Counselling is a form of talking therapy and provides you with a safe and confidential space to discuss any difficult feelings or issues that you are struggling with. It is a process where you can seek to change something in your life by looking at your problems in more depth.
A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. They will encourage you to speak about what brought you to them in order to uncover any root causes and identify your ways of thinking about your issues. You can then work together to form a plan of action of how to move past these issues or find better ways of coping on a day-to-day basis.
The type of counselling I practise is integrative which means I use various tools and techniques to discover who you are as a person to help you to understand yourself better. By being non-judgmental and providing warmth and empathy, I can help you gain insight and clarity in your life.
Counselling is a journey and it can take time and consistency for it to work effectively. For some people, a short piece of work such as 6-12 sessions may be enough for the issue you are experiencing. However, sometimes having a regular slot once a week on a long-term basis can provide vital support to someone’s life whilst trying to explore and manage difficult feelings.
As counselling can bring up some upsetting and painful emotions, it can be a difficult process to start with but this process is necessary in order to move forward with your life and eventually you should start to feel better.
To get the most from your counselling sessions you should aim to attend regularly (once a week). Some sessions may feel more helpful than others but sticking to the whole process and being committed as much as your counsellor is to you can really help bring about positive change.