What is counselling?
Counselling is a form of talking support which is offered in a confidential space. A counsellor will offer acceptance, honesty and understanding. Over time you may feel the relationship becomes one of trust. It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so you can talk freely and openly.
I am a 'person centred' counsellor and this means that you are at the heart of our work together. It's a bit like you being in the driving seat and me being sat beside you. I can help give you a different perspective on things.
What counselling isn't
Counselling isn't about 'fixing' you, giving you advice or telling you what you should think or do. We will work at your pace and I will support you to find your own answers, as these are likely to be the 'right' answers for you.
The beauty of counselling is that what you learn is not forgotten - like having tools in your toolbox and you can carry them with you always. You can't unlearn what you have learned, you can only continue to grow.
What happens in a counselling session?
We would arrange a mutually convenient day and time to meet. In the first session I might ask you for some contact details and what you would like to take from counselling. This is helpful to know so that I understand what you want to achieve and we always have this at the back of our minds.
The first session might be more of a 'getting to know you' time, so I can understand a little more about you and your life story. I might also reflect back to you something you have said which can be an invitation for you to consider an issue more deeply or from a different perspective. This can be useful for understanding something more clearly.
Our sessions last 50 minutes which might sound like a really long time to talk, but often the time passes quickly.