Psychotherapy & Counselling


For psychotherapy, counselling and coaching, in the North West and North Wales, come to Sean Orford (Direct) and his team, who believe in self-development and lifelong learning.

I am a specialist in psychotherapy and coaching, with many years experience. I, and the people that I work with, have a deep understanding of the situations and emotions that affect our clients. Together we offer you the qualified help and support required to resolve and repair difficult situations.

I have worked with thousands of people over the course of the last 30+ years on an incredibly varied set of problems. Whatever it is that is affecting you in a negative way, I can help.

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What is Therapy?

Therapy is a collaborative relationship, between the therapist and the client, working towards a resolution of problems and issues. The form of the therapy will vary according to individual need. The result of therapy is the changing of thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviour leading to a greater sense of well being.

My belief in all my work is that:

Happiness is a state of mind that we each create in the world around us. With the right mind set you can achieve anything that you want in your life.

Therapeutic Approach

At Sean Orford Direct, we use therapeutic approaches that are suitable to you and your needs. These include:

  • CBT is very useful when a situation requires an immediate solution. This approach questions the negative, thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that underpin your problems. Through this approach we learn to think, feel and act in a way that support our well being.
  • Psychodynamic therapy is concerned with issues that remain unresolved that may go right back to childhood. This therapy is concerned with the emotional ties that bind us to the past. Once these are severed we are able to let go of the past and live in the present.
  • Hypnotherapy this is often misunderstood and bears no relationship to the hypnotist shows on TV. We use this therapy to address issues that are ‘inside you but outside of your control’. These may include addictions such as alcohol, nicotine and food. It is also beneficial when working with phobias and anxieties.
  • Deep relaxation and meditation therapy. All clients are given relaxation and sleep recordings. Deep relaxation and the ability to clear your mind, in meditation, is highly effective when working with any issues but particularly with anxiety and phobias.

Why Do People Attend Therapy?

There are many reasons to attend therapy, however, they fall into these main areas:

  • Loss may be a response to bereavement. However, it can also be caused by a change or circumstances following a divorce, accident, operation, redundancy, theft, assault and so on. The treatment of loss is dependent on the circumstances and client need.
  • Trauma and Post Trauma in response to an actual event (reactive trauma) or to something that we have witnessed or read about (vicarious trauma). Following an incident the symptoms often include flash backs, nightmares and disturbed sleep. Also we may find that we lose appetite, or over eat, smoke or drink more and develop heightened emotions of weeping and anger. When symptoms persist beyond six weeks it is termed post traumatic stress disorder. In these cases we use desensitization techniques.
  • Phobic responses are essentially irrational, though very real when we experience them. They be caused by traumatic events or learned behaviours and may go back to childhood. In most cases we use desensitization techniques.
  • Anxiety is normally created by the person inside the person. In nearly all cases anxiety comes from the person projecting forward and imagining future events, that may never happen and living as though they were happening right now. In all cases therapy is designed to allow the client to be here now, and not in a supposed future.
  • Panic may be the result of anxiety, though it may be the result of actual events that are currently taking place. A panic attack, is often associated with events, people, places, and feelings. The experience of a panic attack is individual and people often describe a different set of physical and emotional feelings that for them are a panic attack. Therapy is dependent on the form of the panic attack.
  • Depression, can have many courses. Generally depressions comes about when Someone keeps ruminating on past unresolved events. These may go back to early childhood and often seem unresolvable. Depression is diagnosed as either clinical depression this is when there is a chemical imbalance in the brain and requires medication. If it is reactive depression, following a trauma or loss, medication may be required alongside psychotherapy. Some time depression can be the result of repressed anger, or frustration and in many cases is due to someone simply not doing what they need to do with their life. In these cases coaching is most effective.

For more information or to make an appointment contact me now.

REMEMBER: Your first session is always free of charge – no obligation

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