Counselling Services in Guildford

When considering counselling Guildford services it’s important to keep in mind that every potential patient is different. And the question of whether I will take someone into therapy will depend on various factors. For example, is the person psychologically-minded? Are they motivated? Could they tolerate the painful feelings and memories that may be stirred up in therapy? But another important factor will be the severity of the condition in question and whether an alternative form of therapy with another practitioner might be more appropriate either as a method of treatment generally or as a preliminary to analytic therapy. I will assess your needs on a case-by-case basis and recommend the best course of action for you.

Addictions would be a good example of where an alternative or preliminary alternative type of therapy might be valuable. If addiction is significant, it needs tackling on two levels. First of all, the particular behaviour needs to be halted and the abstinence needs to be maintained. A therapy like Integrative CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) might be particularly useful in achieving this. At that point, the person might wish to explore the underlying causes of their addiction and deal with them. That’s where analytic psychotherapy could come into play. I would need to be sure that anyone interested in therapy had been free of their behaviours for a year or so.

Conditions Treated In Our Counselling Guildford

Guildford Therapy provides counselling services in Guildford for a variety of conditions that are listed below:

When people talk about relationship problems, they’re often referring to issues affecting a relationship with a partner. But obviously, relationship difficulties can also be with (other) family members, work colleagues, friends or general acquaintances.

  • Personality Disorders

Quite often people have more than one personality disorder and may struggle with other mental health problems such as depression or substance abuse. Personality disorders may be caused by a mixture of upbringing, genetics and biology. It’s not uncommon for people to have experienced fear or distress in childhood through abuse in one form or another.

  • Narcissism

Narcissism is one of the primary conditions of our time and has even been labelled an epidemic. Individual narcissism is being fed by our narcissistic culture with its emphasis on self-promotion and hyper-individualism exemplified in selfies, talent shows, cosmetic surgery and the ‘me’ in social media.

  • Loneliness

Loneliness is another modern epidemic. And it doesn’t just affect the elderly but also the middle-aged and the young. Loneliness isn’t the same as being alone which may be a pleasurable and perhaps reinvigorating experience.

  • Depression

There are two main types of depression.  Endogenous depression stems from biological causes in a person.  It may best be helped by physical forms of treatment.  Reactive depression, as the name suggests, is a reaction to external factors.

  • Anxiety

Difficulty with thinking about anxiety is that it manifests in different ways and has different causes. It can include generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Anger

Anger is a natural and essential emotion which has its origins in aggression – a basic potential in all of us.  We feel anger surfacing in the face of something is unsatisfactory.

An addiction is when someone takes a substance or engages in a behaviour which is initially enjoyable or serves a purpose but whose continued use becomes compulsive and interferes with the responsibilities of everyday life.