What counselling is and how it can help you
What is counselling?
You might have an image in your mind of lying on a couch and talking about your childhood whilst a therapist silently scribbles notes on a clipboard. Most counselling could not be further removed from this image.
Many people go through periods of feeling distressed, trapped or overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings. In times like these, it can be a real struggle to make sense of your experiences and to work out how to cope. Counselling can empower you to look at your experiences in a way that allows you to find a path through. In essence, it is a relationship in which you can feel safe to explore and express what is troubling you without being judged. Your therapist is like a fellow traveller on your journey, helping you make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to untangle your issues. The clarity and insights gained through this exploration can enable you to make positive changes in your life.
Some of the common benefits clients can gain through counselling are:
- less anxiety and stress
- a greater sense of hope and direction
- more self-confidence and motivation
- relief from distressing emotions, low mood and depression
- greater resilience and healthier ways of coping with difficulties
- more satisfying relationships with others
- better sleep and improved general health
- enhanced self-awareness
To find out about how I work as a counsellor and how this could help you, take a look at the About Me page.
Is counselling for 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 problems. 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 the 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 is appropriate, may offer you a referral to other types of support more aligned with 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.