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 takes notes on a clipboard. Most counselling could not be further removed from this image.
I offer Person Centred counselling, an approach which allows the client the freedom to explore the issues which feel most relevant to them now, in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. At times in our lives, we can all 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 feelings and the issues which are causing them and find a way through – a bridge to better place. As a Person Centred counsellor , I am not here to tell you what to do. I respect you as the expert in your life. My role is to get alongside you, to actively listen and understand how you are feeling. My aim is to enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings, so you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the situations which brought you to counselling. Through this understanding comes clarity and empowerment to move forward.
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 sad, stressed and struggling with relationship issues, 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 1st 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.