People come to counselling with awareness of their own individual background and life history. The person-centred counsellor respects this self-knowledge and does not present as the ‘expert’ by providing solutions for difficulties or offering advice and guidance to be followed.
The person-centred approach to counselling takes place within a supportive and respectful relationship, one in which you will never feel ‘judged’. My aim is to listen carefully to you and then to offer an understanding perspective on how you might have been affected by your experiences. In this way, what has happened to you is recognised and validated. This can encourage you to trust yourself more fully and help you to begin to move forward with your life. In simple terms counselling ‘helps you to help yourself’.
Issues of confidentiality and privacy in counselling are of paramount importance. Counselling sessions are confidential but there are some exceptions to this and they are concerned with safety and risk of harm. I am committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and keeping your personal information safe and secure. I will provide further information about these issues as we begin our work together.