True Serenity
Centre for Holistic Excellence

Counselling

Counselling at True Serenity

What is counselling?

Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling further, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.

Common subjects that can be addressed within counselling include the following:

Addictions

Wherever there is a physical addiction to a substance or activity - there is likely to be a psychological addiction too. Counselling aims to relieve the psychological addiction by exploring the root cause while helping to develop new ways of thinking.

Bereavement

Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone's life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help ease the process and resolve any remaining issues they may have.

Bullying

Being the victim of any form of abuse - verbal, emotional or physical - can lead to issues that may affect you all of your life. Counselling can offer victims the chance to seek help from authorities (if appropriate) as well as addressing the psychological repercussions in a safe environment.

Illness

Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone's world upside down. Counselling can help sufferers come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.

Mental health

Suffering from a mental health issue such as schizophrenia or depression can feel incredibly isolating. Counselling looks to discuss the feelings that arise in conjunction with these kinds of mental health issues, as well as overcome any personal challenges or frustrations. 

Relationships

Covering all types of relationships, counselling can be used to discuss issues in families, friendships and couples. Problems could involve anything from a poor relationship with a parent, difficulties in a friendship or with a partner, or even your relationships at work.

Trauma

Whether you've been involved in an accident or you have been the victim of abuse, the psychological impact of trauma can last years after the event itself. In a counselling session, trauma victims are encouraged to explore their feelings regarding the incident and look into how these could be resolved or changed.

Other

Feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem are becoming all too common in today's society. Counselling can offer practical advice for overcoming these kinds of issues, as well as allowing you the space to vent your frustrations and feelings.

Counsellors at True Serenity:

Peps has been a qualified integrative counsellor since 2002 working in Rochdale and the surrounding area. He offers both long and short -term therapy, and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully abides by their ethical framework for good practice. Peps is also a qualified IEMT practitioner.

Counselling offers a space to talk about the issues in your life and there are many reasons for coming. Talking things through with a supportive and non-judgemental therapist can help you gain clarity and make sense out of where you currently find yourself. This in itself can provide some relief and open up the potential for positive change. Whether you are having difficulties at work, have anxiety or depression, have had a major life event/trauma, an addiction, experienced loss, or just need to make sense of your current situation, Peps can offer you a warm, confidential and welcoming space where you feel safe, respected and supported in order to explore your thoughts and feelings; this approach is at the heart of how Peps works.

As an integrative counsellor Peps draws on different approaches to help understand the uniqueness of your individual situation. Most importantly, he will gauge his approach to fit with what feels right for you.

David Peake has practised as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 17 years, in the voluntary sector, for the NHS, and in private practice within the Greater Manchester area, including Central Manchester and Rochdale. He has considerable experience of working with clients both in time-limited episodes of counselling and longer term psychotherapy. Most of the clients David see’s resolve their issues satisfactorily within the 4 to 12 appointment model of time-limited counselling, but other clients he has worked with (some of whom were discharged by the NHS with issues still unresolved) needed longer term psychotherapy to help them alleviate their problems.

David Peake - https://www.dpeak-counselling.org/

Jose Jackson has been working in the field of therapy for 10 years. Initially she trained in Person Centred Therapy and had, until a few years ago worked for the NHS as a Therapist. She follows an Integrative approach to therapy and has acquired much knowledge over the years from her ongoing Professional Development, she is a qualified Hypnotherapist, Reiki master, and has trained in CBT and Art Therapy to name but a few.

Jose Jackson - http://www.keystone-tss.co.uk/

Eileen Steed has a background of supporting children with learning difficulties as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties within education. She also has counselling experience within her own private practice and within voluntary organisations. Eileen has experience of working with adults and children supporting a wide range of issues. She has counselling qualifications including a diploma in person centred therapy and a diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is a registered member of the BACP.

Eileen Steed - https://www.first-steps-counselling.com/

Melanie Drameh

Are you struggling with life alone? Please don't, just by making a few small changes, your life can begin to change for the better, right here, right now. My clients tell me that their lives changed the day that we spoke on the phone and made that appointment. Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do but it’s always the most rewarding.

Make that commitment to yourself. Be selfish, put yourself first for once, it's the only way to be able to be the best you, for the people that you love. In just 1 session you will be given tools to begin the change. To walk the path to a life full of wonder and courage. You will learn ways to deal with stress and anxiety and achieve an ability to look into the future and face the challenges ahead with confidence and renewed strength.

My clients cannot believe the changes that happen in their lives once they have started to work with me. I Provide them with tools and exercises that they need to begin to re-build and work towards securing a future full of promise.

Melanie Dramehhttps://www.achievehappiness.co.uk/

Contact Information

True Serenity, Centre for Holistic Excellence

Castleton Health & Leisure Centre
Manchester Road
Castleton
Rochdale
OL11 3AF

Tel: 01706 630750

Mobile: 07948 759834

Opening times

Monday - Closed

Tuesday & Thursday
10.00am - 8.30pm

Wednesday & Friday                          10.00am - 6pm 

Saturday                                       10.00am - 2.00pm

*Additional hours by arrangement* 

NB: Closed Bank Holidays

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