Helen ArnoldCounselling in Loughborough (LE11)

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Therapy in Central Loughborough (LE11) and online

Your therapist will be impartial but understanding...listen to you without judgment and help you explore your thoughts and emotions...they won’t tell you what you should think or do. (BACP)

A counsellor will ... help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. (BACP, 2021)

Hi, I’m Helen. Welcome to my website. There's an FAQ page which answers some questions or you're welcome to give me a call, drop me an email or text and I'll get back to you.

I'm a therapist based in Loughborough working in person at my Loughborough office and by phone and online with people from further afield. Sometimes a mix of in-person and remote sessions means you can take counselling along wherever life takes you.

I offer a free 1/2 hour consultation in person, by phone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime so we can meet each other, have a chat, you can ask questions and get a feel for how we might work together.

I believe in the ability of every individual to thrive and take responsibility for making positive changes, and the value of having a therapist as a support whilst you work things out. Counselling is a shared venture and, because we're both unique, we'll collaborate to build our own safe and unique alliance. Like all relationships there may be ups, downs and plateaus, but unlike most relationships therapy is a space to explore the good, the bad and the ugly, openly, without judgment or punishment. I have experience of working with people of all ages who have chosen counselling to help them get in touch with, express and explore feelings, to make changes, or find acceptance so they can live a fuller, more balanced life.

Whatever you're feeling, whatever your experience is, it is important. I work one to one with people bringing a wide range of concerns to counselling. These include, but are not limited to, illness, bereavement, domestic abuse (physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial), childhood sexual abuse, OCD, anger, rape, anxiety, trauma, addictions, living with an addicted person, PTSD, divorce and the aftermath, loneliness, over or under-eating, depression, suicidal thoughts, work, family or study worries.

The covid pandemic left many people in low spirits, anxious, angry, lonely or lost and now we're all out and about more there can be a sense that we shouldn't be feeling bad! But relationships might have been strained, either through the intensity of being stuck at home together, perhaps with new hardships and disappointments, or due to enforced separation. You might have been faced with difficult truths about yourself, your loved ones or relationships while there were fewer distractions. You may have experienced bereavement and, whether that was due to covid or not, your experience of losing a loved one might have been all the more upsetting due to reduced visiting at care homes and hospitals. For a long while funeral arrangements were affected so you might not have been able to give someone the send off and goodbye that you wanted.

It's not unusual to struggle if, having adapted to remote, restricted living you're finding 'the new normal' worrying, stressful or disappointing. We experienced the fear and isolation of lockdowns for quite some time. Keeping our distance, wearing masks and avoiding natural socialising might have helped reduce the spread of covid but they sent signals of danger which have had a detrimental effect on well-being and relationships, leaving lots of people feeling stuck with feelings or in situations that don't feel healthy and alive. Children and young people lost valuable opportunities for education, social and emotional development.

As a humanistic, integrative counsellor, my work is based on belief in the power of humans to change and grow, so the good news is that just as we adapted to life in lockdown, we can continue to adapt, and thrive!

Every client is unique so the therapeutic relationship I have with each client is unique too. I want to understand your world, your perspective, your story, your experiences so I can help you reduce anxiety, rise out of depression and beat your demons. You may be so full up that there's just no capacity left to think straight. I'm here to help hold what burdens you, giving you space to breathe again.

Counselling is undoubtedly therapeutic but it's also work. I can work with you but not do it for you or to you. Laying your emotional cards on the table can be uncomfortable at times, but it can also be enormously rewarding, and I'll be there to celebrate your successes as well as sitting with you through difficult times.

I'm a member of the BACP and involved in regular professional development.

Email, text or call me to find out how counselling can help you.

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