Counselling is a confidential 'talking therapy' which gives an opportunity to explore anxieties and concerns in a safe, neutral environment. Sheenagh has over 20 years experience of working with many complex and diverse issues including stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, coping with major life events and managing change.
Personal therapy takes many forms; I believe the relationship with the client is crucial to successful outcomes. My counselling training included understanding theoretical models of counselling as well as a supervised placement practice.
Counselling can help couples and individuals to work through difficulties, explore options and reach solutions or make changes that are right for them.
Sessions usually last for up to an hour, sessions are arranged by agreement, some can be weekly others may be monthly or less frequently depending on situation and need.
I receive monthly supervision to review my practice and work to BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy I have had membership of the BACP since 2011.
CBT for many is the treatment of choice as it has a sound research based evidence of effectiveness. CBT involves a shared understanding of a client’s personal situation. CBT explores how thoughts, feelings, ideas, attitudes and behaviours impact on daily life. Once a clear “case formulation” is agreed then together a treatment plan with identified goals is put together. At this point an idea of the amount of sessions required will be given
Sessions normally last up to an hour; initially sessions tend to be weekly decreasing to a fortnightly or monthly arrangement dependent on individual circumstance and need. Most people have between 6 and 10 sessions although every situation is different and consultations vary.
You will be encouraged to take an active part in your therapy, you will usually be expected to “do your bit” between sessions. If you are experiencing panic attacks for example, you may be asked to keep a diary of your thoughts and activities which occur before, or during an attack.
The work between sessions is essential to the success of therapy as is exploration of alternative ways of coping. At no time will you be asked to do anything which makes you feel uncomfortable; you are in charge of your own change process.
Coaching is a professional role which can aid organisations, groups and individuals to maximise their performance in pursuit of their identified goals. It is a future focussed approach to creating meaningful change and enhances life experience.
Sheenagh uses a collaborative, solution – focussed approach to identifying goals and facilitating change in a meaningful way, exploring personal motivation and preferred outcomes with the client.
Identifying for yourself what you want to do in your career can be an empowering experience. A single session can be effective in identifying your own targets for the future including personal goals and professional aspirations.