What to expect from counselling
During your counselling sessions, I will encourage you to express your feelings and emotions. By discussing your concerns with you, I can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.
How counselling can help
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. I am there to support you and respect your views. I won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into, and understanding of, your problems.
Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with my help and support, you should gradually start to feel better.
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
Counselling can help you with
Counselling can help you to
cope with a loss or bereavement or relationship breakdown
cope with redundancy or work-related stress
explore issues such as sexual identity
deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions
deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things
understand yourself and your problems better
feel more confident
develop a better understanding of other people's points of view
Couple Counselling is more complex and demanding than counselling individuals, and requires specialised training, skills and experience that not all counsellors possess. A good couple counsellor does not take sides, or apportion blame, but helps the couple communicate more effectively and gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties and complexities of their relationship. Couple counselling can also help with a range of sexual problems.