What is counselling?
Counselling is about helping you to explore the problems or issues you may be facing and to identify ways in which these can be overcome.
It’s about finding solutions that are right for you.
The counselling process is based on guided discussions, which aim to identify the causes of the issue, how the issue is affecting you, how you feel about it, the options available to you to resolve the issue and which option is best for you.
It’s about helping you to find the answers.
For many people, the issues being faced can lead to other problems such as poor sleep, weight gain or weight loss, mood swings, being irritable or feeling completely overwhelmed. The aim is to help you find solutions to these secondary problems too.
It’s about looking at all aspects of a problem, not just some of them.
The counselling process
Counselling is not a quick-fix. Even though many people feel the benefits after their first session, it may take time to address the problem effectively and to learn new skills for dealing with future issues.
It is important that you find a counsellor you can trust and feel comfortable with. This is an essential part of the counselling process. I offer an initial, no obligation, no cost 30 minute meeting where I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
In our initial meeting, I explain how we can best work together and I will highlight the confidential nature of our discussions. We will also cover items such as how long the sessions last, how many sessions may be appropriate and what fees are involved. During this first session, which normally lasts around 30 minutes, we’ll begin to explore the problems or issues you want to discuss.
Subsequent sessions last 50 minutes. In these sessions, we will continue to explore the problems and issues and begin to identify, and work on, the options available to you to resolve these. The number of sessions is determined by a combination of factors and we can discuss these fully during our initial meeting.
When to contact me
Some people contact me before a problem arises. Others get in touch as soon as they become aware of a problem and, for others, it’s when the problem has become too much to cope with on their own. Only you can decide when you are ready to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you!