Bridge of Allan Counselling
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Bridge of Allan Counselling and Mental Health Services in the Stirling Area


Anxiety - Overwhelming Feelings - Repeating Problems - Trauma - Stress - Alcohol-Drug Dependency - Disconnection - Strained Relationships - Trouble Concentrating - Sexual Abuse - Family Matters - Bullying - Body Image - Eating Disorders - Self Esteem Issues - Postnatal Depression- are just a few reasons clients come for counselling.

Is Therapy is Right for Me? Going to see a counsellor can be confusing, there are unlimited options and treatments out there and it can be difficult to decide what is right for you. Below is a brief outline of our approaches to therapy. This hopefully this will be useful for you to make a decision on therapy.

——Person-Centred Therapy ——

The Person-Centred Approach believes everyone is “potentially a competent individual” who can benefit from this form of therapy. The approach enables you to understand yourself better and have a clearer picture of your own unique self concept. By understanding ourselves better we can see where we sometimes have misunderstood ourselves or not been fully congruent in our life to the extent that it could lead to anxiety and other difficulties.


——Photo-therapy——
Phototherapy is a great approach for bringing self-awareness and healing through connection with your subconscious. This is a great introspective approach for all individuals. The approach can be very beneficial to those who have difficulties expressing themselves through words. Phototherapy can deepen and enhance insight, understanding, and relationships with others, in ways that words alone cannot do. Not limited to paper, phototherapy techniques can be used with any photographic imagery--including digital/electronic formats, and films.

——Emotion-Focused Therapy——

Emotion Focused Therapy was developed to help individuals resolve unpleasant emotions by working with those emotions instead of suppressing them. EFT is a therapy that assumes emotions can be a healing source and focuses on the constructive aspects of specific emotions, primarily in the present rather than the past. In one-on-one sessions, the therapist works to help the person in therapy examine personal emotions and emotional responses in order to better understand them.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an approach to living that anyone can enjoy regardless of religion or cultural background. In essence being Mindful can help achieve greater awareness of one’s self and your environment and as result one can achieve greater clarity, insight and understanding. This is achieved by bringing your mind to the present moment (which sounds simple) but most of us have lost this ability through years of “doing rather than being.”

When we feel anxious or depressed sometimes, it is because we are either thinking about the future or worrying about the past but by practicing Mindfulness meditation, and learning to live in the present, we can override the autopilot button which (takes us away from the here and now) and as result we become more grounded and able to engage with our moment experience. Based on the ancient practice of Theravada Buddhism mindfulness is not so much about learning a new skill as remembering a natural state of mind we once new.

Research has shown that Mindfulness Stress Reduction has helped people in particular suffering with, stress, and anxiety, panic attacks, depression, hypertension, insomnia and chronic pain.

Bridge of Allan Counselling in the Stirling Area

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Opening Hours for Appointments
Monday to Friday: 10am - 9pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 11 - 5

(by appointment only)
Call: (01786) 834-221
88 Henderson Street
1st Floor (Centre Office)
Bridge of Allan
FK9 4HA

Rhonda Gillespie is a current member of the below associations.

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International Centre for Emotion Focused Therapy
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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Bridge of Allan Counselling is a trading division of Rhonda Gillespie Limited | Company number: SC509280