About Sheila Cole
Deciding to come for counselling can sometimes be a difficult step to take so I hope the following information will be helpful
My current situation and counselling practice
I am presently working for Mind, an organisation for better mental health.
My client work here includes helping those suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. I also help people with problems that could affect their mental well being such as stress, illness, relationship problems or bereavement
I am also working in private practice and as a telephone counsellor for a fully licensed medical organisation that offers both medical and psychological support.
Other areas I have worked in include:
I was involved in helping those who are or have been involved in an abusive relationship.
Giving Support for Those Affected by Crime
Here I offered confidential support to help people trying to cope and deal with their experiences.
I have also been involved in group activities including:
- Coping with loss
- Understanding anger
- Eating disorders
- Domestic abuse
- Living with a chronic illness - Diabetes
Clinical Training in Counselling
I am a qualified counsellorwith a diploma in therapeutic counselling and experience and additional training in telephone counselling and support work.
I am a United Kingdom Registered Independent Counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow their ethical framework for good practice.
I also have additional training and experience in the areas of:
bereavement, grief and loss
- Domestic abuse – Freedom programme
- Eating Disorders - Beat
- Self harm
- Suicide and coping with the loss of another by suicide. SOBS
- Low Self esteem
-Mental health problems - Mind
- Anger and anxiety management plus relaxation techniques
In the past I also qualified and worked as a state registered nurse and midwife.
How I Work - Counselling sessions
During the first session, you will have the opportunity to receive further information about counselling and ask any questions you might have.
If you would then like to continue, we will look at the issues that have brought you to counselling at this time and the best way for you to proceed.
As the counselling progresses, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns in a relaxed environment without the fear of being judged. This confidential setting can make it easier to talk more freely about your problems and gain greater understanding of yourself and your life.
Some of the different theoretical approaches I use are:
I have experience and training in a number of theoretical approaches which enables me to tailor the sessions to the individual needs of my clients. I find this an effective way of working as it takes into account the individuality of my clients and their unique personalities and lives.
I usually begin the counselling with this non directive approach which sees people as full of potential for growth if given the right environment. This can often be the first step towards gaining understanding and experiencing your world in a better way or making the changes you need.
My aim for the counselling sessions is to give my clients the right therapeutic environment to help them progress and find their own way forwards.
I also use cognitive behaviour therapy that helps clients to challenge their thinking behind unhelpful behaviour. This can enable them to replace these with more helpful thoughts and ideas to bring about the changes they need.
This approach helps clients to explore their past experiences and look at any unhelpful defences they may have put into place that could be affecting their lives now.
This is an effective questioning technique that enables clients to work instinctively and imaginatively to unlock the door to deeper levels of understanding. It helps them to discover the hidden resources within them, recognise the choices they have and become more aware their own strengths and abilities so they can find their own way forward.
In all my counselling work I always aim to use the therapeutic approach that is most helpful for my clients and their individual needs.
For more information please go to top left - View contact information and visit my website
Blog (recent posts)
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| Posted on February 08, 2011
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