Lanka Templeman Social Anxiety Therapist
24 Liverpool Gardens
My approach to counselling
Do any of these situations cause you excessive worry?
- Interacting with unfamiliar people
- Attending parties or social gatherings
- Going to work or school
- Starting conversations
- Making eye contact
- Romantic relationships
- Entering a room in which people are already seated
- Returning items to a shop
- Eating in front of others
- Using a public toilet
If you regularly rearrange your life in order to avoid these and other situations, it may be time to get help in the form of counselling, visiting your G.P and/or medication.
Most of us feel some fear when we know there is a possibility of being in the spotlight but for those who are socially anxious the fear of embarrassment, humiliation and criticism is much more serious. Among the most common symptoms are – Blushing, Fast heartbeat, Trembling, Sweating and Palpitations. These symptoms can get so intense that they lead to panic attacks, which are frightening and debilitating and can feel as necessary to avoid as the situations that cause them. This is when anxiety is getting in the way of everyday life and has become a problem.
My Anxiety therapy can help you to:
Manage panic attacks
Increase your confidence
Decrease the overly critical voice
Teach you how to be assertive
Receive criticism without being broken by it
Break out of isolation
Make the most of your life
Put most simply- You will be able to go outside, talk to new people and make relationships without constant worry.
Medication can help lessen the severity of the symptoms making it easier to get further help. You may well be prescribed anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication or beta-blockers. Getting help and support from your G.P can help not only with the medication, but by making a start in breaking the cycle of isolation and more withdrawal from people.
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. I continue to learn and train through courses and workshops.
Before starting private practice, I worked as a student counsellor for London Metropolitan University, a staff counsellor at Mayday Hospital and for Carers Support West Sussex as a counsellor and 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.
First session is £20 payable in cash at the end of the session.
Daytime Appointments £40 (9.30am – 5pm)
Evening appointments £45 (5pm – 8.30pm)
Weekend appointments £50
I do keep a few concessionary spaces, I am always happy to discuss them so please ask if you would like to be offered one of these.
Payment is usually made at the end of each session by cash or cheque but can also be paid by bank transfer at the end of each month.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening apointments are available. Earliest appointment 9.30am and last appointment (begins) at 7.30pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|