Suicidal Ideation Counselling in St Albans

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Nicola M. Richter
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
I wish you during these extraordinary times of world changes - and any other challenges - the very best for yourself and those close to you. My practice is open for in person & video sessions. I am here for you to talk about your emotional, psychological and spiritual/transpersonal and mindfulness issues. I taught at Universities and present at conferences. With 25+ years of practice I offer you a confidential space to explore your feelings and thoughts e.g. about anxiety, depression, suicide, relationships, death and dying, spiritual journey, meaning in life. I am here for you for any other issue you wish to talk about.
I wish you during these extraordinary times of world changes - and any other challenges - the very best for yourself and those close to you. My practice is open for in person & video sessions. I am here for you to talk about your emotional, psychological and spiritual/transpersonal and mindfulness issues. I taught at Universities and present at conferences. With 25+ years of practice I offer you a confidential space to explore your feelings and thoughts e.g. about anxiety, depression, suicide, relationships, death and dying, spiritual journey, meaning in life. I am here for you for any other issue you wish to talk about.
01727 750088 View 01727 750088
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Joanna Morrin
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL1
Have negative thoughts and feelings about themselves and experience low self esteem feel depressed, anxious and have suicidal feelings.
Asking for help can be difficult and contacting a therapist may feel scary. That’s why from our first contact I aim to create a safe, confidential non-judgemental space for you to explore your difficulties. Talking to a therapist offers a different perspective on how you feel and relate to others. We’ll draw on your past and present to find new ways to move forward for the best future for you. We can all get stuck reacting in ways that are not always useful to our wellbeing. Working with a psychotherapist brings insight into how we react, why we react that way, and changing negative patterns thinking, feeling and behaviour.
Have negative thoughts and feelings about themselves and experience low self esteem feel depressed, anxious and have suicidal feelings.
Asking for help can be difficult and contacting a therapist may feel scary. That’s why from our first contact I aim to create a safe, confidential non-judgemental space for you to explore your difficulties. Talking to a therapist offers a different perspective on how you feel and relate to others. We’ll draw on your past and present to find new ways to move forward for the best future for you. We can all get stuck reacting in ways that are not always useful to our wellbeing. Working with a psychotherapist brings insight into how we react, why we react that way, and changing negative patterns thinking, feeling and behaviour.
01727 227289 View 01727 227289
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Ross Mallinson
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL3
I work with adults of any age, race, religious group or gender. My clients have been quite varied. My ideal client is someone who has something that they need to talk about.
I work with adults of any age, race, religious group or gender. My clients have been quite varied. My ideal client is someone who has something that they need to talk about.
01727 221431 View 01727 221431
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Rachel Milroy
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
People seek therapy when they are dissatisfied or unhappy and feel that it is possible to make changes but this is very difficult alone. Psychotherapy is a particular type of conversation exploring thoughts, feelings and relationships. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to think about what is troubling in a safe setting to understand and improve relationships, both with ourselves and others. My thinking and approach places relationships at the heart of experience. When patterns in relationships can be understood we can feel liberated to change.
People seek therapy when they are dissatisfied or unhappy and feel that it is possible to make changes but this is very difficult alone. Psychotherapy is a particular type of conversation exploring thoughts, feelings and relationships. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to think about what is troubling in a safe setting to understand and improve relationships, both with ourselves and others. My thinking and approach places relationships at the heart of experience. When patterns in relationships can be understood we can feel liberated to change.
01952 780151 View 01952 780151
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Nicky Kantura
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem? Have you experienced a loss or maybe feel that life is too much? I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor who specialises in supporting mums. I also have experience of working with other adults from different walks of life. I'm here to help you on your journey to work on areas of your life you are finding challenging. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, providing you with empathy and respect.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem? Have you experienced a loss or maybe feel that life is too much? I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor who specialises in supporting mums. I also have experience of working with other adults from different walks of life. I'm here to help you on your journey to work on areas of your life you are finding challenging. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, providing you with empathy and respect.
01727 634414 View 01727 634414
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Jennifer Kabelis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
Are you feeling the weight of a mental health struggle? Is the burden of work or the demands of daily life becoming too much to bear? You don't have to face these hardships alone. If you’re contending with anxiety or depression, reeling from the impact of a traumatic experience, wrestling with relationship issues, or navigating the delicate process of grief, there is hope and help available.
