Counselling & Psychotherapy

What is therapy and counselling?

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. It may continue over several weeks or months. This depends on your individual situation. Your chosen therapist should discuss this with you before and during your course of therapy.
Sessions will usually last fifty minutes to one hour. This can be adapted to your needs and should be discussed with your chosen therapist.
Many people see their therapist once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of therapy being offered.
Before you begin therapy, make sure you ask your therapist about the process they are choosing to follow, so that you know what the plan is from the start.
We have 2 Counsellors: Rajinder Hodge and Sala Lawrence. Both are based at Theale Wellbeing Centre in Theale, near Reading.
See Our Team for their biographies.

Mindfulness in Reading

Many individuals are actively turning to Meditation and Mindfulness in order to help both prevent stress and stress related illness.
Whilst Mindful Meditation is great for helping anxiety, stress and depression you don’t have to suffer from any of these to benefit from Mindful Meditation. it will also help you to:
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Increase energy and relieve fatigue
  • Recharge and revitalise the mind and body
  • Bring deep rest and calm into your life
  • Enhance positivity and contentment
  • Improve personal effectiveness, productivity and creativity
  • Develop a capacity for sustained attention which is purposeful, in the moment and non-judgemental
  • Increase resilience to life’s ups and downs
  • Ease chronic pain and muscular tension
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Build stronger immune systems
  • Support in a positive way most diseases including  cancer, heart disease etc.
Mindful Meditation is easy, enjoyable, effective and anyone can do it. While Mindful Meditation does need to be practised on a regular basis it does only take a few minutes each day. Those using Mindful Meditation often comment that it helps obtain clarity as well as a sense of calm, perspective, equanimity, and renewed energy.
Classes are led by Andy Taylor and Judy Claughton and are entirely secular and open to everyone irrespective of background, beliefs or abilities. Mindfulness classes are held at Theale Wellbeing Centre on the High Street in Theale, near Reading.
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