It is a place for you to be listened to without being judged; an opportunity to talk about issues that you may have been avoiding, or are finding too difficult to share with others.
Counselling offers non-judgemental support, rather than advice. This enables the individual or couple to resolve personal issues through raised self-awareness, awakening insight and instinctive knowledge, with the counsellor acting as a guide. The healing occurs through self-knowledge.
COULD THIS BE FOR ME?
Individuals come to counselling for many different reasons. There are as many reasons as individuals; some examples are bereavement and personal loss, anxiety, relationship difficulties, crisis, redundancy, retirement, change of life circumstances, addiction, stress, depression, childhood trauma and low self-esteem.
Many people come to counselling not from a problem or crisis, but through a desire for a happier, more fulfilled life. For these individuals, counselling offers a personal journey of self-discovery and self-actualisation.
Couples might come to counselling in order to resolve communication difficulties, deal with personality differences, learn how to express personal needs, and handle external pressures such as career, extended family, children and finances. Very often, counselling is a first lifeline when the relationship is on the verge of breakdown, but it can also be used by a couple seeking support or to enhance the quality and the happiness of their relationship.
Counselling can be short-term, long-term or open-ended, depending on individual needs.
The first meeting is an assessment, where we explore whether counselling would be helpful for you, and discuss how we can work together. It provides an opportunity for you to ask questions, to assess what your needs are and to think about what you would like to achieve.
If we agree to work together, we will schedule a weekly session, lasting 50 minutes for individuals and one hour for couples.
You may terminate counselling at any time. However, I encourage clients to attend at least one ‘ending’ session.