What is Counselling?
Counselling developed out of the observation that talking about your problems can soothe and heal emotional hurt and pain. Whilst healing conversations can be had with many people - such as a friend, a GP, a family member – these relationships might not always provide enough support. Apart from providing clear boundaries such as confidentiality and time, a counsellor is also trained in the art of listening. Different approaches have different ideas about how to help clients in addition to listening.
The name ‘Gestalt’ comes from the German word for ‘shape’ or ‘form’. This name is relevant because it links with the idea that a person is more than the sum of their experiences and parts. For example, two people can have the same features and experiences but still relate to them differently. Gestalt counselling is a holistic approach, which means that the counsellor is trying to understand a person as a whole and the relationship between them and their background.
Gestalt counsellors focus on the here and now, examining current thoughts, behaviour and feelings in order to help a client gain awareness of how they relate to events and people. This awareness is crucial in bringing about change.
What Antonia can help with:
Anxiety: My heart is racing, the throat tightening.
Stress: Things are threatening to get on top of me.
Depression: The black dog that sits on me. The void which swallows all energy.
Trauma: My life (as I knew it) was threatened. I do not feel safe anymore.
Loss and Grief: Someone or something I had is gone, forever. It has left an emptiness that hurts.
Stuck-ness: I am trying hard to find a solution, but I keep going around in circles.
Confusion: My head is in a muddle. I need time and space to mull things over.
Overwhelm: I cannot cope.
Self-esteem: I am not good enough
Shame: I am unlovable. I am a mistake.
Loneliness: I feel separate. I do not fit in. There is no one I can talk to.
What to expect
Please get into touch either via e-mail or phone with any questions you might have. If you would like to proceed, we will arrange to meet at a time that suits us both.
The first session is an opportunity to find out whether we would like to work together.
If I feel that I am not the right counsellor for you, I will try to help you find someone more suited.
There is no charge for the initial phone conversation, which gives you the opportunity to ask any questions. Subsequent sessions are charged at a rate of £50 per 50 minute session.