Counselling involves one person (the counsellor) helping another person (the client) to work through some difficult or painful emotional behavioural or relationship problem or difficulty. This is called individual counselling.
The world we live in is quick, busy and changing and sometimes it is hard for us to cope with those changes. They can come on us all at once and we find we haven't always got the time to sit and assess what is slowly becoming a problem or a burden. We may have a relationship problem or issues of bullying in the workplace.
Sometimes it is hard to talk about things to friends and family. We feel we just don't want to burden them or it is difficult to find a slot where we can sit down and offload. This is when counselling can be a really useful option.
People choose counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. It may be difficult to tell a love one or a friend that they are feeling anxious or depressed.
This is the time we agree to meet and look at what has brought you to therapy. This would be led by you to discuss whatever you feel is the cause of your problem. I will work with you to help you look at your issues and together we would identify the right manageable course of action for you. I will not tell you what to do but help you to find out the right way forward for yourself. We will look at how we can help you to understand your self and your needs better to help you achieve a more fulfilled life.
I work in a Person Centred way, this model allows me the freedom to tailor the therapy to each individuals needs.
The first session would be a good opportunity for you to get to know me and see if you feel we could build a good trusting working relationship. If you do not think I am the person who can help you, as there are many alternative therapies available, if necessary, I would encourage and guide you to find the right help. It is a good thing to have an idea on the different approaches to find out what you feel would work well for you and we could discuss these at your initial visit.