IS COUNSELLING FOR YOU?
Counselling is a cooperative process between counsellor and client - balance in the therapeutic relationship is vital for the development of trust, honesty and resilience. Through focused reflection and exploration, self-awareness and growth can emerge in relation to issues that are negatively impacting the client's well-being, relationships and quality of life.
Talking with friends and family can be helpful but the emotional intimacy that a client has with these people can sometimes make it difficult to share deeply personal thoughts, feelings and experiences, particularly when life feels overwhelming and you are struggling to cope. Counselling presents a unique opportunity to share and work through these thoughts, feelings and experiences in a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential space with a trained professional. Counselling does not set out to be advisory. In the end, you the client, are the expert on yourself - long lasting resolutions can only come from you. The counsellor will be there alongside on the path to support you develop the insights necessary to resolve your own difficulties.
Bravery in the Face of Adversity
Undertaking therapy can be a challenging step for anyone and it is a normal human reaction to feel a little worried or anxious when first approaching counselling. However, it may help you to release emotional baggage from your past and/or present, helping you to move forward with a sense of purpose and control in your own life. To willingly face sometimes deep-seated discomfort is both brave and essential on the journey towards living in a positive and meaningful way.
Please be assured, as an Integrative Counsellor I am able to engage with a variety of techniques to support you on your counselling journey. Person -Centred Therapy (PCT) is the guiding foundation to my practice, emphasising an empathic, non-judgemental and exploratory approach that gives the client the time, space and opportunity for reflection in a safe and focused way. I can also draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Mindfulness to work with interactions between thoughts, feelings and actions that can trap us in negative patterns of behaviour. Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)and other creative tools are also used to support clients to re-engage with emotions and the present moment.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, setting up an initial discussion will give you the opportunity to outline why you are interested and what you'd like to achieve. You can ask any questions you may have and take the time to assess if I seem like the right person for you to work with.