Ellen Sharrocks Counselling in Leicester

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Experienced Leicester City Based Counsellor

"Counselling helped me realise that change is possible."

I'm a BACP registered and accredited counsellor/therapist based in Leicester city centre and I can help you with life's emotional difficulties. Sometimes, life is just difficult, and if you are struggling with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Issues with your relationships; or have
  • Suffered from trauma of any kind -

    it is possible to come through to the other side. Often talking to family or friends is enough to get through your problems. The passage of time can be a great healer. But not always. Sometimes taking your emotional difficulties to a counsellor or therapist can be the way forward. What is important to know is that no-one has to just ‘put up with it’ or ‘pull themselves together’. This is where working with an experienced, professional counsellor could be helpful to you.

    The Counselling Journey
    It may seem like a well worn cliché, but therapy has often been likened to a personal journey. A journey where difficulties that have been affecting your life - whether it be work, home, family, relationships or social life - can be explored with a counsellor/therapist, in a professional, safe, confidential and supportive environment. As your therapist, I don't tell you what to do. What I do is offer you the time and space to work through those personal problems that can make life so difficult. Problems like anxiety, depression, relationship issues or lack of self-esteem. You can learn what 'makes you tick' and how you relate to others (and why). You can understand what works - and doesn't work - for you. I will work alongside you on this journey and help you find your own way.

    Finding your Way
    Through exploring your experiences and examining how your past may have played a part in bringing you to where you are now, the counselling journey enables you to bring about change. This change could include differences in how you see yourself, your self-esteem, how you relate to others, how you tackle life's challenges, how you live your life in general. Counselling can be difficult at times, but working through your experiences with the support of your counsellor can help you bring about the change you need. In short, counselling can help you find your way - whatever that may be to you.

    Why Private Counselling?
    If you choose private counselling rather than counselling through the NHS, you have choice ....
  • As many or as few sessions as you need - you are not limited by what the NHS says you should have
  • You choose who you see
  • You choose the type of counselling you feel is right for you, and
  • You can get the help you need without an official diagnosis which in some cases, can be given to third parties (such as insurance companies or employers).
  • The NHS will want to understand "what's wrong with you?". A therapist will want to understand "What's happened to you?". In other words - you're not labelled and you are in control of your own wellbeing.

    Opening Hours
    I currently have daytime appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments to help you fit counselling around life’s other commitments. My practice times are:
    Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am - 12:30pm

    If you want to arrange an initial session, please feel free to contact me at any time and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

    If for any reason the times I am available don't suit you, then please take a look at The Leicester Counselling Practice to see if my associate can help.

    For individual counselling, the first initial consultation is free and for couples, I charge £20 for this initial session. This gives us an opportunity to meet and to explore whether counselling may be helpful to you at this point in time.

    After this initial consultation we would meet on a regular weekly basis at a fee of £40 per 50 minute session for both individuals and for couples counselling.

    Therapist in Leicester City Centre
    My therapy practice is based in Rutland House, a beautiful listed building on Friar Lane, in Leicester city centre. Near the centre of the old town, it is accessible by public transport and with nearby car parking; this makes it easily accessible for anyone living or working in central Leicester, the surrounding areas and Leicestershire as a whole. Car parking details can be found at Next Steps.

    Please be aware that my therapy room is situated on the first floor and because of the listed nature of the building, there is no lift and access is via the stairs only.

    As my counselling/therapy practice is based in central Leicester, there is easy access to both public transport and nearby car parking. I look forward to meeting with you to understand how we can work together to make life's journey less difficult to navigate.

    Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainees
    For those of you who are counselling/psychotherapy trainees, I am BACP accredited and my training and central way of working is psychodynamic.

    Counselling or Therapy - which is it?
    In short, it's both!
    Some people talk about seeing a counsellor, others talk about seeing a therapist. People talk about going to counselling, or they talk about their therapy. I view them as different terms for the same thing. That's why you might notice I've mixed the terms and used them interchangeably. So go for whatever term you feel most comfortable with - the process is all the same.

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