Counsellingherts|Susan Freedman Counselling and Psychotherapy in Herts

- when life becomes overwhelming

Welcome to my website!

My name is Susan Freedman and  I have a private practice in Bushey, Hertfordshire, just a short distance from Watford.  I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering long or short term,  individual, face to face psychotherapy and counselling in Herts.  However under the current pandemic situation I am only offering  online sessions by Zoom, Skype or on the telephone.

 

Sometimes we experience overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt,lonliness, isolation, emptiness or confusion which interfere with day to day life and prevent us from functioning at our best. This may be especially so as we face the new challenge and experience of Covid-19 which can add another layer of complexity to our issues.

 

Sometimes we experience a life event that is difficult to cope with or is overwhelming such as bereavement, serious illness, breakdown of a relationship,trauma, loss, work related issues, redundancy.  Is the uncertainty and fear around Covid-19  and social distancing causing additional stress or anxiety?

 

I also acknowledge that at present it may be more difficult to find the space to address your concerns or to focus on your own needs.  Online therapy may provide a haven and a confidential space to express and explore these feelings.  I  also recognise that sometimes it is difficult to ask for help or you may be unsure about how effective counselling will be or whether it is right for you.   Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email should you have any queries and I will do my best to answer them.

 

How will therapy help?

 

I offer a confidential therapeutic space where we can explore together any difficulties or painful feelings you may be experiencing, whilst working at your own pace.  We can make sense of recurrent difficulties by making links to the past, think about unhelpful behaviours and thoughts and explore any options for change -  in an environment where you will not be judged and which is confidential.  By exploring your self and gaining insight and awareness you may be able to make sense out of the confusion and make positive changes.

 

If we decide to work together I will offer you regular once a week 50 minute sessions on the same day and at the same time each week.  This offers a sense of security and safety.

 

 

Telephone Me:

07583 739 246

Or Email me:

sdf@zen.co.uk

Covid-19

During this Pandemic, I shall only be offering sessions via telephone, Zoom or Skype.

Some of the issues that are brought to therapy:
  • Abuse

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement and Loss

  • Cancer

  • Chronic or life threatening illness

  • Depression and Low Mood

  • Relationship issues - personal and work related

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Stress

What clients have said:

"Thanks to you and your wonderful counselling ... things are so far so good. ... slowly but surely ... a big thank you to you once again for all you did for me.  You dont realise you've helped me so much on my journey to a better and happier life ... bless you Susan."

"Just to let you know that I found my sessions with you helpful and worthwhile.  Your warmth and understanding towards how I was struggling really helped me overcome a very stressful time.  You also helped to see how how important it is to make time to completely relax when I need to.  I am so pleased that I had therapy with you"

Tips for managing your day now you are social distancing.

1)  Give your day a structure

2)  Factor in a variety of activities such as

      a) fresh air eg walking, gardening

      b) exercise eg yoga, pilates, walking, running

      c) doing something new eg craft, home project       d) learning something new eg online course

      e)  relaxing eg reading, tv, playing games

3) Self care - looking after yourself, eg

relaxing bath, pampering,

4) stay connected to family and friends via video, social media or phone .

5) Prepare nice meals

6) Limit the amount of news you receive

7) Focus on what you can control and be certain about rather than all the uncertainty and what is beyond your control. 

8)  If you are feeling low, speak to your GP and get some professional help.

9) Remember this will not go on forever.

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