Psychotherapy and Counselling with Evelyne Riddle

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Psychotherapy in Wimbledon

"Life is suffering", this is the First Noble Truth according to Buddhist tradition.

Most of us, at some point in our journeys through life, encounter periods of great unhappiness, deep loss or intense challenges. Faced with the difficulties of life, we might experience a lack of purpose and feel stuck and alone, without direction or guidance. We might feel overwhelmed with anxiety, anger, depression, worries linked to work or relationship issues and be at a loss of how to cope and what to do. Even if we decide that soldiering on is the answer, and try to pretend that everything is fine; this coping system will ultimately fail to provide a solution as long as the root of the problem remains unaddressed.

Does life feel like it is getting on top of you?

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or anxious?

Do your relationship issues seem unsolvable?

Are you looking for individual psychotherapy or couples counselling in South West London?

Welcome to my Wimbledon practice! I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist located in South West London and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I hold an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Roehampton University and a post graduate certificate in Couples Counselling from the Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having lived, studied and worked in different countries, I consider my international background to be an invaluable asset to my role as a counsellor and psychotherapist as it helps me appreciate and better understand cultures and customs different from my own.

I offer counselling and psychotherapy in South West London in English and French. I also arrange individual telephone and video therapy sessions for those of you who are unable to commit to a weekly or fortnightly schedule because of work requirements or travelling restrictions. Video sessions are arranged through a secure and confidential platform.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you if you are:

  • Struggling with relationship issues;

  • Diagnosed with clinical depression or just feeling low;

  • Suffering from stress, anxiety, panic attacks or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD);

  • Facing life-changing situations such as retirement, redundancy or moving;

  • Distressed as a result of bereavement or any other loss such as divorce or separation;

  • Consumed by worry, anger or jealousy;

  • Conflicted between two or more cultures and struggling with identity and belonging;

  • Feeling powerless, lost and without direction.

    Throughout the course of individual psychotherapy or couples counselling, my role is to help you better understand yourself and find your own answers rather than giving you advice.

    "There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilised as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." The Dalai Lama

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    How does it work?

    Here are some of the ways counselling and psychotherapy can be of benefit to you:

    Feeling heard and understood – Counsellors are trained to listen without judging or criticising. Their job is to accept you unconditionally, meet you where you are, and to work from your perspective. This approach creates a safe environment which enables you to explore difficult and challenging feelings. Where there is no judgment, there is no need to defend ourselves.

    Help in facing difficult feelings – Unprocessed, stuck emotions hold you back. Sharing your concerns and fears with someone who acknowledges them and helps you explore them can bring great relief. The empathic stance of your therapist can help you feel less alone in facing your negative thoughts, feelings, and habit patterns. In this way, counselling facilitates your journey into taking the first steps to deal with your emotions in a healthy manner.

    Support in exploring options – A counsellor does not to give advice or solve problems, but rather, through attentive listening, their role is to guide you toward finding your own solutions. As you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, you are likely to develop ways to get unstuck and make the changes you wish to see.

    Develop a better understanding of yourself – Most of us function on automatic pilot. Our past circumstances and experiences serve as the foundation for our beliefs about ourselves and others. From our observations and beliefs, we develop strategies for dealing with life, sometimes called rules for living. A better insight into your rules for living, how and why you created them, can help you understand the ways you think, feel, act and react, in turn allowing you to take control.

    A Sample of Talking Therapies

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the belief that events do not cause us to feel anxious or depressed, rather it is our interpretation about those events that determine our emotional reaction. Exploring our core beliefs and the rules for living we abide by can help us clarify the unhelpful thinking patterns we have developed, reframe the situation, and adopt healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

    Person-Centred Therapy (PCT). PCT is a humanistic approach based on the premise that each one of us has the internal resources to fulfill our potential for growth as long as the right conditions are in place. The aim of PCT is to provide three core conditions – empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence – to help you develop a stronger and healthier sense of self and move towards self-actualisation.

    Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytical Therapies. These insight-oriented therapies concentrate on the unconscious and its manifestation on current behaviours and thoughts. The focus is on understanding the influence of the past on the present, and on developing self-awareness.

    Integrative Therapy. The integrative approach takes into account many views of human functioning and incorporates different elements of specific therapies to suit your style and the difficulties you experience. The aim is to facilitate self-understanding and wholeness.

    The most important aspect of counselling and psychotherapy is the professional relationship between therapist and client. A climate of trust, mutuality, safety and support is essential to positive outcome.

    I have been practicing counselling and psychotherapy in South West London for over eight years and have helped clients who have experienced difficulties with:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Bullying and Discrimination
  • Depression
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Sexual, emotional and physical abuse
  • Stress, and
  • Trauma.

    Health care provider for CIGNA and AVIVA

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