Liberate Counselling, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham

A Counselling Service in Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham

I provide individual counselling for a range of mental health issues, and am based in Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham. Counselling sessions are either in person at the private rooms I use nearby or online, by video.

It's reasonable to assume that you are reading this because you are looking for counselling to help you work through one or more issues that you have been struggling with and perhaps for some time. It may not have been easy for you to get to this point, but well done for getting this far and trying something different!

If you've never seen a counsellor before, you might have a few questions you'd like answering before you go any further. If that is the case, then here is more information.

What is Counselling?

Counselling helps you to feel better through talking regularly about your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional that you trust who works with you to explore your perspectives and find your own solutions.

The aim is usually for you to have better self-understanding, self-compassion, relationships and the life you choose.

"I feel so worried about my mental health right now."

Mental Health Issues

My years in the NHS and a local charity give me a sound working knowledge of several issues, but mainly anxiety and relationship problems.

Counselling helps free you from your mental health issues

For example, if you and your partner frequently fall out, you will almost certainly find yourself constantly worrying, overthinking, having disturbed sleep, being restless and maybe even having panic attacks.

Maybe you are being bullied at work but dare not stand up for yourself because of the threat to your employment, income, home and life.

On the other hand, it could be your own behaviour that you are concerned about. Maybe you are worried about losing your marriage or perhaps you have difficulties maintaining other relationships.

Whilst living in anxiety long-term is extremely debilitating, it is actually a biological means of self-preservation against a threatening situation: it's the "fight-or-flight" reaction. When neither of those is an option, you might react another way - and freeze.

Each of these reactions comes about when there is a serious threat to life as you know it, and you are in survival-mode. You will know what this means if you experience it, because these reactions are lightning-fast and so overpowering.

"I'm not sure it's anxiety I have."

Check out the symptoms of anxiety.

It's rarely just one type of issue you're facing, but several. For example: thinking about the past is linked to depression, and doubting yourself is a symptom of low self-esteem. Not being yourself makes you stressed out because you want things to change, and this can lead to anger issues as you are primed to react quickly. All of these will likely lead to relationship problems that are a blight on your life.

Irrespective of all this, some are rather poor for cultural reasons at talking about troubles. We men have to stay strong whatever the circumstances, but being strong and yet sensitive to others is particularly hard. Here's a page about men's issues.

I am saying that I can help you to live freely through a journey of self-discovery. After all, you don't want to stay where you are do you?

I was stuck myself once, but overcame!

Here's a tip for you: a true sense of self is always effective in bringing you peace. A really powerful way this occurs is through talking to someone.

Read what this client said:

Counselling helps you find who you are

"I felt I could understand more about who I am and what my future expectations are."

ML - 30th March 2018

That's right - this person found a clearer sense of self and direction.

And you could too!

Contact me and let's see what we can do together.

That might sound like a good thing to you. However, generally speaking, it takes courage to take the steps you are taking.

"One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do."

NHS England - "Mental Health"

Why You Stay Stuck

Personally speaking, I believe that the reason there is so much suffering is that our society is quite judgemental and so we tend to hide our problems from everyone as a way of protecting ourselves. That isn't actually helping though, and perhaps you are reading this because now you recognise you need to find someone who understands you.

Spiritual Healing - Becoming Whole

It's helpful if you can talk freely about all aspects of your life because it might just be that the one area you hold back on stops you from becoming whole. However, this is not easy if you fear being judged because of your beliefs.

Let me reassure you: my Christian faith, which demands my respect for others, means you can freely explore the part your own beliefs play in your path to healing.

Michael Underwood MBACP - Counsellor in Rotherham

If we can build a relationship of trust, that should offer a secure starting point for further exploration.

Michael Underwood MBACP

Whoever you are, whatever troubles you have, my aim is to enable you to make sense of everything and live the life you are looking for.

Video: "How I would work with you as a counsellor"

I am qualified to deliver online therapy as well as face-to-face sessions.

Find out more about my qualifications and training.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Registration membership
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Would Talking to a Counsellor Help?

Most people find me helpful.

I don't judge because I know from personal experience that anyone can fall on hard times

I avoid giving advice - I believe that you are the expert on you

Sharing your burden makes you feel lighter

I uphold your right to have therapy without others knowing as a matter of privacy

I believe that you are unique - just as everyone else is.

I believe that you have the right to be heard and understood and I will listen intently to you.

Choosing a Counsellor

Counselling success hinges on how comfortable you feel talking to your counsellor. This is because the things you probably wish to talk about are quite private.

Things you might have buried long ago that you avoided dealing with at the time will not be easy to talk to just anyone about.

I offer a free consultation to help you decide if I am the right person for you.

A free consultation would give you a no-obligation chance to get some idea of how you would feel talking to me. You could use either a video app or telephone for this - whichever you are most comfortable with.

Book a free 30 minute consultation.

In case you aren't quite ready for that, watch this video and see for yourself what it might be like talking to me.

Here I try to explain a little about the counselling process. The aim is to be able to make an informed decision about what's next for you.

Consultation Offer

I believe that if you would give me a chance to meet you, you will get an idea that working with me could bring about the changes you long for.

Book a free 30-minutes consultation.

Covid-19 Update (1st June 2021)

Online therapy is of course Covid safe, since we would not have to meet in person. However, I am now also taking bookings for face-to-face sessions.

There are some safety precautions in place and you are welcome to ask about these when getting in touch.