Private counselling practice in Swindon

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My comfy counselling room

Keeping our mental well-being in balance is really important. Especially during the recent difficulties of the COVID pandemic and restrictions on our daily lives. But there are signs that can show if your balance is not quite right, and counselling may be the help you need.

  • Have you been feeling more stressed lately?
  • Do you worry more?
  • Are you sleeping less or carrying a sense of anxiety?
  • Are everyday ups and downs getting more difficult to manage?
  • Do you have a sense of sadness or anxiety you can’t seem to let go of?
  • Do you feel stuck, overwhelmed or depressed?
Catherine Wallage MBACP

Counselling

There are times in your life when things change unexpectedly, feelings of anxiety can increase and might not seem to make sense. I will listen to your individual experience with empathy to understand what life is like for you. Are you always putting others’ needs first, comparing yourself to others? Holding back what you want to say afraid of what others may think. Finding yourself overwhelmed by a sense of sadness or depression you just can’t shake. I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental confidential space to talk and be heard. It may seem embarrassing or painful to talk about what’s been happening. I won’t judge your situation or choices.

As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I use a person-centred (talking) approach. I am a registered member of the BACP and my work is shaped by their ethical framework and commitment to clients. I believe in building a trusting relationship where change can happen by understanding and accepting who you are and how you would like to be.

I have experience in working with grief, sadness, anxiety, anger, fear, domestic abuse, depression, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, neglect and abuse, PTSD, gender and sexuality worries, relationship difficulties, recent diagnosis and ill health, including those caring for children/partners on the Autistic spectrum/ASD/Aspergers.

Counselling could help you cope with problems such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic abuse
  • Childhood abuse
  • Shame
  • Life stages and transitions
  • Gender issues
  • Sexuality identity
  • Sexual abuse
  • Negative childhood experiences
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Low confidence
  • Work worries
  • Neglect
  • Grief and loss

Individual Sessions

All sessions last approximately 50 minutes, I kindly ask for payment before your first session. Following sessions can be paid by BACS, Contactless by Card or phone by the end of the session. I can provide a receipt and invoice if you wish.

Face to Face Session


The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre,
Bath Road Old Town, SN1

North Swindon – 63 Twineham Road SN25 near Tadpole Village Gardens
£45

Online Session or Telephone


Telephone call
(I will call you)

Online Video Call
e.g zoom or Microsoft Team
£45

Availability

My general working hours are 10 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday, but when you Book a session you will be able to see my live availability. There may be times when I am unable to take on new clients but offer a waiting list.

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What is counselling and how could it help you?

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to me, as a trained professional, about your issues and concerns. I will treat you as the expert on yourself, as no one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you. I can help you explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence.

Sessions take place in regular weekly appointments. In most cases, it takes several sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, so how many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances.

Because of the commitment needed we will jointly agree on the frequency and number of sessions that are right for you and will re-assess this regularly.


How to start counselling?

Feeling comfortable with my personality, approach and style are important. So I offer a free 20-minute call to discuss what you would like to achieve from counselling. We will discuss how we will review progress towards your goals and plan a number of sessions. This is also your opportunity to ask me any questions you may have.

It’s important that you and your counsellor establish a good relationship that allows you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways at the start. However, with the help and support of your counsellor, you gradually start to feel better.