What is Counselling?
Counselling aims to offer a safe place where you can talk about aspects of your life or issues that trouble you.
The therapeutic process can help you to challenge patterns of behaviour in your life and relationships that are no longer useful. As a result of this you may find it easier to make new and informed choices.
Making that first step
It can sometimes be very difficult to decide whether Counselling is right for you. Therefore, it is often the case that clients feel nervous or anxious before the first meeting. It is very important that you find a Counsellor that you feel you can work with and most important, one that you feel you can trust.
I always suggest an Initial Assessment consultation so that we can meet, to agree on whether we can work together.
Our first meeting/session is your Initial Consultation.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on what issues you bring to Counselling. Some people have very specific issues and find that short-term Counselling is appropriate. Others may have more general concerns which may require a longer timescale.
What can Counselling help with?
In the past clients have come to me for Counselling for many different reasons and below I have listed just some of them:
- Compulsive behaviour
- Lack of confidence, low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness
- Self harm
- Stress and stress related illness
- Relationship difficulties, conflicts at work or in the home
- Past or present trauma, including sexual, or emotional abuse
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Loss, for example loss of a relationship or employment
- Bullying or being mentally or physically abused
How Confidential is it?
I provide a safe and confidential environment where we can work together, to explore issues more freely than you may be able to with your family or friends.
Everything we discuss is confidential
All counsellors are required to be in ongoing supervision for their work as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Therefore I meet regularly with a colleague to discuss my work with clients. I do not use clients’ names and my supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics.