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About Brief Therapy

There are many myths about therapy. and one is that it lasts a long time, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Therapy should last as long as you and your therapist or counsellor think is appropriate. Some people prefer fewer sessions, some like to see their therapist for longer.

Whatever your preference, my aim is to make every session count, and to enable you to move towards your goals so that you can move on in your life. Whether we meet for a single session, a few more, or for longer-term support, is your choice. Some of the things that people consult me about are listed below:

Lifting Depression

A wide range of simple brief therapy techniques can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. The evidence shows that these techniques work extremely well for many people, even those whose depression is quite severe.

Developing Resilience

Resilience won’t make problems go away, it means the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and handle stress better. If you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, you can develop skills to become more resilient.

Managing Emotions

People often find their lives dominated by an emotion-related condition. Feeling afraid for no apparent reason; being tongue-tied or under-confident in certain situations; constant feelings of worry or pressure; irrational fears or panic attacks; mood swings and angry outbursts, for example, all respond well to brief treatment.

Separation, Loss, Bereavement

We generally associate grieving with the death of a loved one, but the pain and uncertainty of loss, and the difficult transition to a ‘new reality’, can happen in other situations too, such as divorce, job loss and or moving home.

We cannot ‘cure’ grief, but the pain and suffering can be eased with the right sort of discussion. Neither can you put a time-scale on when it will be right to ‘move on’. Sadly, loss can sometimes be made harder by the attitudes of well-meaning people around us. We all respond to loss differently, so there is no ‘one size fits all’. Therapy has to be tailored to your needs.


Anxiety affects us all at some time. Mostly we can reason with it, but occasionally we get stuck in a repetitive anxiety cycle that seems just impossible to break. Trying to understand it won’t work, we need to do something different. Brief therapy can help.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused by traumatic,l frightening or distressing events. Most people don’t suffer lasting effects – reliving the event, flashbacks, nightmares – but some do. This may be immediate or sometime after the event. PTSD can be successfully treated using Brief Therapy techniques. The most intrusive symptoms are often significantly reduced in a single session.


Many people with a phobia resign themselves to living with it, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Though sufferers often don’t believe that anything can help them, there are several proven brief therapy techniques for dealing effectively with a phobia.

Stress and resilience

Taking a solution-focused approach to building resilience will enable you to counter the negative effects and to be more resourceful in the face of challenge or high demand. ‘Stress’ used to be a taboo subject. It is now widely recognised ass a by-product of our modern lifestyle and, particularly in some jobs, unavoidable. Learning to manage stress and reduce its impact means that you become more resilient.


I have found that there are many misunderstandings about anger-management. Anger is an emotional response, so it is more useful to think of ‘managing emotions’, rather than singling out anger. Emotions are a natural and necessary part of our makeup, but though they can be difficult to control, most people can learn to quite quickly. This includes dealing with angry feelings and outbursts.


Personal wellbeing involves a number of positive decisions about how we think and how we interact with the world. Improving wellbeing means taking simple steps that enable you to find balance – physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual.

Personal Development

Is there something you want to change or improve on; a goal but don’t know where to start, or a project that has stalled? It has been said that “Life is about growth and change”; we can’t avoid change but we can decide how to use it.

Improving Relationships

Good relationships don’t happen by accident. Successful ones need maintenance and unsuccessful ones can be transformed into something more useful. A little time to reflect and discuss opens up possibilities.

Change and Transition

Is it a crisis or a crossroads? Learning how to use the times of change and transition that inevitably occur in all of our lives means the difference between personal growth and personal anguish.

Confidence and Self-Esteem

Feel better about yourself. Even the most confident people can feel under-powered at times. You may find that though generally, you feel good about yourself, there are certain situations where belief in yourself abandons you. No need to be held back by self-doubt.

How can I help?

Download my Brief Therapy Leaflet.

Contact me to set up an initial free telephone conversation to discuss your needs.

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Barry Winbolt is a Personal Consultant, brief therapist and writer. He lives in Seaford, South East England, and works with clients at his Seaford office and worldwide via Skype. He is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through his writing, training and personal consulting practice. His driving idea is to show how easy it is to improve emotional wellbeing and to sweep away the doubts and uncertainties that often prevent people from sorting out the things that trouble them.

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