What is Counselling?
The process whereby a client and counsellor schedule time, to explore stressful or emotional feelings which the client is experiencing.
The counselling will help the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different viewpoint, working with the client, from his or her own frame of reference.
This facilitates an environment for the client to focus on his/her feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a view to reaching their goals and making positive changes in their life.
Initially, the therapist will explain the boundaries, for both parties to adhere to, during therapy. This is paramount for a successful counselling outcome. Ethical framework and guidelines help protect both parties, as these are required by the BACP and ACC .
During the therapy, a relationship of trust develops between counsellor and client, within a confidential and safe environment. The counsellor may raise self-awareness to help the client come to terms with their current and past experiences (e.g. abuse, anger, stress, depression, etc.), connecting any underlying issues, with the present. The therapist helps the client to identify feelings, thoughts and senses, associated with their problems. This helps them to deal with implicit and/or explicit points of reference in therapy. The counsellors will help the client understand how past experiences may be affecting his/her life today, and their relationships with others.
Counselling is Not:
• Attempting to sort out the client’s problem
• Giving advice
• Being emotionally involved with the client
• Being judgemental or condemning
• Imposing one’s thoughts and feelings on the client
• Looking at the client's problems from one’s own perspective, based on one’s own value system.
• Telling the client what to do or how to behave
What Conditions Can it Help?
What Benefits Can Be Expected?
The client benefits from counselling, when:
...Committed to attending all contracted sessions, to obtain the full benefits of the counselling therapy.
...Willing to share freely and to engage in ongoing discussions in the therapy room.
...Both counsellor and client develop a good rapport and a trusting relationship
...Cooperating in therapeutic exercises & tasks to work on negative thoughts, emotions or behaviour.
...Encouraged to work on set goals to achieve a positive outcome
...Feeling accepted by the counsellor, with his or her feelings and emotions taken into consideration
...Mutual respect is shared between both client and counsellor
...Developing coping mechanisms to deal with presented problems, issues, or difficulties effectively
...Feeling better and happier just by talking to someone who is unbiased and non-judgmental
Any negative and unhelpful behaviour is tackled and addressed empathically, during therapy, to enable the client to move forward in having a more productive and positive outcome for the future.
About Silverset Counselling Service
Founded with a specific vision and purpose in mind – to help and support people experiencing difficult times and facing tough challenges in their lives.
The service is available to clients from all walks of life, without bias, judgement, or condemnation. It is a space to be heard attentively; where you can speak your mind; share your stories; and explore pressing issues (from feelings of anxiety, loneliness, hurt & anger, low self-esteem, lacking confidence, having low moods, or finding oneself, to relationships, family issues, mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar, OCD, & BPD, etc.); it is a space where you can set goals & work toward achieving them in your own time.
Sometimes people seeking counselling therapy through the NHS process may have to wait a very long time, to see an NHS counsellor or psychotherapist. It is found that patients may have to wait up to 18 months or more, just to see someone to talk about their issues.
Fortunately, prospective clients who contact SCS will be seen straightaway for a half hour assessment and be allocated a counsellor within one week of their initial contact, where there is availability. There is always time at Silverset Counselling Service to spend with clients who just need a listening ear and this is what we are here for – to provide you with space, time and attention.
Meet our therapeutic counsellors of varying approaches, skills and experiences:
Our aim is to provide long-term and short-term counselling therapy in a safe and confidential environment, within our individual practice locations in the City of London, Bromley, Orpington and Southeast London.
Sharon Palmer (Director) BA (Hons) MBACP (Humanistic Integrative (CBT) Counsellor) & Clinical Supervisor has worked strategically, on building this practice, with the vision and goal of providing an effectual and prosperous counselling service, to meet the needs of clients who are seeking to talk with someone, about their problems and issues.
Having experienced the emotions of needing someone to confide in and to talk about issues, where help was at hand, has personally been a great drive to help others, which prompted the pursuit to achieve her qualifications in the field of counselling.
Coaching/Mentoring; Life Coping Strategies; Christian Counselling; Active & Crisis Listening; Group Therapy and Personal Therapy with focus on Trauma, Loss & Bereavement Counselling; Sexual Abuse; Posttraumatic Stress Disorders; Family Relationship Difficulties; Depression/Anxiety; Issues with the self, including building Self-Confidence/ Self-Esteem/ Self-belief; Anger Management; Stress & Life difficulties.
