Individual face to face therapy sessions are offered from central Harrogate HG1 and Leeds LS16 both have good public transport links. We also offer telephone and online sessions, for those who find it difficult to access face to face therapy.
We offer support to schools, in developing on site counselling services and support for both pupils and staff. The Department for Education (DfE) updated Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (Nov. 2018) clearly identifies the importance of creating a whole school ethos of supporting the needs of pupils with Mental Health issues. "Schools have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children by developing whole school approaches tailored to their particular needs, as well as considering the needs of individual pupils."
Mindfulness is a whole body-mind state of awareness that involves ‘tuning in’ to the present moment, with openness and curiosity, instead of ‘tuning out’ from experience. Mindfulness is a state of being fully awake to life – being aware of the present moment. It is about focusing attention on the present, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future- which is often our brain’s default mode. Using creative mediums we explore feelings and reconnect with the inner child.
Instead of sitting in front of your counsellor in a traditional therapy room, these counselling sessions takes place outdoors walking side by side. If you have felt stuck in therapy in the past, being physically active helps release some tensions and stimulates new thoughts and ideas. It is a metaphor for moving forward.
During a walk and talk therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional counselling session. Yet the dynamic is fairly different. Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition. It can be taken as an introduction to counselling, followed up by a more formal sessions.
Arts and creative therapies are treatments which involve using arts-based activities in a therapeutic environment, with the support of a professional. You don't need to have done these activities before, or have any particular skills or knowledge.
Different people will have different experiences of arts and creative therapies, but they all aim to:
Give you a safe time and place with someone who won't judge you.
Support you, making sense of things and understand yourself better.
Support you in resolving complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them.
Reconnect and express yourself, which might include feelings or experiences you find hard to put into words.
Counselling can be a isolating Profession.
Are you a Counsellor/Therapist in private practice and are worried about being isolated?
Come and join one of our Peer Support Groups.
Get in touch if you would like to get involved