Dr Lara Lopes de Jesus (CPsychol) Chartered Psychologist Counselling in Chelmsford, Essex

About Counselling in Chelmsford

We live in a complex, busy, and often very challenging world, in which we encounter many different types of experiences that can be difficult for us to deal with. Most of the time we can get on with life, but sometimes we can’t, and we find ourselves stuck. Often we can find support in friends or family, but sometimes we can’t and sometimes, even with their support, we can feel isolated and alone.

Counselling is a process that can help you to gain a better understanding of your past and present conflicts, to recognise, appreciate and use your own resources, as well as to consider possibilities for dealing with difficult situations. This may involve clarifying choices and opportunities for bringing about change; or, alternatively, may help you come to terms with those aspects of your life that you are unable, or do not wish, to change.

How does it work?

My role, as a therapist, is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space, to help you to explore your feelings and thoughts in ways that promote insight and self-awareness; and to support you as you work towards greater clarity and understanding of where you are in your life. This might include talking about life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, and ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.

Talking about how you feel - and being heard - is at the heart of counselling and psychotherapy and may be enough in itself. In fact, research shows that it is the relationship between the client and the therapist that can have the most impact on change. Beyond this, it may be helpful to consider unhelpful life patterns and gain new insight into habitual ways of thinking and behaving. We can also explore fresh perspectives, different possibilities and strategies for change and growth. Therapy can help you to take stock of where you are now; it can help you to re-evaluate how you live your life, and how you engage in the world and with the people around you. Working together, we can explore the things that matter to you, where you are now, where you would like to be, and how you can work towards getting there.

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