The willow reminds us of the need to let go sometimes, to surrender completely to the world of emotions and subconscious, so that we may be carried toward a deeper understanding of our innermost feelings, desires and fears.

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Is all therapy the same? How do I know what is best for me?

Hello! Thank you for being here! It can be really confusing to know how and when to access mental health support when we don't quite feel like ourselves, are in distress, feeling lost, alone, sad, anxious or angry.  Sometimes it is hard to know whom to talk to or, what to talk about. Sometimes we don't want to talk at all to start with and, would prefer to do a creative exercise or activity with movement to express ourselves. Maybe we know exactly what we want to talk about and explore, maybe learning new skills and strategies to integrate into daily life. Counselling is a unique process, just like our emotions and experiences are, to each of us. Emma can be with you during your therapeutic journey in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you whether it's through talking, drawing, movement or, visualising. There are some different approaches listed below. There might be one that is of particular interest, that you would like to explore?

Emotion-Focused 

Emotions influence our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, beliefs and desires. This approach delves into becoming more aware of emotions, processing difficult sensations and reflecting on experiences. By focusing on our internal experiences we can explore, notice and process emotions.

In this approach, emotional distress can be linked to specific thoughts and behaviours. This practice is goal-oriented and seeks to promote well-being with practical coping skills. Acknowledgement and processing of our thoughts, beliefs and behaviours can promote mindful and balanced strategies to effectively manage difficulties.

Sensorimotor 

This approach integrates an understanding of neuroscience with the mind and body. Our bodies respond to trauma, in various ways, some of which can contribute to ongoing distress. Mindful body awareness helps to unpack the experience of the physical body in relation to emotions in the present moment.

Narrative 

Our lives are influenced by the ideas we have about ourselves. Our narratives could be about who we are, where we are from, the expectations of family or, from society. Exploring our story empowers us to address problems by rewriting or, giving a new meaning to our journey.

Interpersonal 

We are connected to others over our lifetime with different kinds of relationships. The way we interact with others, respond to others and feel about ourselves in the world influences our experiences. Exploring these patterns allows us to identify the benefits, or, impacts that our interactions have on our daily functioning.

Existential 

This approach is philosophical in nature. Experiences or sensations associated with anxiety, freedom, responsibility, mortality and aloneness may contribute to a sense of disconnection, lack of purpose or stress in daily life. Exploring such themes encourages us to think about the meaning of life and, embrace our existence.

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