Welcome to On Track Life Skills - a service based near Alfreton for people in and around Derby, Ripley, Matlock, Chesterfield, Mansfield and Nottingham.
“What we have been, and what we wish to be, determines the work we do now.”
Life doesn’t always run smoothly. Either present difficulties or unresolved issues from the past can be very unsettling.
Taking advantage of the confidential, personal space offered by a professional counsellor can help you overcome the problems that have arisen.
Our consulting rooms are in a quiet area near Alfreton, on the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border, 5 minutes from the M1. There you will receive an empathic response to your difficulties as you explore them with a psychotherapist who will come alongside you to help you deal effectively with the issues you bring. We are within half an hour’s drive of e.g. Derby, Belper, Matlock, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Ripley and Nottingham.
Although it is generally best for client and therapist to meet face to face, in many cases it is also possible for counselling to be conducted over the telephone. If for any reason you would find it difficult to come to us, please feel free to ask about this when you call.We appreciate that just thinking about seeking counselling can feel quite daunting, whether for individuals or for couples. We want to assure you that you will be treated with total confidentiality by a professionally qualified and experienced practitioner.
Counselling / Psychotherapy
Many issues come into the counselling room:
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
These are often not problems to be taken lightly. If they are not properly attended to, they can produce a damaging effect at home and at work. They can push life into unhelpful places, cause loss of direction and purpose, and lead to co-dependency, addictions and relationship problems.
- Addiction / Alcoholism
Feeling that you need to look at issues around your consumption of alcohol does not mean you are an alcoholic. Addiction is the result of a process, and a lot is known now about the neuroscience behind the changes which can ultimately happen in the brain. Whether you just want reassurance that your consumption is acceptable, are concerned about bingeing, or are finding that you need to drink to feel “normal”, counselling can help you put things straight. This is one of our specialist areas.
- Online Sex / Pornography
Using online sex sites is an activity an increasing number of people find themselves drawn into. They may feel ashamed about it, but find it hard to stop; it may start having a damaging effect on their relationships; it can even lead to criminality. This is another chain counselling can help you break.
- Childhood Abuse
can lead to a wide variety of problems in adulthood, but these can be overcome, or at least mitigated, by appropriate therapy. This is another of our areas of specialisation.
- Transgender / Gender Dysphoria
For many trans people difficulty finding acceptance, love and respect are undeniably forces that propel them into therapy. It is my aim at all times to provide a non-judgemental, safe and professional environment in which to start or continue your journey to the True Self. I have included below a letter from one of my clients which I feel represents our work together.
Traditionally this was largely carried out face-to-face, through words and actions. Now electronic communications have given abusers far greater scope, which, because of their physical absence, makes it feel more difficult to respond to. Strategies for coping, however, can be developed.
- Negative effects of events such as bereavement, redundancy, broken relationships, retirement or other loss
A whole variety of things provide the foundations on which we build our lives. If any of them collapses, or is taken away, we can feel lost, and help in restoring the familiar foundations or establishing new ones can be very important if we want to take our life forward effectively.
For further information on our counselling service, including fees, click here.
We also offer two other services: Clinical Hypnotherapy (for details of this service, click here) and spiritual direction, which we prefer to call Spiritual Accompaniment. These deal with areas of personal development which do not normally fall within the role of the counsellor.
I now also hold a Certificate in Clinical Supervision approved by the British Psychological Society, and am therefore able to offer supervision to other counsellors.
If your concern is with more existential issues, matters of personal spirituality, e.g.
- Why do I exist?
- Does believing in evolution mean I can’t believe in god?
- Is there a bigger picture, and how can I relate to it?
- Why is there so much trouble in the world?
- What difference would it make if I could incorporate spiritual understanding into my thinking?
then click here for our Personal Wholeness page, including our fees.
Our base is near Alfreton, so can be easily reached in less than half an hour from Derby, Nottingham and Chesterfield, Matlock and Mansfield, Belper and Ripley. For more information, see under Contact.
“Starting with details from my perspective: counselling showed me that in order for me to be happy I needed to be true to myself. I went to counselling because I wanted the voices in my head to stop. I also wanted to be able to hold my head up high whenever I was confronted about being Trans or effeminate, or gay, or whatever. By being true to myself all my issues of shame, guilt, anger, disappeared. Also, it was the first time I'd spoken to anyone in an official capacity and you didn't laugh at me or dismiss me as being pathetic. That was very important. I still remember your exact words after I'd finished telling my story for the first time, 'there are two of you in there and you need to decide which one you want to be.' As I said at the time , no contest, it'll always be Rosanne.
I wanted counselling to give me the strength to stand up to the many challenges I would have to face in order to be me. And that takes a lot of strength. Even now I'm still fighting against those to judge me by what they see not for who I am. And that is exhausting, which is why I needed the counselling to help teach me these things to keep me going when I'm on my own. Being Trans means that I am judged every moment of every day by people who know nothing about me or my journey, yet deem themselves experts on life, because I am outside their norm. That's what I got from counselling. To be able to take that on board, not get down from it, and to keep on living my life as I deem fit.
Remember, without your counsel, guidance, and training I firmly believe I would not be here today writing this email. Fact.”