Anita Hobbs Counselling and Therapy for South and West London

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Counselling and Therapy for South and West London.

May I extend a warm welcome to my website. I am an experienced counsellor and relationship therapist based in Isleworth, covering South and West London.
I am within easy reach of Brentford, Chiswick, Ealing, Hanwell, Hounslow, Isleworth, Kew, Osterly, Northfields, Richmond, Teddington and Twickenham.

I also offer counselling supervision.

Since 1981 I have offered a professional and confidential counselling service and today my work is split between individuals, couples and psychosexual therapy clients. Please visit my About Me page for full details of my Qualifications.

"Therapy is about the relationship people make... counselling offers you the support you need and a quiet place in order to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and make the right choices for yourself."


Does life feel too stressful?

Are you experiencing difficulties within a relationship?

Maybe life is getting on top of you and you just need some quiet space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a calm place?


This is a time when counselling and therapy may help restore perspective to life with all of its potential. Maybe now the time is right for you to take The First Step.



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Where I Can Help


You may be experiencing difficulty
with any of the following:

  • Relationship issues
  • Divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Loss
  • Trauma

Counselling can help you make sense of your life and experiences. Sometimes you need help to be able to make decisions that will enable you to make changes within your life, and move forward more positively. It is part of the human condition to doubt our own abilities and working with a counsellor may help you to understand yourself better.



Location

My work as a counsellor and relationship therapist takes place in Isleworth easily accessible for South and West London
You can find more details on my location and finding me here: Location

If you feel the time is right for you,
then please don't hesitate to contact me on
07957 161908 or
Click here to email me


I always offer my clients a first appointment, which is paid for at the time, and then there is no obligation to feel that you must continue counselling with me. At the end of this initial appointment I ask you to go away and consider whether we can work together in a harmonious relationship which will address your needs. If after thought you feel that to be the case, then our work continues from that point.

I also offer Counselling Supervision so please contact me if you would like more information about this aspect of my work.



On The Blog:

03.11.2016



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What is EMDR and can it help me?

EMDR therapy can heal blocked trauma without us having to relive the trauma by repeating the story during our therapy sessions.

This technique assists our minds to process and release feelings and information that are held and trapped in our body/ mind.
Sessions of EMDR provide noticeable relief from the distress of trauma after just one session.
EMDR therapy can free traumatised people from the disturbing and distracting images and body sensations that are associated with trauma.
These can include flashbacks to past events, anxiety, panic, despair, anger, fear and exhaustion.

Extreme versions of these symptoms where the sensations that are associated with trauma are severe and debilitating, is known as PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


What is a trauma?

Trauma is a shocking experience that is deeply disturbing or distressing.
A shocking experience that is traumatic could be:

  • An emotional shock, such as the death of a loved one or divorce.
  • A physical shock such as an accident, an operation or mugging.
  • A mental or psychological shock, where the normal working of the mind is altered because of an overwhelming amount of stress.
  • A medical emergency where your physical body is in a state of shock, not covered here.

    During and directly after the traumatic event, we may experience shock symptoms, such as dizziness, feeling light headed or faint. Bluish lips and fingernails, pale, cool clammy skin, or sweating and shaking.
    Later we often talk about the experience, and we may cry and shake.


    What happens when our mind/ body experiences a trauma?

    After the immediate shock symptoms have faded, there is a period of recovery.

    We usually automatically process traumatic events that happen in our lives.
    Normally we are all able to come to terms with traumas, the memory fades and stops affecting our day-to-day life.
    The latest research shows that during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) our brain goes through a cycle of dual stimulation. It seems that this process changes our memories from a physical stimulation and the related emotional feeling and images. They change into a verbal, language based memory which is remembered as a story.
    Usually our mind/ body processes and manages traumatic events during our normal sleep cycles without us being aware of it.
    EMDR allows this process to happen while we are awake.


    Why are some traumas so troubling and left unprocessed?

    Some traumas are overwhelming. These extreme events overload our processing system. This overload leads to the event becoming stuck or trapped in an unprocessed state with a large emotional charge.

    Where a trauma remains unprocessed, it is held isolated in our mind.
    We often forget the event itself, but the thoughts, feelings, images, physical - read the rest if the article On The Blog

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