What is Counselling?
According to the BACP (2010), 'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term period to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’
Therapy is time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you to therapy. This might include talking about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be covered in one session. You may want the number of sessions to be limited, and so it is best to discuss this in advance, for example, CBT or solution-focused therapy might work towards a maximum of between 6 - 12 sessions. Others prefer a more relaxed and organic approach to their therapy, and may choose to have it spanning over several months or even years.
Person Centred Therapy
Devised by Carl Rogers, this therapy is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express any emotions and feelings.
This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems, and develop personal skills. The objective is for the client to become able to see themselves as a person with power and freedom to change.
NLP sees a world of excellence where people can be helped to create their own choice and flexibility. Based on a number of operating principles, NLP theory states that ‘we either already have all the resources we need or we can create them’ and ‘modelling successful performance leads to excellence; if one person can do it, it is possible to model it and teach it to others’.
NLP is based on finding out how someone does something well and then repeating the process with a goal of ‘excellence for all’.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.
The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics) and in particular on any transference.
This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioural techniques. Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques.
CBT has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, and major depression (sometimes when combined with the use of prescribed medication).
Mindfulness is a specific way of intentionally paying attention. One negative thought can lead to a chain reaction of negative thoughts.
This approach encourages people to be aware of each thought, enabling the first negative thought to be ‘caught' so that is seen as just a ‘thought' and not a fact. This breaks the chain reaction of negative thoughts giving a mental ‘space' in which the person can re-centre themselves in the present.
Booking a nutritional guidance session allows the therapist to anaylse your current diet and assess areas of improvement.
We can also look at your overall health and identify what vitamins and minerals may be lacking in your diet, and create a healthy and balanced diet plan.
Nutritional guidance is suitable for anyone wanting to achieve weight gain, weight loss or to simply manage a healthy lifestyle.
Initial 45 minute Consultation
Free of Charge
1 Hour Personality Assessment
Includes MBTI personality tests, marking and consultation
90 Minute Nutrition Assessment
Includes two 45-minute sessions, a nutrition assessment, and personalised diet plan.
Individual Counselling Session
Couples Counselling Session
Reduced Fees Counselling Session
Available for OAPs, Students and Individuals on benefits. We also offer discounts for members of the armed forces and NHS / emergency services staff.
Those wanting to claim reduced fees must provide proof of benefits or studying prior to the session being booked.
to request reduced fees.
These places are limited.
We accept referrals through BUPA.
Please contact us for details.
Employee Assistance Programmes
We accept referrals through EAP organisations. If you are an employee, speak to your manager to see if this referral service is offered.
If you are an EAP organisation looking to work with us, please contact us directly.
Alma House Therapies does offer home visits, however this may be subject to an additional small charge. Please contact us for more details.
Alma House Therapies accepts a wide range of payment options to make things easy for you.
We accept most credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express. We also accept cash payments, PayPal and Bank Transfers.
We work alongside Employee Assistance Programmes and typically arrange payment via invoice.