Sally Mitchell MA, CBT Cert, MBACP (Accred)

  Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Life Coach


Tel: 01493 444000


What Is Counselling?

There are times in everyone's life when problems and issues arise that are difficult to cope with. For many different reasons you may not be able to share your feelings, hopes and fears with anyone else, especially those closest to you. This can be a very lonely, stressful and isolating experience from which there sometimes seems no escape.

Counselling offers you a place and time aside from everyday life to explore aspects of your life which you are finding troubling or challenging. It is the opportunity to talk with a trained professional in confidence about any issues that cause you concern. These may include for example: how you feel about yourself, your relationships with partners, families and friends, managing stress and anxiety, adjusting to a new situation, distressing experiences in your past, and many other issues.

The difference between meeting and having a conversation with a counsellor and talking with a friend for example, is that a counsellor is trained to listen and talk with you in a particular way, one that aims to help you become clearer about how you feel and what you want to do in relation to the difficulties you face. Counselling can help you come to see old difficulties and situations in a new way. It is also a relationship that is not influenced by the responsibilities and needs you might have with friends or family.

Past and present relationships may be looked at as well as your relationship with me as your counsellor. This process may at times be unsettling, but it will help you to understand more about yourself. You may then begin to feel less confused, become able to make changes in your life, or to come to terms with things that can't be changed.

There is no doubt that counselling can be a challenging experience. However, the respectful relationship that can develop between client and counsellor may enable you to discover the strengths and personal resources necessary for you to effect change and move on with your life.

Based in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth, Oak Leaf Counselling can help by offering you a safe and confidential place to talk, face to face, with someone you can trust. A chance to be listened to without being judged. A place where you can feel free to express your true feelings, know that you will be accepted, and that your perspective will be understood, maybe for the first time. If you are not local, perhaps telephone counselling will be the way forward for you. I now also offer sessions via Skype or FaceTime, so distance is not a barrier.

As your counsellor or therapist, I will accompany you on your personal journey through these issues, acting as a sounding board, a guide, a companion and someone who can perhaps offer a different perspective without judging or directing you. Throughout this therapeutic relationship we will discuss and decide together how our work is progressing and when it is complete.

There are many reasons for seeking counselling. You may be feeling upset and distressed, and have problems with your feelings, thoughts, relationships or behaviour. You may have had a sudden life-crisis such as a bereavement, or have lost your job, or have been burgled. You may feel you lack direction and that life makes no sense.

Here are some of the issues counselling helps with:



*Problems with Anger

*Stress Resolutions

*Low self-esteem

*Grief and Loss





*Addictive Behaviour

*Lack of Direction

*Sexual Abuse

*Eating Disorders

*Relationship Problems


*Adolescent Conflicts

*Family Conflicts

*Separation and Divorce


This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please get in touch if you don't see your 'issue' here.

If you feel you have reached a point where you want something to change in your life, and you are ready to make a commitment to the work involved, then counselling could be the way forward for you.

Click here to go to the Questions & Answers Page, or here to send me an email, or phone 01493 44400




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