What is Counselling?

Counselling is often referred to as a talking therapy. It provides an opportunity to examine aspects of your life and relationships in order to gain greater insight and choice and thereby explore and discover more fulfilling ways of living; using and developing your potential fully. Counselling may be short, medium or long-term depending on your needs and aspirations. Ultimately the aim of counselling is to enhance your emotional wellbeing and develop effective coping strategies. 

Counselling can help you in many ways - 

In becoming more confident, coming to terms with redundancy and unemployment, dealing with loss and bereavement, dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTSD), dealing with stress related problems, dealing with work related issues and career choices, finding meaning in your life, managing anxiety & depression, managing Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and phobias, recovering from childhood sexual abuse; the list goes on and on. If you have any questions about whether counselling can help with your particular situation please feel free to contact me by phone, text or e-mail.

What happens in a session?

Typically we will discuss and explore the issues that concern you and that are causing you difficulty at this time. We will agree the areas we will work on and review our progress regularly. It is usual to have regular weekly sessions initially although there is flexibility to suit individual circumstances. Occasionally there may be a requirement for simple tasks to be undertaken between sessions. You will never be asked to disclose things you are uncomfortable about and there is no pressure to continue if you feel the counselling is not working or if you need time out to process the work.

Counselling is most effective when there is an open, honest and trusting relationship and we will endeavour to establish and maintain this at all times in our work together.