About the Therapy

Counselling/Psychotherapy is the provision, by a qualified practitioner, of a formal and professional relationship within which clients can explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning of one's life. You may come because of difficult experiences you’ve been going through, such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy, or you may want help dealing with feelings of sadness or low self-worth that don’t seem to be connected to any particular event.

A Psychotherapist/Counsellor works with people who have emotional, behavioural, psychological or mental difficulties. The client is encouraged to talk and explore their feelings, beliefs, thoughts and sometimes, relevant aspects and events in their childhood and personal history. It is a process that seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. Therapists work to help the client understand more about their problems and then make appropriate changes in their thinking and behaviour and sometimes the work can be quite long term. Brief therapy is also possible, especially to help someone resolve a more immediate crisis.

Counselling/Psychotherapy provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings, in an environment that is dependable, non-judgemental and confidential. A therapist should respect your viewpoint, while helping you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships, or develop better ways of living. Counsellors/Therapists don’t usually offer advice; instead they help you gain insight into your feelings and behaviour and to change if necessary. Sessions usually take place once a week but some people may feel they require sessions more than once a week. Making this regular commitment gives you a better chance of getting to the heart of your difficulties.

There are a number of different psychotherapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Systemic (Family & Relationship), Humanistic, Integrative, Transpersonal, Experiential, Hypno-Psychotherapy, etc. However, the most effective 'talking therapies' are those where there is a good working relationship between the client and the therapist, so the most important thing is to find someone you feel comfortable working with.

Why Therapy

There are times in all our lives when we need time and space to explore our difficulties and challenges and to gain a better understanding of these to enable us to grow and move forward. Talking therapy is becoming an increasingly effective way of dealing with personal problems and challenges. It helps us understand why we behave the way we do and is centred around finding ways to help us change unhelpful patterns that generally stop us from getting on in our lives. During therapy, you are encouraged to explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and impartial environment, which will help you to recognise any repeating patterns and allow you to make positive changes in your life. This is a safe and confidential space where you can take time to think, talk and reflect on any emotionally challenging issues, together with your therapist. People seek therapy for a wide range of issues such as.........

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Low self-esteem or self confidence

  • Depression

  • Work related problems

  • Addiction

  • Relationship Problems

  • Sexual Problems

  • Sexual Identity Problems

  • Family conflicts & Crises

  • Loss: Bereavement, Redundancy, Divorce

  • Effects of violence: Physical abuse/Bullying

  • Effects of Physical Illness

  • Trauma

  • Anger/Jealousy


Bernadette Musker

UKCP Registered
Integrative Psychotherapist
Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist

Member College of
Sexual & Relationship Therapists

Tel: 07952 658 494

07952 658 494