Counselling explores issues that are troubling you, in order to help you better cope with difficult circumstances, emotions or thoughts. This might include talking about past or present life events, relationships, feelings or ways of thinking. Doing this in a supportive and confidential environment helps you find your own resources and make choices and changes in your life, or know yourself in more depth.
Counselling is effective working with a wide range of issues, including:
- Depression, uncontrollable weeping or finding it hard to go on
- Stress, anxiety or panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Trauma, including coping with flashbacks or abuse
- Bereavement and grief
- Feeling empty, or that life is without meaning
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Addiction to substances, gambling, sex and love, food
As a Counsellor, I don’t give advice or make judgements about how to change things, but help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools that help you to resolve them on your own.
Counselling can take time, as often it is necessary to explore unconscious feelings and attitudes. For example, you may feel anxious or depressed but not know why those feelings are so often present or overwhelming. Counselling is a journey and can take anything from a few weeks to several years. I can work with you for as long as it takes.
How we work together depends on the issues you want to explore. Normally we meet weekly at a regular time for just under an hour, either face to face or using Skype. The first session is spent exploring what you want to use counselling for, your history and any impact this has on you. If you decide counselling will help you, we spend five more sessions exploring your issues, reviewing our work together at the end of that period. At that point we may decide to continue in an open ended fashion until you feel your journey is done.
It is normal to feel anxious about beginning counselling and most clients find this settles after a few sessions. The journey after that is different for everyone, but commonly people experience positive feelings after a few sessions, often because they have ‘cleared the air’. There may then be a dip in mood as real changes can be slow to come, but gradually this lifts over a longer period as those changes begin to take shape.
Contact me now to see if working with me as a Counsellor could be beneficial for you. You can send an email via this site or call on 07515759587.