Lanka Templeman BSc(Hons) PGdip
24 Liverpool Gardens
My approach to counselling
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
― Bruce Lee
This quote, though not from a source usually associated with therapy, is still very descriptive of what we will do in therapy. The goal is yours and it will be specific to you. I will provide a safe space where you can work out what that goal is and how therapy can help you, then we will work together towards making it happen.
What happens in counselling
Counselling is not like taking a tablet for a headache and there are no guaranteed outcomes. What you will be invited to do with your counsellor involves forming a reliable and trusting relationship where you will be able to put down your baggage, open it up and have a good look at what you are carrying. After that you will be able to unpack it, sort through it, let go of some things and re-pack the rest into something manageable.
“People were always saying that talking things out would help but I didn’t know until I had counselling that it wasn’t just saying things out loud, it was how I was listened to. She [the counsellor] didn’t judge me, she didn’t get upset about what I was saying. After a while I could listen to myself not just what other people thought. Before [counselling] I would never have believed what a difference that would make.”
"Thank-you so much for your help. You are very good at your job."
Why you might come
- You have found yourself in a rut, for example - finding yourself in the same situation again and again or repeating behaviours that are no longer satisfying or useful to you.
- An emotional crisis, for example – Anxiety, stress or depression.
- A recent event has become hard to cope with, for example – Bereavement, job loss, relationship breakdown.
- Personal development, for example – Lack of confidence, inner conflict, lack of meaning in life or developing your potential.
- You have something specific you want to achieve in your life but don't know how to go about it.
Counselling will take a commitment of your time and money so, it is always worth considering whether it is the right time for you. I offer an initial session at reduced cost so we can meet, see how we get along and, decide how you would like to proceed.
There are also some useful articles on this website that can help you decide.
If you are ready, I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a degree in Psychology, a Certificate in counselling skills and a Post Graduate Diploma In Person Centred/Existential Counselling.
Before starting private practice, I worked as a student counsellor for London Metropolitan University, and a staff counsellor at Mayday Hospital. I currently work for Carers Support West Sussex as a volunteer counsellor and a paid assessor.
I am a member of the BACP and am guided by and adhere, to their guidelines for ethical practice
which can be found here - http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Areas of speciality – These are the issues that I have particular experience and interest.
- Bereavement - Loss of loved ones and pets.
- Carers – Issues around being a full time carer for another person.
- Self-esteem – Gaining confidence and assertiveness.
- Anxiety – Issues around excessive worrying, panic attacks and pessimism.
- Weight loss - Supporting you through the process of dieting and weight loss.
- First Session - £20
- Fee for a 50 minute session £40 - £50.
- I have a sliding scale depending on circumstances and keep a few concessionary spaces for those on low income.
- Students of counselling - £35
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening apointments are available. Earliest appointment 9.30am and last appointment at 7.30pm
Types of client