The Arden Centre
Welcome to The Arden Centre. We are a group of mental health specialists who have worked together in the NHS and have come together in order to offer a complete package of support for individuals and families. Our clinical director is a chartered psychologist and we also have trained counsellors, coaches, mental health nurses and nursery nurses working in our team.
We can offer you a range of assessment and therapy treatment options and will tailor our recommendation to suit your needs. We are able to treat both adults and children and to support you with a range of conditions. These might include:
- Worry or anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder
- Phobia's or fears including panic
- Sleeping or bedtime difficulties
- Feeding problems
- Eating difficulties such as Bulimia and over-eating
- Behavioural challenges
- Depression or persistent feelings of sadness
- Family relationship problems
- Loss and bereavement
- Post-traumatic stress
It may be that you know you are going to be experiencing a particularly stressful episode in your life and want some support to manage that well.
The Arden Centre offers expertise from a range of mental health professionals and we would be happy to discuss your individual needs.
What can we help you with?
It may be that you are clear about where your difficulties have arisen from and want some help moving forward and managing your current experiences. Sometimes, things can be less clear and you need help with understanding why you feel the way you do and where this has arisen from. The sensation of being stuck or overwhelmed is a common way and therapy is a good way of overcoming this or recognising and changing patterns in your life.
We can offer a tailored approach to your needs. A short period of therapy to help you overcome a change in your circumstances such as grief, loss or bereavement. It may be that you have lost your job or are having difficulties after the breakdown of a relationship. This experience may be reminding you of other losses you have had in your life and we can support you to gain some perspective and feel more able to move forward.
You may find that you are feeling overwhelmed or in an unhappy place perhaps consumed by anxious worries or thoughts. This may be impacting on how you are able to fully live your life and we can help you understand how to change the way you are feeling. You may have recently experienced a traumatic or frightening episode and are having difficulties sleeping or keep remembering the experience. Therapy can also help you stop feeling that you are stuck with these frightening memories and move you into a place that feels more positive.
How does therapy help?
We often find ways of managing our difficulties but over time these can be difficult to maintain or become less helpful. The constant attention to the areas that are difficult in our life can be exhausting and we need to be able to find ways of coping that are more helpful.
Therapy offers a place to consider how you think, what you feel and how you respond in order to understand what is happening to you and how you can change this. By working with someone who is trained to work in a non-judgemental way but can support you to accept and make sense of your difficulties. This will enable you to move into a place where you are more able to think about how you move forward and importantly feel able to do that.
Training, qualifications & experience
The centre is directed by Dr Sonya Wallbank, a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sonya is also a registered member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
Sonya has worked with adults, children and families in the USA and the UK and has over 15 years clinical expertise. Sonya has worked with a number of national charities, the NHS and independent organisations to offer psychological expertise. Sonya has also written a number of books as well as papers specialising in stress. For more information please click on our website www.theardencentre.co.uk.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling we deal with
- Infant mental health
- Work related stress
- Post-traumatic stress
- Grief and loss
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We have a sliding scale of charges from £50 for an online or telephone session. Our charges are dependant upon your session of choice. Please contact us to discuss.
We can offer home visits by negotiation and also offer therapy by phone, face time and, where possible, Skype.
We offer a non-judgemental, supportive experience which will focus on your strengths not just your difficulties. We are there to minimise the amount of time you need external support by helping you focus on your inner resilience. We understand how difficult seeking out support may be and would encourage you to call us for an initial conversation. We will be able to help.
The centre is located in a rural location of natural beauty and offers breath taking views from all our rooms. The grounds are extensive and include a lake and acres of walks to enable our therapy and training to take advantage of the outside space as well as the purpose built therapy and training rooms.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Fri 08:30-18:00 Saturday morning sessions negotiable
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Dr Sonya Wallbank is the original author of the restorative model of supervision.