Sally Barmes, John Speirs
Brief explanation of the therapy
Here the therapist is required to be an attentive listener in a private and
confidential environment to someone who is seeking help. The client may
find themselves in a difficult situation with which they are not able to cope
and need assistance in seeing things from a different perspective. The
counsellor will not judge the client or necessarily give advice; they can help
them explore their feelings and consider different parts of their life which
may then provide them with a better understanding.
Sally Barmes offers one hour of one-to-one counselling using a variety
of methods to explore a given situation or state of being.
Mike Bellew offers a range of professional counselling approaches
including Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation
Processing) therapy, as appropriate to individual needs. This helps clients
come to understand why some problems keep repeating and find new ways of coping
with difficulties, and discovering freedom of choice in matters that have
seemed out of control. In addition Mike also offers longer term counselling to
address unresolved issues.
John Speirs offers Person-Centred confidential Counselling sessions
which usually last for an hour and can be taken on a weekly basis.
What can the client expect at the appointment
All our counsellors offer a safe, private space where the client can explore
and express their feelings & thoughts without fear of being judged. They
will discuss matters with the client and after an initial assessment will
suggest a course of action.
What will happen in a session
The client will be encouraged to explore their issues, feelings and thoughts,
and to examine options for taking action. They will also be encouraged to think
about their decisions in order to try and provide a clearer understanding of
How many sessions should the client need before they see a result
This will depend on the issues being presented.
Sally Barmes deals with both short and long term issues and resolutions.
Mike Bellew will mutually agree a contract after an initial assessment.
John Speirs usually works to a block of six sessions followed by a review to
assess progress although on some occasions this number may not be needed.
What can the therapy help
This type of therapy has been shown to help:
- Addictions & eating
- Anger Management
- Anxiety & stress
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Bereavement & loss
- Family matters and problems
- Low self-esteem
- Health changes & dealing
- Panic attacks
- Relationship problems
- Psycho/spiritual development
- Separation & divorce
- Workplace problems &
- Unresolved problems from the
It is advisable to
check with individual counsellors which of the above they deal with.
Who would benefit from this type of therapy
Personal recommendation/s from previous client/s
About John Speirs:
“I felt able to say things I have never told to anybody else.”
“You have saved my life/marriage.”