Lifeworks Therapy LoungeCounselling & Psychotherapy in Astley, Greater Manchester

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Astley, Greater Manchester & Lancashire.

Do Any Of The Following Resonate With You?

  • Are you unsure of who you are or what you want?
  • Do you find yourself people-pleasing or apologising for who you are?
  • Do you feel invisible?
  • Is there something holding you back from being present in the moment?
  • Do you have difficulty trusting, connecting or relying on others?
  • Are you living on autopilot?
  • Are you feeling emotionally numb or disconnected from others?
  • Do you find people misunderstand or struggle to get to know you?
  • Do the relationships you have with others feel hard work?
  • Do you lack the confidence to be yourself?
  • Are you trying to cope with a challenging life event?
  • Or, is there just the sense that things are not right?

  • If So, Counselling & Psychotherapy Can Help.

    Hello and a very warm welcome to you!

    I'm Ruth, I am a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Astley, Greater Manchester. I have many years of clinical experience, in a range of therapeutic settings, and love what I do! If you are struggling with any of the above concerns, I believe working together could help you. As a counsellor & psychotherapist, I offer support to adults here in Astley (Just a short distance from Bolton) and the surrounding areas of Greater Manchester.

    With nearly 10 years of experience, I am a compassionate, knowledgeable and understanding therapist. I offer a space from where my clients can feel confident to share feelings and know they will be heard and understood.

    Why Seek Counselling & Psychotherapy?

    Therapy can help you to better manage and cope with a number of things, including issues with relationships, bereavement, anger, stress, depression and issues with self-esteem. This list is by no means exhaustive. Therapy can help with long-term physical health problems, difficult life events such as losing your job, divorce, trauma and many other issues. Sometimes, simply speaking to a professional can make all the difference. Friends may not always understand, whereas a counsellor and psychotherapist can offer understanding and provide clarity, while you speak in a safe, confidential space.

    "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you". Maya Angelou

    What Happens In Therapy?

    Typically, counselling and psychotherapy are forms of talking therapies that enable people to discuss their problems, worries and any difficult feelings they are experiencing, in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Therapy can mean different things to different people, but generally, it is something people seek when they want to change a certain aspect of their life, need support, or simply because they want to explore and understand their thoughts and feelings more closely. All of us are different and the tailored support offered to you will vary, dependant on your situation.

    I provide a warm, human and professional service, in a safe and supportive, non-judgmental environment. I value your worth as an individual, which is expressed through my continued efforts to build a trusting, therapeutic relationship. I believe that this therapeutic relationship is a collaborative process in which we work together to best meet your individual needs. I work as an integrative counsellor. This means that I can combine ideas and insights, drawn from different counselling theories, in order to tailor sessions that will best support you. This approach supports my philosophy that each person is unique and that no single approach suits all. At no point will I tell you what to do. By offering you understanding, respect and acceptance, together we can explore the issues that are important to you, so that we can work towards a more positive future. I have a straight-forward, honest and caring attitude. My style of counselling, put simply, is about supporting you to gain perspective and understanding of how you think, feel and behave, how you approach difficulties in your life, and how you can feel more in control. I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to live a meaningful, purpose-filled life and I would welcome the opportunity in supporting you to live the best life possible.

    What Are The Benefits Of Counselling & Psychotherapy?

  • To give you a safe place to talk to a trained professional without judgement.
  • To help you make sense of difficult feelings/emotions and to better support the understanding of yourself.
  • To help you talk through an issue in order to gain clarity of the situation.
  • To help you resolve complicated issues, or find ways to manage them.
  • To help you recognise unhelpful patterns and/or behaviours, and find ways to change them (if you want to).
  • To gain confidence in your relationships with others.
  • To help you negotiate a difficult life transition.
  • To gain confidence in embracing and expressing your feelings so that you can work toward repairing the inner-emptiness you may feel.
  • To help you to undo criticism and enhance self-care.

  • There are many benefits to therapy. It is recognised as a preventative measure and a form of self-care in managing difficult feelings before they get worse.

    How do sessions work?

    Therapy sessions would be held face to face (or online via Zoom) on a one to one basis, lasting for one hour, can be a single one-off session, weekly or for a longer duration, all of which is negotiable to suit your needs. If you are unsure if counselling is for you, I can offer a free 10 minute telephone call to talk through any worries or concerns you may have and to see if I am the right person for you. Alternatively, booking an initial session can often help in your decision about whether therapy is right for you and there is no pressure or obligation to continue after the initial session.

    Looking for a counsellor & psychotherapist in Astley (within easy reach of Bolton), Greater Manchester?

    I hope you find all the information you need to give you the confidence to take the first step in coming to counselling & psychotherapy. If you have any further questions, or you would like to book an initial session, please feel free to get in touch by telephone, text or email. My counselling practice is conveniently located for Atherton, Bolton, Boothstown, Ellenbrook, Farnworth, Glazebury, Hindsford, Leigh, Little Hulton, Mosley Common, Salford, Swinton, Tyldesley, Walkden and Worsley,