Counselling in Wokingham with Susan Reid
I am a qualified, experienced, accredited counsellor and psychotherapist offering face to face counselling and psychotherapy to individual adults and young people in Wokingham, Berkshire and the surrounding counties of Surrey and Hampshire.
If there are areas of your life which are causing you concern I can offer you an opportunity to explore these situations and help you to achieve a positive outcome which is meaningful and relevant to you. You may be finding a valued relationship challenging, or experiencing difficulty with a change in your life such as bereavement, loss of a relationship, loss of preganancy or fertility, childlessness or loss of a home or country of birth. Retirement, redundancy illness, divorce or breakup of a significant relationship, a new job are all difficult, emotional and confusing times. You may find that one, or several of these events in your life are causing you to feel angry, anxious, or experiencing panic. They are also stressful and life events may also leave you feeling depressed.
My role is to listen to your story and help you to explore it. Because I am neither friend, relative nor business colleague, I do not have a vested interest in your choices or decisions.
I hear your story as you understand it.
Counselling can be life changing, but it requires commitment.
It is not always possible to talk through challenging situations with a family member, friend or colleague; there may be a part of you that you don't want to share. Within each relationship, each family member, friend or colleague may have an opinion, an interest in your decisions, your plans for the future; they will have their own interpretation of your story.
I will only know what you choose to tell me and we will work with your views, your opinions, your interpretation of your story.
My aim is to help you to understand what you want rather than what you feel you must do, or what others expect from you.
Will counselling work?
It depends what answer you are looking for.
I hear your story, from your perspective and can help you to understand where your challenges, frustrations and anxieties lie. Very often people find this helpful as they begin to understand themselves and their circumstances a little better.
It is not my role to 'fix' things for you, but to help you to talk about your situation and how it makes you feel so that you can find your own solutions.
How long does it take?
This is a difficult question to answer and very much depends on your reasons for seeking counselling. If you would like to limit the number of sessions we can talk about that in our first meeting. I would usually suggest six as a minimum, however, working in an open-ended way will give us much more freedom to explore until you have reached the place you need to be.
Counselling is an investment in yourself and your future.
I work integratively with adults, which means I integrate different counselling styles to best suit your needs. I try to encourage you to find the words to describe how you are feeling rather than sitting in silence, waiting for you to speak.I aim to create a warm, welcoming environment where you feel able to share your thoughts and experiences in a quiet private space.
I offer appointments during the day and in the evening.
I can also offer support to men and women who are childfree,childless by circumstance or childless not by choice as they explore their experience and the place they find themselves in the world. These experiences can bring up many feelings including anger, grief, depression, sadness, shame, jealousy and isolation. Feelings such as these may also arise if you find yourself ageing without children or grandchildren. I can support you as you explore these emotions, accept your situation and find a purpose for your life.