Your Life, Reimagined
Life has its challenges, highs and lows. For many who have their low days, sometimes it’s difficult to cope. We may experience a whole range of feelings which may include feeling lost, alone, confused, depressed, anxious, stressed, angry, frustrated or even fearful and terrified.
It’s not always easy to talk to the people who are closest to us when we encounter crisis, confusion or despair. Sometimes we think we can overcome it on our own. While this is possible, you don’t have to do this journey alone – let’s talk about it!
About Me and How I Work
Nakeisha Mason, MBACP
I am a registered and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist MBACP and my role is to explore and provide support to those who are experiencing emotional difficulties by helping them identify and work through their challenges. This allows clients to reflect on what is happening and consider alternative ways of thinking or behaving.
My counselling background is in integrative therapy, which combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of each client. Using techniques such as talking therapy and co-creating practical goals to assist clients to reach their own resolutions or develop strategies to address and remedy their concerns.
I have a wealth of experience working with young people and adults who have experienced trauma, family and relationship issues, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, cultural issues, suicidal thoughts, depression, bereavement and loss.
I am committed to working with those coping with tough situations by providing a safe, confidential and encouraging environment in which to contemplate their emotional state.
Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.
Our Counselling Sessions
Using the skills and training I have gained over the years, I can help you identify steps you would like to take towards working through and resolving, your problems. To get the most from your counselling sessions you should aim to make them consistent.
The first few sessions are generally about building up the counselling relationship, so that you feel safe to begin to explore the deeper issues.
Review sessions help us to get a sense of how the sessions are working for you, which will also give you the opportunity to reflect on your counselling journey since you started. This is also a good way of finding out if additional support is needed.
Sessions are open-ended which means you decide when you wish to end the counselling. It’s useful to have a minimum of three sessions notice to enable us to work towards a 'good' and productive ending.
No counselling will begin or end until you feel comfortable and ready to do so.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does”
Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of Counselling
Therapy is a process through which people can come to a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. It’s not a quick fix solution. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your counselling sessions:
Take time before each session to consider your expectations for that session.
This will help you to be able to focus on a particular issue earlier in the session, rather than it taking most of the session to pinpoint that issue and then running out of time to explore it more.
Attend your sessions regularly
Make your counselling sessions one of your top priorities, especially in the early stages toget the most out of it and build your counselling relationship.
Allow the pauses, take your time to tell your story.
Telling your story can sometimes be difficult in a 50 minute session. Pauses and silence can be useful. Go at your own pace.
Be honest and open.
Remember that you are not being judged. If there’s something you want to say, say it. Share what you are feeling and your thoughts. If you feel that you are avoiding a particular issue, then share this – it can be really useful to look at ‘avoidance’. If you feel embarrassed or ashamed, or something is too painful to talk about, don’t be afraid to say this. Slowly, we can work together to get at the issues.
Reflect daily on how you’re feeling.
This will help you to feel more comfortable talking about your feelings. You might find it useful to keep a journal for this purpose – remember to keep it somewhere safe and private.
Don’t expect your counsellor to tell you what to do.
Only you can make the changes you need to move forwards. I can make suggestions, but I‘m not able to tell you what to do.
Allow yourself some time and space after each session to gather your thoughts together.
Maybe have a short walk so your mind isn’t on other things.
Be an active participant.
This is your counselling process. The sessions are generally client-led, so don’t be afraid to be an active and confident leader.