Stress & Anxiety

Stress Counselling

Stress and anxiety are exhausting. When we feel anxious all the time, it can have a devastating effect on our lives, as well as our mental and physical health.

We feel stuck, out of control, unable to change the channel. Sometimes, making even the smallest decision feels impossible.

Stress counselling may help. In a safe, non-judgemental space you will be encouraged to uncover the deeper reasons why you feel like this. Working with your counsellor, the aim is to bring thoughts and feelings back under your control.

It may take time and practice but throughout, the counsellor will provide support and gentle guidance as you work towards living a pleasurable life again. 

If you’re ready to get in touch, you can do so here.

How can Stress Counselling Help?

Counselling can set you free from thoughts and feelings which have a negative impact on your life.

During the sessions, we explore how emotional reactions have been shaped. By shedding light on problematic thinking habits, and understanding their origins, they can then be changed for better outcomes.

Effectively, counselling gives you a roadmap for contentment. It stops you feeling afraid for the future. You accept and love the person you really are, not the person you think you should be.

When you’re ready to get in touch, you can do so here.

Stress vs Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are not the same thing, although they have the same emotional and physical symptoms – and the two can often overlap. Unlike anxiety, stress is usually linked to an external cause. There’s a reason for it, and we feel calmer once the situation is resolved.

In short bursts, stress can be positive because it makes us alert and focused. It’s acute stress which causes the damage. It leads to issues such as insomnia, low self-esteem and depression – and it can also trigger anxiety. Anxiety is a persistent feeling, free floating, with no logical cause. We can make a guess – say, an important job interview – but afterwards, it doesn’t go away. We carry on feeling panicky, tense and afraid.

Anxious thoughts are always negative, often tinged with fear and dread for the future. Because of our action, a catastrophic series of events is now certain to take place. We feel powerless to stop it from happening. With our counsellor’s support, you work towards regaining control. Over time, the fear can subside, and you’ll be able to live a life free from anxiety.

When you’re ready to get in touch, please do so here.

Stress & Anxiety 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 will be challenges. There may be 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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