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 anyone can seek when they are experiencing difficulty in life, with emotions, with mental health or in relationships. Counselling is also suitable for anyone who wishes to gain a clearer understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world around them, or to explore how they are affected by 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
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. Current research shows a strong correlation between continually high levels of unprocessed stress and disease in the human body.
Daily life can seem like an uphill struggle and become even more chaotic & cluttered if we are weighed down with the burden of our issues. Making an hour a week for counselling can be a step towards learning to make more space for you and help to navigate life more effectively.
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 enquires you may have before coming 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 brief 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.