"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud."
Erika Wiesenmueller-Potter MA
Dip H.I.C., MBACP (Accred.)
Counselling for Individuals in Bath, Somerset
If you find life and relationships difficult at times, feel anxious or stressed by your problems, you may like to make some changes with professional help.
Maybe your life is not pressured by immediate problems but you may wish to gain greater self-awareness through self-exploration and work on your self-development.
I have worked as a counsellor for 20 years and I see clients for long-term or short-term individual therapy as well as for one-off consultations.
I am particularly experienced in working with clients with the following issues:
Personal, relationship & work related problems
Loss of confidence & low self-esteem
Obsessive compulsive behaviour
Having worked as a counsellor for students in the Student Counselling Service at the University of Bath for many years, I have extensive experience of issues relating to student life.
Psychology has long known that the way we think and feel about ourselves profoundly affects our moods, our sense of self-worth, our confidence and how we deal with life. As a therapist, I aim to support you in making sense of your worries by talking openly about them in a calm, confidential and safe space. Talking through and gaining greater clarity of your concerns will help you to find ways to move forward.
I work in the centre of Bath just around the corner from Bath Abbey. I have now returned to working face to face but I am also continuing to offer clients to see me online if this is their preference.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can bring any concerns you want to explore. The first or initial session is an opportunity for you to outline your concerns and for both of us to explore whether the experience and approach I offer suits you and the issues you bring. There is no obligation to commit to anything until you decide you wish to do so. I offer long-term psychotherapeutic counselling and time-limited counselling as well as one-off consultations.
Short-term Counselling is helpful when you experience a sudden crisis, need to make a decision that you find difficult or something has unsettled you and you would like to find out why and what to do about it. A time-limited, solution focused counselling arrangement for an agreed number of sessions would help you to address the specific issue. Most people find anything from a few weeks to several months sufficient to help them move forward.
Psychotherapeutic counselling is open-ended and long-term. It is more supportive and needed if you find it hard to resolve long-standing concerns, or feel stuck in persistent or recurring states of negative emotion.
It may be that you are trapped in excessive worrying or anxiety about your personal life, your future, work or health.
You may feel depressed and hopeless, or lack energy and drive for no apparent reason.
You may not feel in control of your moods, feel overwhelmed, or feel angry with yourself and others some or all of the time.
You may experience difficulties in adjusting after a significant loss or life change.
And, you may feel that you do not wish to talk to friends or family about your problems.
These are just a few examples why someone may seek help. I offer you a professional space to talk in confidence with the necessary emotional support to facilitate exploration of deeper, underlying issues. Developing an understanding of whatever keeps you stuck in unwanted states will help you make lasting changes for the better.