What is Counselling?
How does it differ from Therapy?
How could counselling help you?
Counselling and therapy for individuals in a safe, comfortable and private setting.
By the time you have decided to look for a counsellor, you will have a strong sense of what is troubling you, but not necessarily how to make changes or what changes need to be made.
It can be daunting to take the first step into counselling. Life can be challenging and you may have got used to feeling this way for some time.
Stress, anxiety or low mood are things we talk about so much, particularly at the current time, that it is easy to lose sight of how uncomfortable they can feel. Perhaps you are so used to experiencing this that you don't believe that you can feel different.
I don't believe that it is helpful to look at symptoms. By looking at the underlying issues, you can find a different way of experiencing life.
You do not need to know what the issue is to get help and move forward. If you feel:
Low or depressed
Unsure where to turn
Overwhelmed by an experience or by life generally
I offer a safe, confidential, warm and respectful place for you to talk about and explore your needs.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
Speak in Confidence
It is very important that you feel safe before sharing experiences and feelings that make you feel uncomfortable or afraid.
Confidentiality is paramount. I will discuss this with you as soon as we meet and answer all of your questions. Unless you feel safe, you will not be able to talk about what is really troubling you.
What is counselling?
How does it differ from therapy?
Counselling tends to focus on short term issues. Maybe there is a particular problem experience you want to focus on.
Therapy is longer term work that looks more deeply into your experiences and what influences and motivates you today.
It may prove to be helpful with long-standing issues or exploring why certain difficulties, such as repeated relationship difficulties, or self-defeating behaviour occur.
How I Work
I see counselling as a collaborative process. You are the expert in your life, experiences and feelings.
I provide a space and my skills, training and experience to enable you to look at yourself in a new way and engage with the world in a way that is more positive and freeing.
I have an integrative approach which means that I can use skills and techniques specific to your needs and wishes.
Frequently asked questions
How long will I need to have counselling for?
I offer open ended sessions so we can agree on ending and work towards it together.
How much do you charge and what is your availability?
Will everything I say be kept confidential?
I can offer you the space to explore what is really going on for you without pressure to explain or do anything that you do not feel comfortable with. Together we can create an understanding of how these problems have arisen, how to tackle them and how to avoid them in the future.
Confidentiality is at the core of all of my work so anything that you tell me will be absolutely safe.