Counselling can be helpful for lots of reasons and having someone who is trained to listen and who will try to see it from your perspective can be very beneficial. A counsellor is not there to offer advice but to help you look at the issues you have or the situation you are in. Counselling gives you the time and space to consider your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive environment. This may then lead to a better understanding of the situation and what you are thinking and feeling and therefore what, if anything, you would like to do.
Clients have told me how useful they have found the counselling as it means they can speak to someone who is impartial - not a member of their family or a friend - and therefore they can say what they think and feel without upsetting or worrying anyone. However, it isn’t always easy speaking to a relative stranger which is why it is really important to get on with your counsellor and to feel you can trust them. If this isn’t there then the counselling will not work. In order for us to see if you feel comfortable working with me we would meet for an initial session. This will give you the chance to meet me, for me to find out what has brought you to counselling and for us to decide if counselling is right for you.
Counselling can be short-term or long-term. Some clients have found that once their original counselling has finished they have wanted to come back for a few more sessions. Either to carry on looking at various issues within their life or because something has happened that they would like to look at. One client said she felt she was coming back for her ‘emotional MOT’.
Counselling can help with
Trust and intimacy issues
Stress related issues
Feeling overwhelmed and
everything is getting on top of you
Work related issues
Bereavement and loss
Living with a chronic illness
Living with or recovering from cancer
Dealing with low self-confidence or low self-esteem