Welcome to Solace Counselling Leicestershire Private Counselling Service and Clinical Supervision
Solace Counselling Services is a professional counselling service for people from all walks of life. If you would like support to help keep on top of your mental wellbeing please contact me on the email link to arrange an appointment or call me directly on 07734000257. Please note whilst continuing to monitor government guidelines I am now offering face-to-face appointments again alongside working remotely with telephone or video consultations. Those of you wishing to attend face-to-face appointments will receive a Covid-19 client information sheet advising you of all the precautions I am taking to ensure your safety.
I also provide clinical supervision for counselling practitioners and work for Employee Assistance Programmes. My main counselling room is in Narborough, covering the South Leicestershire area.
Supervision: Counselling practitioners please see 'About Me' for details of the Supervision I offer.
Private Counselling enables you to appoint a counsellor of your choice with times that are convenient to you which includes evening or weekend appointments with no waiting list and often same week appointments. You do not need a referral from your GP you can make immediate contact by email through the link provided or please call: 07734000257 If I am with a client and not available you are welcome to leave a message and I will return your call on the same day.
Are you struggling with relationship issues during lockdown? Sometimes communication problems can become overwhelming, if you feel you are at this point it may be helpful to seek professional support. Looking at the issues you believe are at the root of the problem and talking them through in a calm secure environment may bring a great sense of relief. We will work together to help you feel more able to deal with life’s challenges and improve your well-being.
My counselling practice on School Lane in Narborough, Leicestershire, is just 10 minutes ride from Leicester train station and a few minutes walk from Narborough station, it is five minutes drive from Fosse Park and the motorway network and there is plenty of parking. The practice is easily accessible from many of the smaller villages including; Whetstone, Littlethorpe, Blaby, Aylestone, Lutterworth and Countesthorpe. Nestled down a quiet and charming village lane, it is worth travelling that little bit further for your privacy as Solace Counselling offers a peaceful, confidential sanctuary, a place of safety where you can feel at ease to talk openly in a supportive, relaxed environment.
If you are experiencing difficulties with any of the issues below then you can make immediate contact either by email or phone:
My background has been varied and my experience and knowledge includes working in schools as a youth worker, in the business sector as a company director and in education as a counselling lecturer, this experience has proven to be invaluable in my counselling work it has enabled me to develop a greater awareness and understanding of issues that affect people of all ages and from all walks of life.
As your counsellor I will provide a warm, supportive, confidential and safe environment where you are able to explore and gain a better understanding of yourself. Counselling assists you to find solutions to areas in your life that may be troubling you. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is trained to help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems.
"As a very private person,I don’t readily reveal myself to others but I found I was able to trust Jeanette straight away and shared things with her that I wouldn’t normally disclose. She gives me the impression that nothing would be too shocking or ridiculous or off-key to bring into the light of day. I feel I can safely entrust my feelings to Jeanette and she will help me work through them."
Anxiety and Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is a term used to describe feelings of extreme anxiety, worry and distress in social situations. You may fear being judged by other people, feel anxious and on edge; you may experience physical symptoms such as heart racing, sweating and blushing and may worry and lack confidence about how to behave in social settings. Research shows social anxiety affects both men and woman equally. If you are affected by social anxiety you may find yourself avoiding social interaction, the consequences of this can lead to isolation and loneliness and in time can lead to depression. Counselling can help you if you are suffering from social anxiety, there are skills and techniques you can learn, please be assured social anxiety is a common problem and is treatable, you can learn to feel more positive about yourself and about life in general and over time develop an inner resilience so you will feel more confident and able to deal with life's challenges.
We are all unique complex individuals. Life experiences shape our thought process and as a consequence affect how we relate to others and how we feel about ourselves, depression can affect anyone at any time. People are not always aware or conscious when they are sinking and experiencing feelings unknown to them before. People often use the phrase’ I’m depressed’ to describe how they are feeling about current situations in their life, they may feel unhappy or that life is a burden however if these feelings persist and invade your everyday life early intervention such as counselling can be very effective.
Bereavement Counsellor Leicester working with traumatic/sudden death
I have considerable experience working as a bereavement counsellor in Leicester, I have also received training and facilitated bereavement support groups in Birmingham and Northampton for those bereaved through the suddenness and unexpected nature of a road death. These skills also help me to work with people who are experiencing traumatic grief from the initial shock of sudden death from other circumstances. Complex and extended grief can result in debilitating symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as being on edge, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, sleep problems, negative thoughts, and irritability. I can provide those of you who have experienced loss through sudden death with a set of skills to help you cope with these symptoms. Appropriate support can help build resilience, it will help you to feel calmer and more in control, it can help reduce some of the traumatic pain to make your grieving more manageable and improve your wellbeing.
Bereavement Counselling may be able to provide you with support during very difficult times. People have described their loss to me as totally life changing; they feel as though they have lost a part of their own lives which they will never get back. Each person has their own unique way of dealing with grief and their own coping mechanisms, bereaved people are changed by the experience of their loss, they do not necessarily ‘get over it’ however a transformation takes place whereby the bereaved person learns to live again and come to terms with their loss in their own unique way. As a bereavement counsellor I will accompany you on that bereavement journey helping you to manage your grief, respecting your thoughts, views and feelings and provide you with the comfort and support needed as you find your own way through.
