Reconnect Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counsellor & Psychotherapist based in Leighton Buzzard

Welcome to Reconnect Counselling & Psychotherapy

Reconnect with yourself and those around you

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Reconnect Counselling & Psychotherapy.

A bit about me

My name is Stacy, and I am a trained psychotherapist, I am truly passionate about what I do. Every day, I have the privilege of delving into the depths of your past and present experiences to help uncover the intricate connections that shape who you are. I have a heart for those who haven't felt heard or understood and I will treat you and what you share with the utmost care.

I offer you compassion where maybe you feel you haven't received it before, or maybe you feel like you don't deserve it because that internal voice tells you you are not good enough. I can help you discover the roots of that voice, weakening its influence over you and allowing you to build a new voice that is encouraging and supportive. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, what you think and how you feel really is important to me.

The road to becoming a psychotherapist was not an easy one. For five long years, I dedicated myself to training with the counselling foundation. But that was not all - I also had to undergo personal therapy myself, immersing myself in the client seat. This first hand experience allowed me to grasp the anxiety and peculiar sensations that accompany therapy. I truly understand the importance of feeling safe and comfortable with your chosen therapist, and I strive to create that environment for you.

My passion for this profession ignited when I was just fourteen years old. I knew deep down that being a counsellor was more than just a job; it was my calling. In my early 30's, I finally took the courageous leap and embarked on a rigorous five-year training course. Successfully completing my advanced diploma, which is equivalent to a level 7 qualification..

To further solidify my credentials, I have established profiles with renowned platforms such as the counselling directory and psychology today. Moreover, I am proud to be a registered member of the BACP, which binds me to their ethical framework. I understand the importance of ongoing professional development, attending monthly supervision, and participating in regular training meetings and CPD events to stay up-to-date in my field.

I am someone who is deeply committed to helping you whether you are struggling with relationships, physical or emotional abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma or bereavement I am here for you.

Counsellor & Stacy Holland, Psychotherapist based in Leighton Buzzard
Counselling Directory
Psychology Today

What is Counselling?

Whatever you may be feeling or whatever you desire to explore, I am here to offer you a safe and supportive space where your voice will be valued and your authentic self can shine through. This is a place where you are free to express yourself without any limitations that may have held you back before. I will be here to stand by your side, offering my full support as you navigate through your emotions and experiences.

I specialise in psychodynamic therapy, which helps me to deeply understand your unconscious thoughts and feelings in order to tailor my approach accordingly. Together, we will explore the complex layers of your life. I believe our past experiences impact who we are and how we feel and experience the world as adults. I don't believe that it down to luck that some of us struggle with our mental health, I believe in there being a root, a source of trauma or difficult experiences that perhaps have not been processed quite right which can then lead to low self esteem, depression and anxiety and I aim to work with you to navigate this interconnected tapestry with compassion and understanding.

Life can prove trying and relationships can bring forth immense challenges, but you need not face these struggles alone. The space I provide is a refuge from judgment and expectations, I am genuinely caring and understanding, and I want you to feel comfortable sharing your emotions and thoughts with me as I know how strange it can feel to be sat opposite someone you don't know and have to talk about yourself for 50 minutes. Please know that I provide a safe space for you to be authentic and express yourself openly, without any judgement. I am committed to supporting and empowering you as you navigate through your experiences, helping you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and ultimately, to cultivate self-love and acceptance as you truly deserve.

Common Myths About Psychotherapy

  1. Talking about my childhood means blaming my parents - This is not true, counsellors are not looking for who to blame they are looking to understand your own unique experience and how you felt as a result as a way of helping you to understand what happened so you are able to process it and make peace with it. Talking therapy is about helping you to better your relationships, better your connection to yourself and those you care about.
  2. Counselling is a sign of weakness - Again, this is not true. Counselling offers a special kind of connection, a relationship where you can express yourself free from judgements or a fear of repercussions it is a place where you can really think about who you are, how you feel and what you want without someone offering their opinion on what they think. Counselling helps you to find your own answers and asking for help often takes great courage.
  3. Counselling is only for severe problems - People come with a wide range of difficulties, this can range from minor anxieties, relationship problems to domestic abuse, divorce, bereavement, trauma, sex, identity, sexuality. When we say there really is no issue too small we mean it, if its something that is having an impact on you then it is worth talking about.

