Welcome to relating2others
UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY: THE HEART OF EFFECTIVE THERAPY
With almost 30 years of specialist clinical counselling experience, Karen Lawrence relating2others MSW, BSc Hons offers individual therapy, couples counselling including same sex relationships, family counselling, sex addiction therapy and porn addiction counselling services in Belfast Co Antrim, Bangor Co. Down, Northern Ireland and around the UK and Ireland. I also provide support for partners and therapy for couples and sex addiction.
I am a registered therapist with The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor. I am Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) and I am on the Professional Register of ACTO-org.uk and holder of Relate Cert Couple Counselling.
Appointments are flexible to suit your needs daytime and evening from Monday to Thursday.
I find that people often delay before seeking counselling. Generally, they endeavour to solve their own problems by turning to friends or family but in not having in-depth understanding, this is often only a temporary solution.
This is when I can help.
You may arrive at counselling in person in Belfast or Bangor Co. Down N.I. or online via Zoom expecting to be told where you are going wrong; this is not the case. I provide a non-judgemental, impartial service and a safe therapeutic environment where you can explore confidential issues.
At the first session an assessment is made around how counselling could be helpful. I will explain how I might work and together begin to map out how we might deal with the issues. After the first session you can decide whether you want to continue, or, arrange any further sessions.
The answer to this question lies in the Heart of Effective Therapy. Whether you choose in=person or online sessions or a mix of the two, therapy can help most of the time, for most people with most problems and is effective in relieving distress.
I establish a good working relationship - the foundation for change.
Help you stand back to see the wood for the trees and /or zoom in on the detail.
Encourage you to understand and connect thoughts and feelings, do things differently to learn something new or unexpected.
Together we practice ongoing reality testing by putting all of the above together to create a virtuous circle to apply the learning and promote change in your life.
for a wide range of issues, abuse, anxiety management, bereavement, low mood, sexuality, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, family and parenting difficulties.
for building better relationships, uncoupling and managing separation safely including what to say to the children, couples counselling for same sex relationships, Couples and Sex Addiction. For information on 'Talk Yourself Out of a Row' please see my blog.
for blended families, step-parenting situations, children and young people's issues, transitions and life-stages.
Sex Addiction Counselling
for pornography, visiting sex workers, cyber sex (including chat sites), fetish behaviours, telephone sex, sex with strangers/one night stands, and multiple affairs. For more information on 'Recognising Sex and Porn Addiction' please see my blog.
Sex Addiction & Partners
It is devasting to discover your partner has a sex or porn addiction. It can be a complete shock or perhaps you have suspected for a long time? It can feel like being in the freefall trenches. Stability and safety is a priority.
Online Counselling in Northern Ireland
Whilst for many years I have used video conferencing for my own clinical supervision as well as supervising other counsellors, it wasn’t until March 2020 with the pandemic I have had extensive online training to ACTO Level 2 and am registered on their professional register.
Research consistently shows that online therapy is as effective as in person therapy and in having worked for the past 2 years solely online, I am encouraged to find that this is so. Reassuringly, I have found that there is the same level of in-depth therapeutic trust, connectedness and authenticity with online as with face-to-face.
Some of the benefits of Online Counselling are, therapy anywhere that is comfortable and convenient for you and you can make your own space how you need it to be. No navigating transport or traffic and additional time onto your session. I am able to provide continuous support even when one of us is travelling. You can mix and match Online with in-person therapy. You can make a cuppa and have your pet beside you.
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The outcome of counselling will depend on the individual and their willingness to be honest, both with themselves and with me as the counsellor.
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