What Is Counselling & Who Is It For?
In modern terms, the words counselling and (talking) therapy are often used to mean the same thing. However, it is a process that people often seek when they are experiencing difficulty in life, with emotions, with mental health or in relationships.
Counselling is suitable for anyone who wishes to gain a clearer understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world around them, to better understand thoughts, behaviours and feelings, or to explore how they are affected by current obstacles or past events.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
- Dr Seuss
My counselling model is based on person centred values - I believe that you are the expert on yourself. Therefore, I work in a client led way; exploring alongside you at your pace and with whatever you feel comfortable to bring into the session.
The counselling room is a safe and confidential space where you can feel free to discuss or express whatever you need to.
A counselling relationship is best described as a professional friendship. One where you are supported and held through a process of personal change and growth by someone who is not involved in any other part of your life.
It is a relationship that is built on mutual trust, respect and open, honest communication.
I feel that most of us in modern society regularly don’t have enough space for ourselves with family commitments and hectic work schedules. There are many issues that we can encounter in day to day life that build up stress levels and we often tend to bottle it up due to having no time or space to process and release. Making an hour a week for counselling can be a step towards resolving any issues, learning to make more space for you and help to navigate life more effectively.
“Knowing ones self comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is happening within”
- Gabor Mate
What To Expect From Your First Session
It's often difficult to know what to expect when meeting a counsellor for the first time, especially if you have not had counselling before, so I am happy to answer any questions you may have before deciding to come in.
The first time we meet will be an introductory session; an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have, discuss how you would like to work and see if you feel comfortable with me and my counselling space. I will take some basic details from you, go through my counselling agreement and briefly discuss what it is that you wish to gain from counselling, and how we might work together to achieve that. We won't be diving in deep straight away, this is more like a 'get to know each other' session which generally takes around 45 minutes.