Turning Tides Counselling
Turning Tides Counselling

At Turning Tides we understand the bravery it takes to admit you want help and to access the relevant support necessary to achieve change. The first time you make contact can be a daunting experience but we believe that the benefits and the peace you can experience  will make it worth while.


Counselling is a time set aside by you and your counsellor to look at what has brought you to therapy. The counsellor will do their best to help you to look at your issues, counsellors will not give advice on what to do with your life, however they will help you to identify the right course of action, either to help resolve your difficulties or help find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time and it is often a difficult process, however it is also beneficial in helping you to move forward.

The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards living in a way that you experience as more satisfying and resourceful. This might include talking about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.  It’s a way of helping you to express your thoughts and feelings, clarify your situation and come to terms with experiences.  It helps to see difficulties more objectively and with less anxiety.  The relationship between us is equal, taking place in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. You won’t tell you what to do, advise or pass judgement.  I hope to create a safe atmosphere to help explore issues that are important to you. Of course there are times when it doesn’t work miracles.  It’s like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in.

Another common worry about counselling is that you will almost be forced to divulge your innermost thoughts and secrets – they may even gush out uncontrollably against your will!  This doesn’t happen either.  You are completely in control of what you reveal – you choose what you tell the counsellor.  It goes without saying that the more honest and open you are, the quicker you’ll reap the benefits but if you have a very troubled past and are anxious about going over old memories, remember that you can choose to take your time and only go as far as you can at that point in time.  Your counsellor should not put you under any undue pressure.  There’s a theory that your mind will only allow as much as you can handle to be released at a particular stage in the process,
There are a wide range of issues that may bring you into counselling, however you don't need to fit the list to make contact.
Some issues that may have touched you : -


  • Peer pressure
  • Coping with exams
  • Feelings of anxiety, stress or confusion
  • Panic attacks
  • Bullying
  • Phobia
  • Feelings of depression
  • Coping with redundancy
  • Feeling lonely or isolated
  • Lacking confidence or low self-esteem
  • Personal development
  • Feelings of anger, frustration or aggression
  • Concerns about personal relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Suffering abuse past or present
  • Questioning your sense of identity
  • Feeling lonely, isolated or unable to connect with those around you
  • Having physical problems with no clear physical cause
  • Lacking a sense of meaning or purpose in life
  • Feeling addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or other behaviours
  • Trauma
  • Suffering from physical or emotional abuse
  • Coping with pain and physical illness
  • Creativity blockage
  • Miscarriage, abortion or infertility issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Ageing
  • Parenting challenges
  • Are you coping with the challenge of caring for someone with a disibility
  • Have you been touched by adoption


Contact us

You can reach us on:

Bexley area -

Caroline Gladdish 



Email -



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