Are you feeling the weight of a mental health struggle? Is the burden of work or the demands of daily life becoming too much to bear? You don't have to face these hardships alone. If you’re contending with anxiety or depression, reeling from the impact of a traumatic experience, wrestling with relationship issues, or navigating the delicate process of grief, there is hope and help available.
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Harrie Wilson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
Therapy is one time when it is all about you. Your experiences, your feelings. When things feel difficult – whether or not you know the reasons why, therapy can really help. How? At the heart of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. When your therapist offers you space to think and to feel, uninterrupted and without judgement, you can start to make more sense of things, together. So it’s important to find a good connection. There are many types of therapist – it’s not necessarily sensible shoes and long silences.
Therapy is one time when it is all about you. Your experiences, your feelings. When things feel difficult – whether or not you know the reasons why, therapy can really help. How? At the heart of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. When your therapist offers you space to think and to feel, uninterrupted and without judgement, you can start to make more sense of things, together. So it’s important to find a good connection. There are many types of therapist – it’s not necessarily sensible shoes and long silences.
01727 638227 View 01727 638227
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Sue Adams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL4
Taking the step to ask for help is often the hardest thing we do. I think as adults we feel as if we "should be able to cope" or "others have it harder" and that in some way needing help or someone to talk to in difficult times is showing a weakness. We invest time and money in keeping our bodies in shape and while that is the vehicle that gets us through our life we need to care for our other parts too. Our emotions and our relationships constantly need recognition and yet we only seek help when we reach a crisis point. So whether you are at a crisis point or struggling with anxiety, depression or a bereavement I am here to help.
Taking the step to ask for help is often the hardest thing we do. I think as adults we feel as if we "should be able to cope" or "others have it harder" and that in some way needing help or someone to talk to in difficult times is showing a weakness. We invest time and money in keeping our bodies in shape and while that is the vehicle that gets us through our life we need to care for our other parts too. Our emotions and our relationships constantly need recognition and yet we only seek help when we reach a crisis point. So whether you are at a crisis point or struggling with anxiety, depression or a bereavement I am here to help.
01727 733176 View 01727 733176
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Dr Lorna Shelfer
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
I am an experienced senior psychologist, with a warm, welcoming and compassionate style. If you are an adult struggling with your emotional wellbeing I can give you the safe and supportive space that you need to work through trauma, life transitions, low mood, anxiety and much more. I am a parent of a neurodiverse child who can support you to navigate the emotional rollercoaster that an unexpected life can be. Psychological therapy with me can help you make sense of the experiences you are having, and come to an understanding about how to move forwards towards a way of being that is meaningful and of value to you.
I am an experienced senior psychologist, with a warm, welcoming and compassionate style. If you are an adult struggling with your emotional wellbeing I can give you the safe and supportive space that you need to work through trauma, life transitions, low mood, anxiety and much more. I am a parent of a neurodiverse child who can support you to navigate the emotional rollercoaster that an unexpected life can be. Psychological therapy with me can help you make sense of the experiences you are having, and come to an understanding about how to move forwards towards a way of being that is meaningful and of value to you.
01548 802279 View 01548 802279
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Nicki Raffo
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
I offer therapy to adults, young people, and couples. Counselling can help when we feel stuck, lost and overwhelmed and can’t find a way to make sense of those difficult feelings on our own. Speaking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member can help you to see a problem from a different perspective, without judgement or bias. You may be struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress, anger or loss. Perhaps you'd like to find the mental tools to help give you greater resilience and confidence. Or you could be looking for ways to manage conflict and improve communication within your personal relationships.
I offer therapy to adults, young people, and couples. Counselling can help when we feel stuck, lost and overwhelmed and can’t find a way to make sense of those difficult feelings on our own. Speaking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member can help you to see a problem from a different perspective, without judgement or bias. You may be struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress, anger or loss. Perhaps you'd like to find the mental tools to help give you greater resilience and confidence. Or you could be looking for ways to manage conflict and improve communication within your personal relationships.
