Personal & Relationship Counselling

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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Relationship Counselling in Plymouth Est.1994

Situated in a quiet backwater near the centre of Plymouth, we are a private practice of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who also offer supervision and training. Established in 1994, we have been in practice for 25 years and in this time we have built up an excellent reputation.

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;

Stress and Anxiety • Depression
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 BACP.

We are all trained in generic counselling and offer;

    CBTClients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques.

    HumanisticEncourages people to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis on self-development and achieving one’s potential.

    IntegrativeWhere several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together.

    RelationalWhere a therapist prioritises their clients ways of relating to others as central to understanding themselves.

    Transactional AnalysisHelps clients understand how they interact with others, a central concept is the notion of having a Life Script.

    Psychodynamic TherapyStresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.

We also have specialists in;

Couples & Relationship Problems
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.

Part of our commitment to maintaining BACP recognition is that we undertake continuing Professional Development, which means we regularly attend training courses, seminars and conferences. Thus, we are able to maintain our professional standards and keep apace of recent developments in counselling and psychotherapy.

If you are interested in talking to a counsellor, please contact Karen our Counselling Co-ordinator either by email or on 01752 266000 - please 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.

Personal and Relationship Counselling is a group counselling practice which means there is always someone available to work with you at a time to suit you.

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Recommended Reading

Welcome. Relationship

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.

Welcome. Mindfulness

Mindfulness for Life

How to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Your Life. Provides both a medical and a psychological perspective on mindfulness and related conditions such as depression and substance abuse. It translates the scientific principles underlying mindfulness into a simple, practical and accessible life manual.

Welcome. Social anxiety

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.

Welcome. bulimia

Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating

One in twenty women in the Western world experiences bouts of uncontrolled binge-eating and many of these are suffering from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. Stringent dieting and making yourself vomit after overeating are common features of bulimia nervosa, as are depression, anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. This illness causes great distress to sufferers and those who care about them, but in recent years there have been real advances in treatment. This book will also give friends and family a much clearer understanding of the illness and its treatment.

Welcome. Anger

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.

Welcome. panic

Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

Overcome the crippling effects of panic attacks and agoraphobia.Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by feelings of panic that seem to come from nowhere and yet feel terrifyingly real? Do you avoid certain situations because you think you'll experience a panic attack? If so, this step-by-step self-help course can give you the necessary skills to overcome and prevent such attacks and the associated agoraphobia.

Welcome. health

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.

Welcome. coping health

An Introduction to Coping with Health Anxiety

Health anxiety affects thousands of people in the UK and it can be effectively treated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.This introductory booklet is aimed at those for whom health anxiety has become a serious problem. Written by experienced practitioners, it explains what health anxiety is and how it makes you feel. It will help the reader to understand their symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.

Welcome. CBT

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.

Welcome. OCD

Break Free from OCD

Are you plagued by obsessive thoughts, rituals or routines? Would you like to regain control over your behaviour and cast your fears aside? Whether you are compelled to wash your hands more and more thoroughly or feel the need to keep checking that you've turned off appliances, obsessive worries can be a drain on daily life. However, you don't need to suffer any more. This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD. This title includes: detailed information on the many different manifestations of OCD; the differences between normal and obsessive worries; clear information on treating your individual problem; real-life case studies and examples; and, advice and support for friends and family of OCD sufferers. Whether your condition is mild or severe, this definitive resource will help you reclaim your life and keep OCD away for good.

Welcome. mind

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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