What counselling is and how it can help you
What is counselling?
At times in our lives, we can find ourselves in a place where we feel ‘stuck’ or that we ‘just can’t cope’ with what life is throwing at us. Counselling can empower us to look at our thoughts and feelings and find a way through – like a boat towards a brighter horizon.
You might have an image in your mind of lying on a couch and talking about your childhood whilst a therapist silently takes notes on a clipboard. Most counselling could not be further removed from this image.
I work in a way which puts my clients’ needs at the centre of the process. I provide a non-judgemental and non-directive relationship where my clients have the freedom to explore the issues which feel most relevant to them in the here-and-now. You may choose to talk about your past, but that will be up to you. People in our lives often try to give us answers or impose their opinions when trying to help. All too often, this can become part of the problem. As your counsellor, I will not attempt to give you answers to your problems but will trust you as the expert in your life. My role is get alongside you whilst you explore your thoughts and feelings, reflecting my warm understanding of what is going on for you. This will give you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the struggles you are experiencing. The clarity this brings can enable you to find ways forward which work for you.
Can counselling help me?
You may be asking yourself, “Do I really need counselling?” or, “Isn’t it just for people with real problems?” My experience is that people come to counselling for a huge variety of reasons, from feeling stressed or stuck with what is going on in their life right through to severe anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. If you feel the need to talk to someone and are struggling to deal with issues on your own, then the likelihood is that counselling will provide you with the space and support you need .
At your first session, we will explore together your reasons for seeking counselling, your expectations and your goals. If you decide that counselling is not right for you, then you have complete freedom to choose not to continue any further. I always look to assist my clients in any way I can, and if I feel it appropriate, may offer you referrals to other types of support which may be more appropriate to your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I find that my clients often have a number of questions they are seeking answers to. Click here for my FAQ page, which I hope will provide you with what you would like to know.