How can counselling help?
Counselling helps you to explore and deal with issues which are preventing you from living your life fully. Counselling helps you to gain awareness and insight in to your problems that are causing conflict within you and in your relationships with others. The problems may be in the past or in the present. If you are feeling that life is a struggle or that you are frustrated that you are not reaching your full potential, then counselling can help you address these issues.
Person Centred Counselling
The Person Centred approach is based on the principle that people have an inherent capacity to move forward towards becoming fully functioning human beings. It is based on the belief that we all have the resources within us to make changes to our lives, or resolve crises and work through perfectly natural thoughts, feelings and reactions to situations we struggle with.
In practice, I will therefore trust you to explore your issues at your own pace and depth and follow your agenda by listening to what is important and meaningful to you and highlight what I notice. Through our safe, therapeutic relationship, I hope to foster insight, understanding and comfort so that you can appreciate yourself. I will do this without judgement and without directing you according to my agenda and will trust the decisions you make for the future you choose for yourself.
What to Expect
Starting counselling can be a daunting prospect especially if this is your first time. I have outlined below what you can expect, however, feel free to ask me any questions at any stage.
It is important you feel comfortable and happy to share your personal thoughts and feelings with whoever you choose.
- You can contact me via telephone or email.
- Please leave me a message on my voicemail if I am unable to answer your call immediately. I will call/email you back within 24 hours. I will call you when I'm in a quiet, confidential place. Do let me know when is best for me to return your call and if you are happy for me to leave a message on your voicemail.
- Research shows that the relationship with the therapist is the most important factor in client improvement. If you think you may want to begin counselling with me, we can initially have a brief, no-obligation talk on the phone to see how comfortable you feel talking to me. This also gives me a chance to find out what’s troubling you and see if I might be able to help. It is not necessary for you to tell me everything about yourself at this stage. This can be discussed at our first meeting. The time and date of our first session can then be arranged. Some people prefer to book a session straightaway. This is ok too.
- At the first meeting we will have an opportunity to see if we can work together. This session and all subsequent ones will be confidential. I will take some details about you, what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from counselling. We may conclude that you need some other type of help.
- If you decide to proceed with counselling, we would meet for an agreed number of sessions, after which we’d jointly assess progress and decide whether further sessions are required. Our work can be for a limited period or open-ended, depending on your needs.
- Sessions last for 50 minutes, usually on the same day and at the same time each week.
- It’s important to understand that counselling is not a quick fix, nor is it passive on the part of the client. Commitment is required from you to attend your sessions regularly.