Counselling & Therapy

Counselling Leeds – Counselling Bradford – Counselling Keighley – Counselling West Yorkshire


Is Counselling – Therapy For You?

People need people, it’s just the way we are. It’s great to talk to family and friends but sometimes it’s best to talk in privacy to somebody independent and professional about your concerns. Someone who is trained to listen properly and who will not judge you or cloud your mind with their opinions. Somebody who has the skills and techniques to help you, whilst having the patience and respect to allow you the freedom and space to make your own decisions.

Sometimes we feel the need to talk to somebody confidentially, without being judged or criticised. During sessions, you can openly and freely discuss the things on your mind that are causing you some level of discomfort, distress or anxiety. Modern life can be overpowering, confusing and complex. Perhaps you have found yourself being bombarded with constant news stories, email’s, text messages, stressful work situations, family problems, money problems, relationship difficulties, the list is seemingly endless!

My Particular Approach Of Counselling And Psychotherapy helps people who have things on their mind, which may be causing them to experience stress, anxiety, anger, worry, upset or some other unwanted feelings or behaviours. I specialise in helping people to improve confidence, change behaviours, overcome fears and phobias. Change unwanted thoughts by calming and reframing them. Cope with a serious illness such as Multiple Sclerosis, overcome driving related issues such as driving phobias, driving anxiety or fear of driving. Learn powerful and effective communication skills, break through limiting beliefs, overcome social shyness. I also help people with anger management, relaxation skills, reducing stress and improving the quality of their sleep.


Where do the sessions take place?

I have therapy rooms in Keighley – Shipley – Skipton and Leeds. If you can’t make it to one of these centres I also attend home visits within the local area.


How Will The Sessions Benefit You?

A lot of people benefit from Counselling at some point in their lives, more people than you might think. That’s why there are such long waiting lists. I always try to keep the waiting times as short as possible. If you have something troubling you, I will help you work through it. The act of talking sensitively but constructively about your situation, without being judged or told what you should or shouldn’t do, can bring you a powerful sense of clarity and direction.

During a session, you are fully in control of what we discuss. You will be given the space to help you work things out in your own time and in your own way. I will be using many different skills to help you and you will be encouraged to talk about the things that are important to you. Support is especially important at this stage because you may be exploring and discussing sensitive issues associated with painful feelings. Therefore, as you experience your therapeutic journey, you may find yourself temporarily feeling worse. The keyword to remember here is ‘temporarily’. As you remain fully in control of your therapy sessions, only discussing the things that you feel need to be discussed. Counselling sessions can be thought provoking times. It is vitally important for you to know that as a client, you will receive continued support and I will be encouraging you to trust the process as we work together to help you navigate a positive course. Talking about your thoughts and your feelings can be very powerful. The simple act of just talking to somebody who is impartial and non-judgemental, in a safe and confidential environment, can be massively beneficial and can bring you an enormous sense of clarity.

So let’s talk positive! Imagine being able to think clearly and positively, feel calmer, be more in control of your life. Overcome phobias, change unwanted behaviours, accept the past and move on whilst looking forward to the future. That’s exactly what this site and these services are about.


What Can You Expect During A Session?

During a session, we aim to experience empathy. Empathy is not to be confused with sympathy, my personal definition of empathy is to try and put myself in your shoes. In order to relate to your view of the situations we discuss. I will be aiming to gain an understanding of your perspective and your associated feelings in order to help you.

When you decide to have counselling, we will begin what is known as a ‘therapeutic relationship’. This is not the same as a friendship. This relationship allows us to develop the empathy and rapport required to work together effectively. I will help you along the way by supporting you and showing you some very easy but very important skills and techniques that you can use by yourself.

You will have my full attention, you will be listened to and your views will be respected whilst I refrain from giving advice, this allows you the freedom to explore your own mind which can lead to remarkable insights and powerful change. It can also help you gain a clear perspective of your situations past, present or future, and allow planning for a positive outcome. One of the aims of therapy is to promote a sense of ‘autonomy’ which means to be self-governing. In other words to feel much more in control of your own life.


How Long Does A Therapy – Counselling Session Last?

My sessions last a minimum of 1 hour. Sometimes people want 2 hours which is fine but I do not advise any longer than 2 hours because during a session we do a lot of processing and thinking and that can be tiring.


How Often Should You Attend?

Often people book 1 session per week. The sessions are usually 1-2 hours long. You can book more than once a week if you wish, but I don’t advise this. The reason I don’t advise more than 1 session per week is I find it works best if you have a full week to fully process the benefits from the sessions. Some people like to book 2 sessions per month and that works very well also. There is no set limit, it’s whatever works best for you.

Some people who have already been through the therapeutic process, like to check in and have 1 session every few months. This is a really good way of just keeping track of your progress and finely tuning any goals etc.

What Happens When Counselling-Therapy Ends?

When we have worked together successfully and you are feeling that you have gained everything you needed to gain from the journey, we will both know that it is time to stop the sessions. This can be a challenging time especially if we have had regular sessions and we have done a lot of work together. There are a few things we can do to make the ending process much easier and more productive. Firstly we can agree on an end date and work towards it. Sometimes we start having fewer sessions, for example, 1 session per fortnight instead of 1 every week. On the final session, we can have a re-cap of: before, during and after the therapy sessions. We can also explore your future plans and research any other resources that may be needed. The ending sessions are always very positive experiences because we get to talk about how different things are for you.


How Do I Book A Session?

You can call/text me on: 07931793103

Or call me on: 08006125974.

We can have an informal chat and make arrangements to meet up or book a session.

I have tried to answer some of the most frequent questions I get asked. If there is anything else you would like to know, simply give me a call and I will be happy to talk to you.

Thank you for visiting.

Liam Dent DHP, DNLP.



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