Counselling for Men
Statistics show men are at high risk of suicide across all age groups but particularly men under 50, this is a compelling reason why men should be encouraged to talk through their concerns with a professional counsellor. I find I am now seeing a much higher percentage of men seeking counselling which is good news as it means men are no longer struggling alone in silence; they are beginning to recognise the benefits of talking through the problems that are affecting their ability to function in their normal day to day routines. If you are reading this article it’s important you know that Counselling provides you with the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in much greater depth and it helps you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. Counselling provides you with strategies for overcoming negative thoughts and develops your resilience to manage your emotions in a more positive way. It helps build your confidence, can be motivating and uplifting and is a real tonic for your mental well-being. Talking to someone who shows you empathy, does not judge you and whose aim is to help you work towards a more hopeful and optimistic future is the first step towards making changes that may transform your life.
There are times in all relationships when things don't run smoothly. If you are experiencing problems and are willing to talk honestly and openly to a Counsellor in a confidential environment about what is causing the upset, you may find it will help you to understand yourself better, enable you to put things into perspective and find a way through your difficulties.
Dealing with a breakup
The breakup of a relationship can turn your whole life upside down, it is a loss of all the hopes and dreams you had for the future. It can disrupt every aspect of your life, your work, your home, and your friendship groups. Grieving the loss of your relationship and recovering from a painful breakup is a stressful and emotional experience, worrying about what the future might look like can be overwhelming. However, it’s important to know that you can and will move forwards from this experience. Talking through the pain, sadness and despair you may be feeling will take you one step closer to a more hopeful future, we will work to build up your resilience and you will find the strength to move forwards.
Do you feel that you listen attentively to what your partner is trying to communicate to you? Do you feel your partner listens sufficiently carefully to what you say? Breakdown in communication is central to all relationship issues; if you feel communication between you and your partner is deteriorating then talking to an experienced third person can help you to learn how to really listen. You may then discover what has caused the blocks in your communication and take the first steps towards improving your relationship.
Are you struggling with loneliness, feeling exposed, empty and vulnerable? Talking about these feelings, acknowledging that they do exist and that what you are feeling is very real can help to ease the pain, it can help you feel a little lighter and more able to find ways to cope.
If you've been diagnosed with a terminal illness, strong emotions and feelings can be overwhelming, you may find it helps to talk to a counsellor who is detached from the situation and is trained to listen and help you work through your feelings.
Counselling for carers of Dementia
The dementia care organisation state research shows carers are much more likely to experience poor health than those who don’t have caring responsibilities. It is demanding physically and emotionally when supporting someone with dementia, emotional support can be crucial. Talking through the difficulties you are experiencing of caring for a family member or friend with dementia can bring great relief. It is essential you look after your own health if you are going to continue to be an effective carer. Counselling is an excellent support line for carers struggling to cope, talking through your feelings can help you to understand why you feel the way you do and is a positive step forwards in helping you to manage your role and cope with the life changes. I have experience of working with dementia and understand how this disease affects the individual and how daunting it can be for the caregiver, I will support you on this journey and help you to adapt to the new challenges.
How can I be of value to you?
Our first initial meeting lasts for one hour in which a history is taken and you have the opportunity to talk through the difficulties you are experiencing. This allows for me to clearly understand the problems you wish to address and work through. It enables us to ensure that counselling is the best way forward for your needs and that you feel comfortable and trust working with me as your counsellor.
Counselling is a very personal and private process and the number of sessions required depends on each individual persons needs, we are all unique and therefore our time together is on an open ended basis.
My fees are £40 per 60 minute session for self-funded sessions, concessions are available dependant upon individual circumstances and to students on counselling courses. I am available for Daytime, Evening and Weekend Appointments.
What is counselling and how can it help you?
As a qualified professional with a considerable amount of experience of working with people in distress, I can provide you with tools that will be effective in improving your mental wellbeing. These can be particularly helpful if you are having difficulties with memories constantly replaying or if you are feeling depressed, anxious, experiencing low mood and having difficulty sleeping. We will look at what is stopping you from functioning in a way that you would normally have managed before and I will help you to recognise what it is that is making you feel so vulnerable.
In our counselling sessions we will explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour to help you identify what changes you can make to help you in your recovery. Counselling is your chance to talk about the things that make you sad, anxious and generally unhappy. Talking with a counsellor to help you understand yourself better can be quite liberating and life changing; it can empower you to feel so much more confident and able to deal with the pressures and uncertainty of everyday living.
There is a growing body of evidence for the effectiveness of Counselling it can make a difference to depression, stress, anxiety and burn out so if you would like to make improvements in your life and resolve the issues that are troubling you take that first step towards change and make an appointment today.
Simple technique which you can use to deal with anxiety, feelings of panic or distress. Sometimes when feeling worried or scared we take shallow breaths and this can make you feel dizzy. Deep breathing is a really quick technique which can be used to bring about a state of calm – it slows down the heart rate.
Deep Breathing Exercise
Take a deep breath counting up to seven seconds. Hold the breath for seven seconds and then gently open your mouth and sigh out slowly (SOS) for seven seconds.
This exercise is used to reduce tension in our bodies and is an excellent calming technique, try using this technique 4 times a day for 4 minutes.
Counselling Leicestershire My counselling practice covers the edge of Leicester and South Leicester area. Counselling Narborough is 2 miles from Fosse Park and the motorway networks and just 5 minutes walk from Narborough train station, it has plenty of parking and is easily reached from the surrounding areas of ; Littlethorpe, Blaby, Aylestone, Glen Parva, Enderby , Whetstone, Broughton Astley, Countesthorpe, LE8, Dunton Bassett and Gilmorton. I also practice counselling in Market Harborough, LE16, close to Kibworth, Great Glen, Oadby, LE2, Knighton, Stoneygate, Fleckney, Shearsby, Arnesby and Husbands Bosworth.
For further details please feel free to contact me by email or on my mobile: 07734000257