Acknowledging that you may need to discuss difficulties can be a very daunting task and taking the first step to contacting someone, is a brave step on a journey that can ultimately provide much relief and be very rewarding.
I work together with you to help you find ways in which to navigate and manage those issues, as well as exploring how they may have arisen over time.
You may want short term counselling, in order to deal with a specific issue, or longer term therapy to fully explore how to make the changes that you want.
Embarking on the journey of exploration and self-discovery, of sharing your experiences in the presence of someone else in a safe, confidential space may be one of the most worthwhile and life-changing things you can do.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
How counselling can help:
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
Counselling can help you:
cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
cope with redundancy or work-related stress
explore issues such as ill health, aging, or loss of identity
deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions
deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things
understand yourself and your problems better
feel more confident
develop a better understanding of other people's points of view
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
What to expect from counselling
During your counselling sessions, you'll be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions. By discussing your concerns with you, I am able to then help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems.
It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.