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Stepping Stones Counselling and Psychotherapy Limited

About 

Stepping Stones Counselling and Psychotherapy Limited



Founded in 2017,  Stepping Stones originally consisted of our Managing Director, Rebekah,  providing therapy sessions for 999 staff at £15 per session and reduced fee sessions for private clients, whilst she led another service as the Lead Therapist.


It soon became very apparent that the service needed to become much more substantial,  and Stepping Stones Counselling and Psychotherapy (which became a Limited company in 2020) was born.

Our Ethos

At Stepping Stones, we believe that mental health difficulties are a part of life which can, and do, affect anyone, at any stage in their lives, no matter their income, gender, sexuality, physical abilities, race or culture.

We therefore are committed to reducing the stigma surrounding mental ill health and accessing support, and to ensuring that therapeutic support is accessible to those on low incomes.

In recognising the vital part that 999 services play for people with mental health difficulties, as well as the impact their work all too often has on 999 personnel, we specialise in working with this group of workers and provide reduced fee therapy for all ambulance, police and fire staff, and their immediate families.


Our Vision

We aim to provide a high quality service to every client who reaches out to Stepping Stones, and to begin to reduce the anxiety of accessing therapy from the moment a client makes contact with us.

Alongside this, we aim to make Stepping Stones a well recognised and respected therapy provider in local communities, as well as with as many employers of first responders as we can across the UK and beyond. 

These aims are both with the intention of working hard to reduce the stigma of mental health difficulties, and of ensuring that accessing support for our mental wellbeing becomes as normal as visiting the doctor for our physical wellbeing.

It really is OK, not to be OK.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around behaviour patterns.  Counsellors complete a period of training lasting at least 2 years, and are qualified up to post graduate level.


Psychotherapy, on the other hand, focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties. Psychotherapists complete a period of training lasting at least 4 years and their minimum level of qualification is at Masters level. 


There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.  However, the four forms most commonly used are: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), humanistic, and integrative theories. Some therapists then specialise in particular areas, such as trauma or bereavement.


Because counselling and psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session.  Some people may even feel physically exhausted after a session. Your therapist is there to help you cope with such feelings and emotions.

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Trauma Focused Therapy, REWIND, EMDR, EFT

For many years, severe anxiety-based conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias were considered only treatable through long, painful exposure therapy, and sometimes not at all. The rewind technique is a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, and anxiety. For many years, severe anxiety-based conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias were considered only treatable through long, painful exposure therapy, and sometimes not at all.


Trauma-focused therapy sessions aim to help youth discover skills and improve coping strategies to better respond to reminders and emotions associated with a traumatic event.  Some of these skills include anxiety management and relaxation strategies that are taught to you by your therapist.


Trauma is divided into three main types: acute, chronic, and complex. Trauma focused therapy is appropriate for all of these areas, with some clients benefiting from particular modes of trauma work, such as REWIND or EMDR. Often, clients who require trauma therapy have been diagnosed with either PTSD or cPTSD by their GP.


For many years, severe anxiety-based conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias were considered only treatable through long, painful exposure therapy, and sometimes not at all. 


The REWIND technique is a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, and anxiety.  It is often used where trauma has occurred only once (eg: a car accident). 


EMDR therapy is a phased, focused approach to treating traumatic and other symptoms by reconnecting the client in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma, and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. It is often used for clients who have experienced repeated trauma, or trauma which has caused significant levels of PTSD.


EFT uses the fingertips to stimulate energy points in the body.  EFT works by tapping on the supposed paths through which “life energy” is believed to flow in the body (meridian points) to release blockages. These specific pathways of energy or meridians help balance energy flow to maintain your health.


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CBT, DBT and Solution-Focused Therapy

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include: learning to recognise one's distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to re-evaluate them in light of reality; or gaining a better understanding of the behaviour and motivation of others.


Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioural changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviours.  DBT is a therapeutic approach often used with people who have been diagnosed with Emotionally  Unstable Personality Disorder (previously known as Borderline Personality Disorder).


Solution focused therapy is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to solving human problems of living. The focus is on the client's health rather than the problem, on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals.

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Have questions, want to know more? Give Nina, our administrator, a call on 07380 965873, or email us using the button below:

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