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Lights in the Dark
  • What is therapy?
    Is a form of treatment for psychological issues where clients and therapists collaborate to identify issues and develop solutions in a neutral, non-judgmental and objective point of view.
  • How do I know I need therapy?
    Whilst a good friend can listen to you when overwhelmed, the ability to cope is something that a trained psychologist can teach you. You can start a path of self-development, modify old behaviours, unravel complicated personal difficulties, or receive clarity on an issue by attending counselling sessions. You could seek counselling because of a crisis, or you might be persuaded to do so by friends, family, or co-workers.
  • What will we discuss in therapy?
    Our clients come to us with a variety of issues, including. · abuse (including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse) · addiction and substance misuse · anxiety (generalised anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia) · bereavement/grief/loss · depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal) · eating problems (including bulimia, binge eating, negative body image) · low self-esteem and lack of confidence · obsessive-compulsive disorder · phobias and fears · relationship issues (breakups, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and pre and post marital issues) · sexual problems (impotence, internet/pornography/sex addiction, loss of desire, infertility) · trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder from accidents, rape and other attacks/incidents) · workplace issues (stress, work-life imbalances).
  • What should I expect in a counselling session?
    In most cases, rather than treating you, your initial appointment will be utilised for evaluation and consultation. This enables you to name your problems as you perceive them and gives your therapist a better picture of what you need. Therefore, it is unlikely to see any long-term benefits from just one session. Your therapist offers a secure setting for you to examine your problems and is well-versed in reflective and active listening. You are generally allowed to talk about anything you choose during most forms of therapy, including routine happenings, moral difficulties, feelings, and ideas as well as regrets, goals, recollections, and dreams. You may benefit from more organised, hands-on activities, shorter-term kinds of treatment, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which may help you better understand your thoughts and behaviours.
  • Who can therapy help?
    There is no restriction on who can receive counselling. Regardless of your culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or occupational background, you are welcome here. Counselling has advantages for couples, families, young people, children, adolescents and adults. Are there other options aside a face-to-face that can be scheduled? You can, indeed. Today, a large portion of our therapists see patients via private video platforms like Zoom or google meet. You can discuss what suits you or have a hybrid method if you would prefer to visit in person whenever feasible and virtually otherwise.
  • Benefits of therapy
    1. Learn to manage conflicts – Therapy may be helpful if you struggle to handle conflicts of any kind in your life. You may learn how to establish healthy relationship boundaries, communicate your requirements clearly, and assertively demand the things you want from people and circumstances. Anyone may benefit from learning conflict resolution techniques, and the stronger you get at it, the more situations in your life you'll be able to handle. 2. Treat mental health issues — Therapy is useful in treating a range of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. A sign of strength and something to be proud of is prioritising your mental health and seeking the assistance you require without feeling bad about it. 3. Enhance communication skills – Therapy may teach you how to communicate in a healthy, effective, and pleasant way. Being able to communicate well enables you to succeed in almost every aspect of your life. Therapy may help you develop the skills you need to feel confident whenever you're speaking with others, regardless of whether you tend to avoid conflict, get upset too easily, or experience anxiety while having direct conversations. 4. Collaborations with your family – Therapy may be a great help in resolving issues that arise within families. A therapist may assist in mending fences and developing constructive communication techniques that can assist families in overcoming trauma, loss, addiction problems, and other concerns by offering both individual and group treatment choices. Your family ties will undoubtedly improve whether you have individual treatment or family therapy. 5. Change your negative thought patterns because we become what we think. Therapy might assist if you're plagued by unhelpful mental habits that are affecting your life. You'll discover how to first recognise what you're doing before starting to retrain your brain to see and respond to events differently. Through counselling, you may work on issues including handling conflict, overcoming your anxieties, and repairing marital problems. It functions by altering unfavourable mental habits. 6. Change negative destructive habits – Just like our ideas, occasionally our actions may be harmful. They may prevent us from leading happy and healthy lives. Perhaps you have a problem with addiction, you tend to self-destruct, or you act in other unfavourable ways. You can change the behaviours that are harming your relationships and the environment around you via therapy. 7. Better performance at work – You perform at your best when you feel better. Therapy is crucial for reasons other than your mental health. Attending therapy to address specific issues in your life might make you more effective in other areas of your life, such as at work. According to several studies, receiving mental health treatment is directly related to less lost workdays. 8. Find supportive people who are healthy and upbeat; having the proper people by your side may make all the difference while you're going through a difficult time. Therapy could be able to assist if you have trouble finding a solid support network, detest asking for help, or frequently find yourself drawn to toxic relationships that don't enrich your life. You may concentrate on altering your existing habits and cognitive patterns throughout treatment, which are probably contributing to whatever problems you're experiencing.
  • Where do I start from?
    You can call us, send us an email, or use our online form to schedule a general consultation. We will pair you with a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor if you prefer a particular method of counselling or psychotherapy. Your initial meeting consists of an evaluation, and if the therapist determines that you might benefit from a different type of counselling or psychotherapy, they will often suggest another professional for you to take into consideration.
  • How will I know a therapist is good for me?
    By reading each therapist's unique profile under "Therapists," you may discover more about them and their methodology. You can also speak with our administrative staff, who can provide you further direction. It's crucial that you engage with a counsellor or psychotherapist you finally feel comfortable trusting if you want your treatment to be productive. In your initial consultation, the therapist will give you both the chance to evaluate if working together would be beneficial for you both.
  • How long does therapy take?
    Your situation will have a big impact on how long your therapy takes. To discuss your needs, we advise six sessions, followed by an evaluation. Additionally, it is based on the kind of therapy you decide to pursue. For instance, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which lasts six to 20 sessions, is intended to be short-term. The duration of psychodynamic, humanistic, and existential therapy can go on for several months or even years. Remember that after you begin sessions, additional concerns and perspectives could emerge that you later wish to explore. Of course, it is also possible to experience progress more quickly than you anticipated. In conclusion, it is advisable to have an open mind on how long it will take.
  • Confidentiality
    Counselling sessions are private, yes. Your therapist has an ethical obligation to keep your information confidential. Keep in mind that licensed therapists must have a supervisor monitoring their work to guarantee they are providing their clients with the highest quality of care. A therapist would not reveal your identify, and the supervisor would likewise be obligated by law to keep the confidentiality of any information disclosed, even if they discussed the broad strokes of your case with their supervisor.
  • What if I cannot make it to a session? (Cancellation policy).
    Your therapist, you, and another client whose appointment time was theoretically available are all affected by a cancelled session. Please give a minimum of 24 hours' notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment at any time.
  • Will I be required to pay a deposit before my appointment?
    Certainly. A 30% upfront deposit is required prior to your appointment. This deposit becomes nonrefundable if you do not cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled time, as the slot could be allocated to another client.
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