Counselling Therapy & EMDR for Individuals and Couples

In-Person Sessions

We can have socially distanced face-to-face sessions in person in my private office.

remote sessions

We can have sessions via Zoom or Bilateral Base for those who prefer t his way of working.

Working with me

For Individuals

One of the greatest rewards of regular counselling, is that it creates a safe space to offload emotional burdens

Often we’re so accustomed to carrying toxic thoughts and feelings we only become fully aware of how much they have weighed us down when we discard them.

The process of offloading can relieve a lot of stress and help you see your situation with more clarity.

There is often confusion between the terms "Counselling" and "Therapy" and those terms are used interchangeably to describe the same process. It could be said that Counselling tends to be shorter term and will generally focus on a specific issue and Therapy is more general and often goes deeper to examine childhood issues and is more general. I use both both "Counselling" and "Therapy" in the way I will work with you.

Sometimes allowing strong feelings to be expressed can be an uncomfortable experience, however I will be there to listen in a warm and respectful manner and without judgement or evaluation. This forms the basis of the work that we do in therapy and while we explore the issues you bring to the sessions we also organically find a way of working that best suits you.

I want to create an environment which is unconditionally accepting so you feel enabled to talk freely about any aspect of your life. In this way solutions arising from your own deep wisdom can begin to surface and offer new perspective on your life and ways of moving forward.

It all starts with the initial session where we can use the counselling process to explore the possibility of working together. If you want to work with me; then you'll be agreeing to attend to attend weekly 50 minute sessions until we agree to end.

For Couples

Like any form of relationship counselling, couples counselling is not about being told what to do. I will take an impartial affirmative and balanced perspective on your relationship and how we can take it forward.

I’ll be encouraging you to participate in a process where you both are enabled to take the most appropriate steps and will assist you with exercises to take your relationship in a better and positive direction.

If your relationship has been in conflict for some time, you may feel resentful and apportion blame to the other person. By supporting positive communication and learning ways to listen to each other and find more caring ways to be with each other, counselling can help you and your partner come to your own decisions about how to progress.

This might also involve changing how you interact with each other; the ways you spend time together or how you deal with specific issues as a couple.

In some cases, this process might require ‘homework’ to be completed outside your counselling sessions. This is unique to everyone I work with, it can take the form of listening exercises, topics to discuss and alternative ways of dealing with certain situations or completing a specific task together.

Often it is thought that couples coaching is only suitable for couples in conflict. I also see couples in the early stages of their relationship who are noticing problems arising. Often, we notice that these problems are patterns that have surfaced in other relationships and coming to couples coaching at this time in your relationship creates the possibility of breaking previous patterns so that the relationship is less likely to get into conflict further down the line.

EMDR

In addition to Counseling and Therapy, I offer Standard EMDR and AF-EMDR. AF-EMDR is a highly effective treatment often used to treat depression, anxiety, pain management and the effect of painful memories from our childhood. EMDR is a proven technique to overcome the legacy of abuse from childhood or deeply upsetting experiences which have remained stored in the system for instance the effects of being “othered” or “childhood bullying” which can affect your ability to fully enjoy life. Sometimes traumatic memories can be severe to the extent that they disrupt the normal functioning of the brain and lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in which flashbacks, panic or general discomfort are so invasive that everyday life becomes unbearable. EMDR is a proven and effective treatment to help resolve this. Experiences such as war, childhood trauma, surgical trauma, accidents and other deeply distressing events can be processed and released during an EMDR session.

There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.”

Andre Agassi

Pricing?

I charge:- £60.00 per 50 minute for individuals : £55.00 per discounted bundle of 6 online sessions via Zoom : £90.00 per 75 minutes for couples

For Insurance Companies and Employee Assistance Programmes, Please contact me for separate pricing structure

FAQS

  • Advanced Certificate in Attachment-Focussed EMDR – 2019
  • Standard EMDR Europe Accreditated Training – 2019
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (EdExcel) – 2009
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Gold Counselling – 2000
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Dip-THP) – 2000

I am a BUPA Accredited Psychotherapist and take referrals from self-referring members and BUPA direct

I also am registered with:

  • AXA
  • AVIVA
  • CIGMA
  • Vitality Health
  • Nuffield Health

and all major UK medical insurance providers

For Individuals you would attending weekly sessions and eventually (if appropriate) moving to fortnightly.  The duration can be short term (6 – 12) sessions, medium term 12 – 16 sessions, or longer term which could be 20 sessions of more depending on the issues you bring.  I tend to work medium term with most people.

For couples sessions are fortnightly and I ask couples to commit to 6 – 12 fortnightly sessions in order for this to be effective.

Everything we discuss is confidential.  My professional requires that I undertake supervision to ensure I’m working ethically.  Your identity will not be revealed at any time should I discuss you in supervision.

7.30am – 9.00pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

I tend to work medium term with individuals 16-20 sessions, but counselling can be short 6-12 sessions for an individual issue, or longer where are a a number of issues to deal with.  For couples 6-12 sessions maximum is normal.

I practice from a comfortable studio on the front of my discreet terraced house in Forest Gate, East London

Our first step is to meet for an initial session.  This is for us to explore the possibility of us working together and for you to get a feel for me and decide whether I’m a good fit for you

I’m an accreditated member of the BACP and a member of the EMDR Association

Working with children and adolescents requires special children and I don’t currently offer this.

I look forward to connecting with you

Please contact me via e-mail or telephone on the details below

Address: 1 Huddlestone Road, London E7 0AW
Phone: T: 0208 221 2416 M: 07951 382271 Email: ask@stuartaldertoncounselling.co.uk

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