being, it has come to an end. We mourn the familiar. 

For some, change brings us face-to-face with our mortality. It brings us one step closer to the end of our lives.  

It’s hardly surprising that change feels so overwhelming. It disrupts our normal coping mechanisms and can lead to overwhelming stress and anxiety, sleep problems and depression.  

Simply by seeking help, you have made a step forward.

How life change therapy helps you cope

Change makes us feel as though life is beyond our control. Counselling can put you back in charge of your life and your future. It can give you autonomy to lead the life you choose. With our therapist’s help, you may begin to recognise and accept your true worth, and gain a powerful ability to live without anxiety and fear for the future.

In a non-judgemental and respectful environment, you’re given space to get to the heart of what has gone wrong. You may uncover the `unconscious scripts’ which fail to serve you – and with gentle support, you can discover how to rewrite those scripts. You will work towards identifying practical tools and problem-solving behaviours which can serve you long-term.

In the process, you may gain a deeper understanding of yourself than you thought possible.
When you’re ready to get in touch, please do so here.

Life Change Therapy FAQs

How long will it take to feel better?

Counselling usually lasts for between 12 and 18 sessions, but that’s just a rough guide. Your therapy and recovery will be unique to you. 

It’s possible that you’ll see improvement faster than expected, although keep in mind that during the sessions, new issues can come up – angles that you weren’t aware of and want to explore. 

There may be challenges – times when everything feels too difficult. When it gets tough, your therapist will be there for you, gently guiding you through the rough patches and out the other side.  

What happens in a counselling session?

Each session lasts 50 minutes, and you will be encouraged to talk freely about anything.

Our therapist is highly trained in listening and reflecting skills. This is a protected place to reveal thoughts, emotions and issues that can’t be aired elsewhere.

Find out more about how counselling works. 

Are counselling sessions confidential?

Yes, the sessions at Crysalis Therapy Clinic are confidential. Nothing you say will be revealed to anyone else.

Is the therapist qualified?

Yes. Our therapist has a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has had 5 years of training in Transactional Analysis (TA) counselling. 

She is a registered member of the following:

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
  • European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA)
How much does counselling cost?

It costs £50 for a 50-minute session. 

Are all sessions face-to-face? Can I have counselling on video or phone?

Yes. You can attend the sessions in any way that suits you. It could be face-to-face, on video or on the phone.

Perhaps surprisingly, phone and video counselling create no barriers. In fact, some people find it easier to open up when they’re in their own space at home.

It’s all about the relationship between me and the therapist. How can I be sure that we’ll get on?

At Crysalis Therapy Clinic, you’ll have an initial session to help you decide whether counselling is right for you. If it doesn’t feel right, there will be no obligation to continue.

If you like, you can book your initial session here.

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