​What is counselling?

It is human nature to ignore some of our problems rather than to face them head on, hoping that things will get better on their own, particularly if they have an emotional impact on us.  There comes a point when we realise that we simply cannot put this off any longer, as it is impacting our lives every day. 

You might be feeling stressed or your coping mechanisms just don't seem to be working at the moment.  You have problems or are going through a change in your life which you cannot discuss with people who are close to you.  Addressing this and seeking help is a strength, not a weakness, and counselling may be your first step towards regaining control.

Counselling, sometimes called or referred to as psychotherapy, is a talking therapy which gives you the opportunity to examine your life, your relationships and family history, and your hopes for the future, in a safe and neutral environment.  A counsellor listens without judgment, allowing you space for reflection, helping you to consider your own best course of action.  

What should we expect?

At our first meeting I may ask a few more questions than during later sessions, in order to find out what you want to achieve from our time together and to explore some of the roots which have contributed to your current difficulties.  You will never be pressured to discuss things before you are ready, counselling is not always an easy journey, as with any truly honest self-exploration.  I will explain how I work, and in turn you can decide if this would work for you, with no obligation to continue if you feel uneasy in any way.                                                                                    

Your personal information is strictly confidential.  Nothing that you can say will shock me and, more importantly, I am not here to make any judgment about decisions you have made.  Most importantly it is vital that you want to try counselling for yourself, and are not here because somebody else has sent you or told you that you need to attend.

As part of my counselling training I have had to undergo personal therapy of my own, so I know what it feels like to attend a first counselling session, and can hopefully help to put you at your ease.

How long will it take? 

Our weekly meetings will be for a full hour and can either be a short focused course of 6 sessions or less, to address a particularly pressing issue, or longer term to help you to regain your balance and sense of self.  There is no limit to the number of sessions you can attend, it can be open-ended just as long as it provides you with support.  You are the one who decides when to end.

After the initial no-obligation meeting you can decide whether or not you think that we could work well together.  With time I would hope that you will experience a greater sense of balance in your life, and be able to appreciate the moment, not feeling controlled by either your emotions or the opinions of others.

 The meeting of two people is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed’            

                                                                   - Carl Jung

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