01727 223772 View 01727 223772
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Amy Engleman
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
St Albans AL4
Are you upset and overwhelmed by relationships, work situations, family issues? That sense of panic and over thinking where your body feels stressed & the anxiety rockets? Did something happen that you have not shared with anyone, or feel nobody ‘gets it’? Has it felt too big & yet needs sorting and resolving? It’s understandable to feel frustrated, anxious or angry. Dealing with those feelings while maintaining a family, job & ‘a busy life’ can feel like hard work. “There needs to be more to life” & “It needs to be better than this “ are often said. To feel free from the past, to build a confidence in yourself.
Are you upset and overwhelmed by relationships, work situations, family issues? That sense of panic and over thinking where your body feels stressed & the anxiety rockets? Did something happen that you have not shared with anyone, or feel nobody ‘gets it’? Has it felt too big & yet needs sorting and resolving? It’s understandable to feel frustrated, anxious or angry. Dealing with those feelings while maintaining a family, job & ‘a busy life’ can feel like hard work. “There needs to be more to life” & “It needs to be better than this “ are often said. To feel free from the past, to build a confidence in yourself.
01727 638148 View 01727 638148
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Lisa Claire Rodger
Psychotherapist, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
St Albans AL3
We all experience challenges and difficult times in our lives. During these times it can feel as if nobody understands us or knows what we are going through. This can feel isolating and lonely. But you are not alone. As a qualified and experienced therapist, I can provide a safe space where together we can explore what is troubling you and make sense of it - giving you the time and space to reflect on your needs. I can help you to recognise what strengthens you and what weakens you, enabling you to make positive choices to ensure these needs are met in the future.
We all experience challenges and difficult times in our lives. During these times it can feel as if nobody understands us or knows what we are going through. This can feel isolating and lonely. But you are not alone. As a qualified and experienced therapist, I can provide a safe space where together we can explore what is troubling you and make sense of it - giving you the time and space to reflect on your needs. I can help you to recognise what strengthens you and what weakens you, enabling you to make positive choices to ensure these needs are met in the future.
01727 648574 View 01727 648574
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Juliet Grace
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
Most of us want a sense of purpose, need meaning, and strive for balance and peace in our lives. My clients are often working through difficult and knotty issues which can evoke confusion, sadness and shame. If you are thinking about therapy you may be feeling sad, lost, confused, anxious, angry, depressed or overwhelmed. Or you may want to take a step back, reassess your life and start to live it differently. Whatever your situation I will work with you to help you reach an accommodation and understanding which helps you to move forwards with your life in a positive way.
Most of us want a sense of purpose, need meaning, and strive for balance and peace in our lives. My clients are often working through difficult and knotty issues which can evoke confusion, sadness and shame. If you are thinking about therapy you may be feeling sad, lost, confused, anxious, angry, depressed or overwhelmed. Or you may want to take a step back, reassess your life and start to live it differently. Whatever your situation I will work with you to help you reach an accommodation and understanding which helps you to move forwards with your life in a positive way.
01727 638128 View 01727 638128
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Jonathan Eddie
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
My name is Jonathan Eddie. I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer individual and couples counselling in central St Albans and online.
My name is Jonathan Eddie. I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer individual and couples counselling in central St Albans and online.
01727 649252 View 01727 649252
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Sue Pallenberg
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL2
Hello, I have been working as a psychotherapist for 35 years, helping people to overcome problems when they are feeling overwhelmed, confused, perhaps depressed and anxious, struggling with relationships, or whatever difficulties life has thrown at them. As a Psychotherapist I can work with you in a unique and individual way that best suits your needs. I offer a safe and reliable therapeutic relationship in which to explore your presenting problems in a comfortable and confidential environment. I am also offering telephone, Skype or Zoom Sessions.
Hello, I have been working as a psychotherapist for 35 years, helping people to overcome problems when they are feeling overwhelmed, confused, perhaps depressed and anxious, struggling with relationships, or whatever difficulties life has thrown at them. As a Psychotherapist I can work with you in a unique and individual way that best suits your needs. I offer a safe and reliable therapeutic relationship in which to explore your presenting problems in a comfortable and confidential environment. I am also offering telephone, Skype or Zoom Sessions.
