Jan Holton B.A.(Hons), MA, UKCP reg, MBACP Psychotherapy

Talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist can be of huge benefit when you are struggling with life. You may have no one to talk to, or you may feel you have friends and family who should be support enough but talking to them doesn’t help. They may be too close to the problem to be neutral; they may not give you their full attention; they may interrupt with their own issues or they may react angrily. They may also want to fix the problem in a well-meaning way but this can feel disempowering.

When you go to see a counsellor or psychotherapist you can expect to be listened to in an accepting, non-judgmental way with full attention and interest. There is no miracle cure but by exploring your thoughts and feelings in an atmosphere of warmth and in a calm, secure and confidential environment you can start to feel less alone and you should be able to see your difficulties more objectively. Counselling can:
- build your self esteem
- be a growing process whereby unwanted feelings can be changed
- promote a better quality of life, health and wellbeing
- develop your capacity to make better choices
- increase your personal success and contentment

There are so many different counseling and psychotherapy approaches that it can seem overwhelming when trying to decide which is best for you. I have an integrative training, which means that I can move flexibly among a range of approaches, depending on the needs of the client. Being integrative also means that I consider the whole person - thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms. You may have unresolved issues from the past that are affecting your everyday life, which may appear as physical illness or unwanted recurring behaviour patterns. If you are stuck in this way your ability to respond fully to life decreases. While paying attention to these deeper issues I also look for strategies to help you cope on a day to day basis.

It is interesting that often the issue you come into counselling with may not be the real issue that is holding you back. I have the skills and experience to help you uncover what’s really going on and causing you to feel unhappy.

“When you are in psychological distress and someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mould you, it feels damn good!” (Carl R Rogers)


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