Celebrating 7 Years in Private Practice!

Celebrating 7 Years in Private Practice. Counsellor in Cheltenham and Bishop's Cleeve

 

This month I am celebrating 7 years in private practice.

I started my career as a counsellor in 2006 within the safety of a large counselling and training charity. I am delighted that I continue to be part of that organisation where I provide counselling one day a week.

In 2011 I stepped outside the security of an organisation to start my private practice. Over the last seven years I have organised all aspects of my work, finding premises, getting insurance, learning about marketing and many others things. There have been some running-your-own-business challenges along the way, but it has always felt worthwhile. It is worthwhile because of the people I see. The courageous people who come to counselling to address their difficulties and who work towards making positive changes in their lives. I feel privileged to be part of their journeys.  Here’s to the next 7 years!

If you are interested in reading further about the benefits of counselling here are some useful links:

From my page Individual Counselling you can read about some of the benefits you might expect from counselling

Here is a link to a useful article How Counselling Helped Me

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides lots of useful information about how counselling changes lives

The Counselling Directory talks about what is counselling

 

10 tips for exam success

10 tips for exam success - Debbie Fitchsampson Counselling

10 tips for exam success

If you are in the exam season you will know how stressful this can be. Here are some tips to help you through your revision and towards exam success.

1. Routine

Keep to a routine and don’t make any significant changes right now. If you usually go to bed at 10pm stay with this. If you go to bed at 9pm because you have an exam in the morning you may find you spend that extra hour trying to get to sleep.

2. Keep calm

Try to stop your worries running away with you. [Read more …]

Help with Anxiety

Help with Anxiety Counsellor Cheltenham

Most people experience anxiety at some time in their life. Events such as job interviews or exams can make us feel anxious. This is perfectly normal. However if your worries are getting out of control, or you have extreme feelings of anxiety, which has an impact on your daily life, then you may wish to seek professional help.

Anxiety can have a big impact on you and can lead to a number of psychological and physical symptoms. Counselling can be an effective way to learn to manage anxiety.

Physical symptoms of Anxiety restlessness difficulty concentrating a sense of dread [Read more …]