01727 875212 View 01727 875212
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Christina Johnson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL3
Waitlist for new clients
I work with people who are navigating life’s ups and downs. Perhaps you’re managing change or feeling stuck, finding relationships difficult and wondering why, or you may be struggling with loss. Or maybe you don’t know what you’re feeling but you know something isn’t quite right.
I work with people who are navigating life’s ups and downs. Perhaps you’re managing change or feeling stuck, finding relationships difficult and wondering why, or you may be struggling with loss. Or maybe you don’t know what you’re feeling but you know something isn’t quite right.
01727 634556 View 01727 634556
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Monica Kelly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL4
If you are suffering from relationship difficulties, rootlessness, or just feeling stuck, I may be able to help. I provide a caring and compassionate space with the aim of helping you find more effective ways to resolve issues and concerns that are negatively impacting your life. Distressing, painful feelings in the present might have their origins in the past, and the person experiencing these feelings might or might not be aware of this link. Psychodynamic counselling aids individuals in discovering these hidden links, which will allow him or her greater freedom of thought and action.
If you are suffering from relationship difficulties, rootlessness, or just feeling stuck, I may be able to help. I provide a caring and compassionate space with the aim of helping you find more effective ways to resolve issues and concerns that are negatively impacting your life. Distressing, painful feelings in the present might have their origins in the past, and the person experiencing these feelings might or might not be aware of this link. Psychodynamic counselling aids individuals in discovering these hidden links, which will allow him or her greater freedom of thought and action.
01582 377646 View 01582 377646
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Vanessa Maier
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
Whether you're seeking improved wellbeing, better tools to cope with stress, anxiety or depression, experiencing burnout or just ready to explore some changes that could bring you closer to the life you want to be living, Vanessa can support you in this process. Using an integrative approach resulting from over 6 years experience within various mental health settings, Vanessa now works with individuals experiencing both common and complex mental health difficulties. She has experience in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Creative methods and is trained in Process Oriented Psychotherapy.
Whether you're seeking improved wellbeing, better tools to cope with stress, anxiety or depression, experiencing burnout or just ready to explore some changes that could bring you closer to the life you want to be living, Vanessa can support you in this process. Using an integrative approach resulting from over 6 years experience within various mental health settings, Vanessa now works with individuals experiencing both common and complex mental health difficulties. She has experience in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Creative methods and is trained in Process Oriented Psychotherapy.
020 3962 0425 View 020 3962 0425
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Dr Stephanie Louw
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL1
Thank you for visiting. Seeking support can be daunting, especially when feeling vulnerable and with so many therapists to choose from. The clients I see, seek therapy for a variety of reasons, including experiencing anxiety, low mood, intrusive thoughts, obsessions, fluctuating emotions, substance or relationship issues and PTSD. I believe these difficulties often arise from things that have happened to us, causing us emotional pain, trauma or loss. I collaborate with clients to understand and unpick these patterns, empowering them to forge a new path aligned with their goals, restoring a sense of safety, control, and wellness.
Thank you for visiting. Seeking support can be daunting, especially when feeling vulnerable and with so many therapists to choose from. The clients I see, seek therapy for a variety of reasons, including experiencing anxiety, low mood, intrusive thoughts, obsessions, fluctuating emotions, substance or relationship issues and PTSD. I believe these difficulties often arise from things that have happened to us, causing us emotional pain, trauma or loss. I collaborate with clients to understand and unpick these patterns, empowering them to forge a new path aligned with their goals, restoring a sense of safety, control, and wellness.
01727 649784 View 01727 649784
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Dr Vaan Livermore-Hardy
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1
I have worked in mental health for over 30 years and been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for over 20 years with experience in both the public and private sectors. I am experienced in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families across a wide range of psychological difficulties and have undertaken specific training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including; Schema therapy, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. We can work together to find what approach will work best for you.
I have worked in mental health for over 30 years and been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for over 20 years with experience in both the public and private sectors. I am experienced in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families across a wide range of psychological difficulties and have undertaken specific training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including; Schema therapy, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. We can work together to find what approach will work best for you.
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Suicidal Ideation Counsellors

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioural therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioural, dialectical behaviour, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.