Our practitioners are experienced and well qualified, with a wide range of different experiences and specialities. We provide a confidential counselling and psychotherapy service for the people of Plymouth and the surrounding areas of Devon and Cornwall.
Most people, at some time in their lives experience difficulties that are hard to understand or come to terms with, and at times like this it can be helpful to talk issues over with a trained counsellor. At Personal & Relationship Counselling we provide counselling for individuals and couples facing many types of problems such as;
Self Esteem and Confidence Difficulties
Eating Disorders • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Difficulties with Intimacy and Sexual Problems
(CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy • Bipolar Disorder
Marital and Relationship Issues • Bereavement and Loss
At Personal and Relationship Counselling we are passionately committed to improving the emotional and mental quality of your life, not only in the short term but also for the long term. Our counsellors are qualified and accredited or working towards accreditation with either BACP or UKCP.
We are all trained in generic counselling and offer;
- CBT – Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques.
Humanistic – Encourages people to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis on self-development and achieving one’s potential.
Integrative – Where several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together.
Relational – Where a therapist prioritises their clients ways of relating to others as central to understanding themselves.
Transactional Analysis – Helps clients understand how they interact with others, a central concept is the notion of having a Life Script.
Psychodynamic Therapy– Stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.
We also have specialists in;
Eating Disorders • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Childbirth • (PND) Post Natal Depression • Spirituality
Anger Management • Stress and Anxiety • Depression
(PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder • Bipolar Disorder
Loss and Grief • Sexual Problems • Physical and Sexual Abuse
Long Term Health Conditions • (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
As a team we work closely together to ensure that we provide an ethical, professional service. All our work is supervised for quality control and we have regular case discussion groups where we can draw on the knowledge and experience of other counsellors within the group. Between us we have a wealth of experience and meet often to consider best practice, and ensure that we are working within the BACP Ethical Framework and UKCP's Ethical Principles & Code of Professional Conduct.
If you are interested in talking to a counsellor, please contact Karen our Counselling Co-ordinator either by email or on 01752 266000 - please click here to take a look at our counsellors profiles or Karen can recommend a counsellor for you. If you require wheelchair access, please mention this at the time of booking an appointment.
Sometimes, counselling can be enhanced by body therapies such as reflexology and yoga. We now have a new member to our team Penny Steventon - a qualified and experienced body therapist who we recommend for people wishing to undertake this route of well being. Please click here for more details and an introduction to Penny.
We also offer training workshops that can help with difficult issues such as assertiveness, relationship difficulties and self esteem. A workshop can be more appropriate for some people and sometimes, it’s enough to overcome your problems and reduce your need for counselling.
We offer therapy and self development groups in Living with Anxiety, Becoming Assertive, Living with Depression, Dealing with Divorce and Separation and Relationship Enhancement. These workshops can be very effective and a much cheaper option than one to one counselling.
Please visit our 'Workshop' page to see what we are running within the next few months. Also you might find reading our 'Recommended Books' on the above issues helpful.
If you have any queries about any of the above, please email or phone us on 01752 266000.
If you are a business and want to know how we can help you and your staff with Personal and Relationship Counselling please click here.
Individual - £45.00 per hour
Couples - £60.00 per hour
Prices may be subject to change.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque only.
Counselling and Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples in the Plymouth area
Personal & Relationship Counselling
36 Looe Street
Plymouth PL4 0EB
Tel: 01752 266000
If you require wheelchair access, please mention this at the time of booking an appointment.
Registered with Counselling Directory, BACP and UKCP
Overcoming Relationship Problems
Everyday problems such as financial pressures, sexual and emotional problems, fidelity issues or the complications of second marriages can put unbearable pressure on relationships and family life. This highly effective self-help guide, uses proven therapeutic strategies derived from family therapy to help you to overcome your relationship problems.
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness is a self-help manual, which explains why it happens and sets out practical methods of resolving it. Everyone feels foolish, embarrassed, judged or criticised at times, but this becomes a problem when it undermines your confidence and prevents you from doing what you want to do. At its most extreme, shyness can be crippling but it is easily treated using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Using real-life examples, Professor Gillian Butler sets out a practical, easy-to-use self-help course which will be invaluable for those suffering from all degrees of social anxiety.
Overcoming Anger & Irritability by William Davies
Constant irritability or flashes of bad temper can cause difficulties in relationships with friends, family or colleagues and leave us feeling unhappy and exhausted. If you find yourself struggling to control your rage and often regret inappropriate reactions, this book can really help. It explains clearly what provokes anger and what you can do to prevent it. Techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy offer a positive approach with long-term goals in mind, and show how you can stay cool and successfully handle situations that would tax even the most easy-going person.
Overcoming Health Anxiety
Many of us have a tendency to worry unnecessarily about our health. For some the anxiety becomes chronic, and they may spend many hours checking for symptoms, seeking reassurance from others, surfing the internet for information about different diseases, or repeatedly visiting the doctor. It is distressing for them and for everyone around them. In fact, health anxiety can be very successfully treated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - the approach taken in this self-help guide. Using a structured, step-by-step approach the authors explain how the problem develops, how to recognise what feeds it and how to develop effective methods of dealing with it.
The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety
A highly respectable and authoritative self-help guide on all the anxiety disorders: generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD.
Quiet the Mind
In a world where finding even ten minutes to 'do nothing', the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily.
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