The aim is to help clients increase their self-awareness to find their true purpose in life. Then gradually working through issues, building on their self-worth, encouraging and empowering them to work on rebuilding their lives to the full, while simultaneously discovering & maintaining meaningful and lasting relationship with self and others.
Evidently, clients find that by talking through emotional, psychological, or mental issues, with someone who is qualified and willing to listen with impartial ears, help them to release anger, stress, depression and or pain. Therefore, sharing through expressions of emotions is one way of feeling better about oneself, as it helps to raise awareness, build self-confidence and increase self-esteem.
A more fulfilling and satisfactory life is possible, once issues and goals are sorted out, using a range of relevant therapeutic skills and tools to identify and draw out clients' inner resources (within their own time).
Sharon practices in Lewisham, working with other counsellors to provide counselling services to other locations in London, including the surrounding vicinity of Blackheath, Brockley, Canary Wharf, Catford, Crofton Park, Deptford, Greenwich, Grove Park, Hither Green, New Cross, Lee and Peckham; other areas include: Bishopsgate and Bromley.
Joyce Prendergast (Senior Counsellor) MBACP Adv Dip (Humanistic Integrative Counsellor)
Joyce has several years experience in providing counselling services around SE London (Bellingham, Bromley, Catford, Lewisham & Orpington).
Joyce is qualified in CBT; The Loss of Innocence; Suicide & Managing a Disclosure; Hall of Mirrors
She works with adults, young people and children from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a variety of issues, including: addictive behaviour (food, sex, drug, alcohol), anger management, bereavement/grief & loss, childhood abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) communication problems, depression, self-image/self-belief and confidence issues, relationship & marital issues, mental health (bipolar, OCD, anxiety/panic attacks/) stress, and trauma.
Joyce's main interest is the promotion of emotional health & well-being in a safe, non-judgmental & confidential space.
Joyce is available to meet new clients and can be contacted via our website email, main telephone numbers on the right of this page or directly on:
Marcia Reid (Senior Counsellor) BA (Hons) MBACP Dip (Humanistic Integrative Counsellor)
She is qualified in Person-Centred Art Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Marcia is an experienced counsellor and has worked extensively with clients dealing with substance misuse in a GP Surgery setting. She has a background in Social Services and her specialist areas are: Children in care, working in a Primary School and working with Adopted Families.
She currently works with children, young people, adults, and families, within Southeast London, especially the Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, and Kent.
Her areas of interest: depression, bereavement, family issues, parenting, parental conflict, challenging children, domestic violence, self-harm, substance abuse, social anxiety, eating disorder, self-harm, negative thoughts, and DV.
Marcia provides a caring and supportive therapeutic relationship to clients, in a non-judgemental environment. She believes that the client holds the key by using their inner resources and her role is to facilitate and assist clients on their continuous life’s journey.
Marcia can be reached via our website email address and main telephone numbers on the upper right side of this page. Also directly on:
Steph Pilcher (Senior Counsellor) MBACP Dip / ACC (Humanistic Integrative Counsellor)
Steph gained her experience counselling higher education students of all ages and volunteering for Choices, a Pregnancy Crisis Centre. Working together to best suit a person’s individual needs, Steph offers help with a variety of general counselling concerns.
Her area of interest: abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, panic attacks, post-abortion, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, amongst others.
Steph has a desire for helping people and offers counselling to individuals in a calm, safe and confidential environment.
Taking the time to work together, you have autonomy over the work done through listening, reflection, and exploration, where you can take positive steps towards change. Steph provides a non-judgmental arena to talk about what is going on in your life, creating a much-needed place to work through and discover your feelings and thoughts.
Her practice name ‘Let There Be’ (derives from the verse ‘Let there be light’)
Steph gives the opportunity for you, as the client, to decide what comes next…’Let there be’ stillness, peace, freedom, change, resolution, progress, space to think, or space to be you.
Steph can be reached via our website email address, main telephone number on the right of this page, or directly on: 07886356242.