What is counselling?
Everybody has the right to personal fulfilment but many of us are held back by fear, negative thoughts or a sense of duty. From teenagers with exam stress right through to grandparents accepting the physical changes as they become less able bodied, all of these issues can seem better when you have space to talk about them.
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 calm environment. A counsellor listens without judgment, allowing you space for reflection, helping you to consider your own best course of action.
What should I expect?
I offer an approach which looks at you holistically, not just your present problems but your family background, your current challenges and your whole lifestyle. I use methods which have been successful in the many directions of my own life and those of my clients, and will never suggest that you try something which I was not willing to try for myself.
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 of your difficulties. 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. Little that you can say will shock me and, more importantly, I am not here to make any judgment about decisions you have made or the situation you find yourself in. 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 have 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 meeting you can decide if you wish to continue and have a think about what you would like to get from our time 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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