Dennis Rice, Anxiety Counsellor
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A warm welcome to Therapy4u. My name is Dennis and my hope is that we will share a journey together in terms of learning new ways to address and help your anxiety.
A little bit about me:
I am a Gestalt-trained counsellor, which is sometimes expressed as "here and now" therapy. The core philosophy is the more present we are the better we are able to deal with life's challenges, anxiety and stress being primary ones which directly affect our well being and general happiness.
I have worked extensively with clients suffering with anxiety and a sense of hopelessness, in particular as a pro bono counsellor with the charity MIND.
I can't emphasise enough that for me this is a collaboration between you and I with the central goal of helping you to get well again and to go back to getting the most out of your professional and personal life.
We will look at and work with the tools which suit you best, initially in six sessions which we will review to see if you feel you are making progress. Typically a client intuitively knows when they have had enough therapy, so I always encourage you to keep and open mind and just trust your gut.
Firstly, you are not alone. We all have it. Anxiety was a common feeling for men and women in prehistoric times as leaving their caves meant potentially losing life and limb to a predator. Our brains have not developed much since then and as far as anxiety is concerned the flight response feels extremely preferable to the stand and fight alternative.
In fact, our brain reacts one million times quicker in terms of taking steps to protect us before the conscious thought comes along to allay those fears and often tell us they are not real. We will not die from addressing an audience, or from starting a new job, or entering into a new relationship. But for those with anxiety these fears feel extremely real.
Anxiety and Shame:
Shame is a block to everything, because it stops us getting help from others. Left alone it grows and grows, infecting our whole being. But when we can share shame withers and dies. I personally love helping my clients quell shame and to take charge of their anxiety as a consequence. Contacting a counsellor is often the first crucial step toward combatting your shame.
Where I operate:
I primarily see clients in Bow (E3), East London, but also have access to therapy rooms in Farringdon (EC1) if that works better for you? I see clients from ten in the morning until 8pm at night on weekdays and up until 1-2pm at weekends. I also offer counselling via Skype.
Ten things I would like to help you with:
- Help you to feel heard.
- Acknowledge whatever it is that is troubling you.
- Become curious about yourself, and how you are in the world.
- Challenge you when appropriate, especially around fixed positions you are reluctant to shift from, even if they are unhelpful or damaging for you.
- Develop your awareness, again especially about how you interact with the world around you.
- De-role you so that for at least 50 minutes-a-week you are an individual i.e. not just a parent, a bread-winner, a people-pleaser etc.
- Help you mobilise yourself (and I must emphasise this only happens when you declare yourself ready) towards change.
- Accompany you and support you when you have to go to difficult places in the therapy room.
- Encourage you to sit with painful feelings, dwell a while is possible, then assist you to safely re-emerge.
- Sometimes hold what you cannot and, again only when you are ready and able, help you to take it back a piece at a time.
Although I mainly clients who want help with anxiety and stress-related issues, I also have a strong interest in assisting anyone who feels what was once an enjoyable past-time might be veering towards an addiction. I have experience as working as a voluntary prison liaison officer for Gamblers Anonymous (GA), and of running and speaking at meetings for both GA, and also Narcotics Anonymous.
I see therapy as a great personal and business tool and strongly believe that the robustness it adds to a client via good supportive empathic therapy greatly aids both. I also have considerable experience with helping clients work their way through issues around anxiety, sexual abuse, relationships, and bereavement.
As discussed, my training is in Gestalt and, to that end, I very much like the idea of helping my client to explore what past or future interruptions might be affecting their well-being in the present, particularly as it has been shown that the more 'present' we are the more we are able to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.
- Introductory Certificate in Humanistic Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.
- I also have an honours degree in English Literature (2:1).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with clients who express what some psychotherapists refer to as "complicated grief," that is to say feelings around loss which are so overwhelming that it feels like you can't move on, that they just won't go away.
I am also interested in how the body itself can hold and remember trauma going way back, and also how stimulating and mobilised clients can become when they start to get back in touch with what is going on in their bodies.
"The body never lies. Whenever you move, walk or talk, you bring with you all your life." Martha Graham, dancer and performer.
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£65 for a 50 minute session in Bow, East London; or £85 at the Farringdon practice ( about the same walking time to both Farringdon and Angel Islington stations).
I also offer a reduced fee of £35 for a 30 minute Skype or telephone counselling session.
I am a fully qualified Gestalt counsellor and therapist (www.therapy4u.online) offering help for clients with anxiety, stress, bereavement, and relationship difficulties. I am also interested in helping clients who suffer with addiction, which I have considerable experience in as a former prison liaison officer with Gamblers Anonymous, who has also helped members of Narcotics Anonymous.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, saturdays 9am-1pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|