Sheila Lauchlan - Counselling and Psychotherapy


Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching and Supervision in Cobham Surrey for Individuals, Couples and Families

Sheila Lauchlan BA MSc
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Relationship/Family Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Based in Cobham, Surrey


"Change is not something we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they are meant to be." Anon

I am Sheila Lauchlan, a Relationship/Family Psychotherapist and Counsellor based in Cobham, Surrey, which is within easy reach of Leatherhead, Epsom, Weybridge and Walton upon Thames, Horsley and Esher, as well as other towns in Surrey. This type of therapy has its roots in family psychotherapy and counselling, but nowadays the therapy is used in a very flexible way to work with individuals, couples and families. I have experience in working with all age groups, including adolescents. The work can be short term and focused, or if the issues are more complex it can take longer.

When people experience difficulties in their lives, this often affects their relationships, and so as a relationship psychotherapist and counsellor I focus on communication patterns and how these patterns create repetitive cycles, which are familiar but difficult to break. Once the patterns are identified, it is possible to create new solutions to life's dilemmas, and new patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I believe that everyone has the resources to solve their problems, but sometimes these resources get overwhelmed.

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Mark Twain

Where appropriate I incorporate CBT techniques. I also use EMDR to unblock trauma reactions which have never been processed. I have found this method to be particularly useful in resolving birth traumas. Difficult births can affect relationships and so I often include couple counselling with this work. This method is widely used within the NHS, and the research provides evidenced based practice. I have also found that Mindfulness is very effective in treating anxiety

I work with a wide range of issues, again looking at the relationship people have to their problem.

All areas of Mental Health

  • Traumas: bereavement, loss, violence, abuse and sexual abuse
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Self harm, phobias and obsessions
  • Self esteem issues: eating and appearance disorders, social withdrawal
  • Depression and wishing to die
  • Emotional Issues, eg anxieties, panic, fears, phobias and anger
  • Stress and Managing Change

    Family Issues

  • Becoming a family: having children, step family adjustments
  • Family breakdown: separation from loved ones and contact arrangements
  • Couple relationship difficulties

    Making and Sustaining Friendships

    School Problems

  • Fitting in, refusal and bullying

    Sexual Development

  • Sexual orientation and development issues

    Employment Isues

  • Harassment, competence and working with others
    Career Development

    and many more dilemmas in relationship to self, others and the culture in which we live.

    I also provide supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

    If you would like to find out more about me, please click onto psychotherapy and counselling page.

    My counselling/therapy practice is based in Cobham, Surrey. Towns nearby are Oxshott, Claygate, Epsom, Ashstead, Leatherhead, Headley, East Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Fetcham, West Byfleet, Weybridge, Hersham, Walton upon Thames, Esher, Hampton Court and Molesey. There is parking available. Cobham is easily accessible by car from Junction 10 on the M25 or from the A3. I am a 5 minute walk from Cobham and Stoke D'Abernon Station.

    Thank you for visiting my website. If these ideas about counselling/psychotherapy interest you, and you would like more information, please ring me on 01932 866171 or e-mail me by clicking the link on the contents list. I am available for appointments at my consulting room in Cobham, close to Leatherhead, Epsom, Weybridge and Walton upon Thames, and other areas of Surrey.

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