Synergy Healthcare

Counselling

What Is Counselling?

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.

Is Therapy Or Counselling An Instant Cure?

It normally takes a few sessions for you to become aware of changes and improvements in your life. Sometimes counselling and therapy can be quite difficult at the beginning but you can rest assured that with a qualified counsellor you will always be in a safe place at the end of your counselling session.

Does Counselling And Therapy Work For Everyone?

Different people will get different results from their therapy experience. Recent studies from the International Centre for Clinical Excellence (NICE www.centreforclinicalexcellence.com) showed that 80% of clients in counselling and therapy end up in a better place than those who don’t seek help.

Different Approaches

Because we are all different and respond diversely, our therapist offers an Integrative approach to therapy, i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. Don’t worry about the names! These are just different ways to approach your worries or concerns! Some people or their problems respond best to a CBT approach, e.g. irrational fears, obsessional compulsive disorder, social anxiety etc. CBT is a very structured approach which trains you to think differently, thus allowing behaviours to change. Some people just need space to talk and be listened to (person centred) and sometimes we will look at our childhood to observe why we are presenting with problems today (psychodynamic). The optimum approach for each individual will be discussed at the end of the first session; many clients benefit from a combined approach i.e. integrated.

Counselling Works

Here are a few research findings which show that counselling is now widely recognised in helping people recover from life-changing events, helps them cope with current life difficulties and provides strategies that allow them to understand and deal with future problems:

“Combining findings from a wide range of controlled trials, studies have shown that on average, counselling and psychotherapy has a large positive effect, greater indeed, than the average surgical or medical procedure.” (www.therapytoday,net)

“The one constant that appears in all of the frenzy of research deliberation is that almost all of the literature and research concludes that counselling and psychotherapy are effective.” (www.healthsurvey.com)
“CBT or interpersonal Therapy (counselling) are highly recommended for people with persistent depressive/anxiety symptoms and for mild to moderate depression.” (NICE, clinical guideline 90)

Belle Logue

Helen ‘Belle’ Logue is an integrative counsellor who qualified in 2013 from the University of Ulster.  She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and holds certificates in ‘Gay Affirmation Therapy’, ‘Grief Trauma’ & ‘Drug Awareness & Mental Health’.

She works on a one-to-one basis, with couples, in-family relationships & groups with a broad range of client ages from 16+ and with a highly diverse range of needs.  As well as running a private practise she also volunteers with local community groups. 
Belle also teaches a number of Personal Development & Confidence Building courses.  She is a practitioner of Reiki and Seichem.

From 2004-2006 Belle attended the London School of Astrology successfully completing their Diploma Course.  Although Astrology ‘is for entertainment purposes only’, Belle is professionally trained and regularly does readings for her growing client base. She has been working at Synergy Healthcare since 2014.

Karen Copeland

Karen Copeland AdDipAM, FdSc, MBACP is a qualified, experienced and BACP registered counsellor/psychotherapist.  Karen can offer friendly, professional support to help you through difficult times.  Using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person centred or psychodynamic approaches she can address concerns with a wide range of issues such as e.g.: stress, depression, anxiety/panic disorder, abuse, grief etc.
 Karen’s previous experience as a university manager involved in training, team building, mentoring, staff appraisal and development can also help in providing Life Coaching skills to clients.

 


Karen has extensive experience in all aspects of counselling with additional training and practice in addiction intervention, suicidal ideation, childhood sexual abuse, working with young people and post traumatic stress disorder.
To see more detail on Karen and counselling in general, including self-help tips, click on the website www.karencopeland.org