What can counselling help with

What is counselling/psychotherapy?

There is a perception that counselling is more focused on addressing immediate crisis situations, while psychotherapy is more geared towards addressing long-term psychological issues. Moreover, it is common for psychotherapists to utilize additional methods, such as art, music, and movement therapy, in conjunction with talk therapy. The precise distinctions between counselling and psychotherapy are subject to differing viewpoints, and it may be advisable to reach out to professionals directly to gain more insight into their approaches.

Regardless of whether you opt for counselling or psychotherapy, what truly matters is selecting the right practitioner for your needs. The rapport and connection you establish with your chosen counsellor or psychotherapist can greatly impact the effectiveness of your treatment. Familiarizing yourself with the various therapy options available can also be beneficial. Counsellors and psychotherapists employ a wide range of approaches, some involving exploration of past relationships and experiences to gain understanding, while others focus on the present moment.

What are the different therapies used?

Psychological therapies are typically classified into several categories: cognitive and behavioural therapies, which concentrate on thoughts and actions; psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies, which delve into deep-seated relationship patterns formed during childhood; humanistic therapies, which prioritize personal growth in the present; arts therapies, which employ creative arts as part of the therapeutic process; and couples counselling, which assists couples in resolving their issues.

How do I know if I need counselling?

Only you have the power to truly determine if counselling or psychotherapy is what you need. However, if you find yourself drowning in the depths of despair, if the weight of each passing day feels insurmountable, then perhaps seeking professional help could be the key to unlocking a brighter future. Imagine being able to confide in someone unbiased and detached, someone who will hold your secrets in strictest confidence. This is precisely what counselling offers - a sacred space for you to delve into the labyrinth of your emotions, to untangle the knots that bind you. With the guidance of a skilled counsellor, you can acquire new coping mechanisms, enabling you to surge ahead and seize the full potential of your life.

These are currently what I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Domestic abuse, Domestic violence, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infidelity, Loss, Men's issues, Neurodiversity, Parenting, Peer relationships, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues, Abortion, Attachment disorder, Avoidant personality disorder, Bullying, Burnout, Dependent personality disorder, Depression, Emotional abuse, Family issues, Feeling sad, Hoarding, Jealousy, Loneliness, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Miscarriage, Marital and pre-marital difficulties, Perfectionism, Self-harm, Separation and divorce, Separation anxiety, Sex addiction, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Suicidal thoughts

My location

I can offer face to face, video or telephone sessions to people in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, St Albans, Luton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and beyond.

I work hard to recreate the same environment as being face to face so you will always see me in the same room and I do like to encourage my clients to do the same as I know it can be tempting to answer the door, take a phone call or put the kettle on but making the time your time that you allow for yourself without distractions can be just as important in the work we do with each other as anything else. 

Fees & availability

£55.00 per session

Additional information

Payments are to be made 48hours prior to our appointment Via bank transfer, I have a 48hr cancellation policy - sessions cancelled after this time will be chargeable.

Further information

I offer weekly sessions, usually the same day and time each week but I am aware this doesn't suit everyone with work commitments so there is room for flexibility.

I also offer both long and short term counselling. Short term is 30 sessions and long term is open ended which means there is no set end date but as and when the time feels right to you to finish the work we will work towards a gradual ending together.  

First Session

The first initial session will be for me to get to know you and what you would like help with and to explore what you would like to achieve whilst at the same time giving you the opportunity to get a feel for me since choosing the right counsellor for you is important. At the end of the session I will offer you the opportunity to book in your next appointment or for you to go away and think about it, there is no pressure to make a decision on the spot.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07805922151 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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