What is Counselling

Counselling is a one to one relationship between two people who agree to meet privately and regularly for a period of time with the aim of restoring emotional well-being.  The relationship is a professional one and the boundaries and expectations are different from a friendship.  Counselling is a contracted meeting and happens at a specified time and place with the focus being entirely on the benefit of the client.

Psychotherapy enables you to discover how unconscious thoughts patterns affect current behaviour.  Perhaps reflecting on your early years and begin to identify how your past experiences influence the life choices you make now.  Acknowledging what has gone before and learning to adapt to new thought processes and behaviours provides an opportunity to explore the impact that both and current and past events are having on you allowing you to become more aware of yourself and your individual needs.

Why do people come to Counselling?

People come to counselling for many reasons; they come because they are seeing behaviours in themselves that they have not experienced before or they don’t like the way they are reacting to something in their life.

What happens when I make the first telephone call?

I will respond to your telephone call within 24 hours and offer you a free half hour initial assessment which allows you to meet me and make a decision about continuing counselling sessions.  We can then work out together if you need short or longer term sessions.

Sessions

Counselling involves talking about personal and psychological problems under the guidance of a professional counsellor.

A free initial assessment is for 30 minutes and a full session is for 50 minutes once a week.  Regular weekly sessions will help to provide a consistent framework for your progress.  We will review sessions at regular intervals to ensure we are both heading in the right direction. The amount of time needed depends on the client.  If you really do struggle with the idea of long term commitment remember that some support is better than no support at all.

You can at any point change your mind and end sessions, however keep in mind that counselling can be very challenging at times, opening up areas that might be difficult to work through.  Counselling works to gently bring about awareness in particular areas or issues that you may have overlooked or are avoiding.  Try and keep an open mind and remember that therapy is a process and processes tend to be surprising.

How do I know I can trust a counsellor?

Everything between a counsellor and a client is confidential.  I adhere to the code of ethics set out by the National Counselling Society and have regular supervision which means that I am able to take particular issues into a professional environment with the aim of formally reflecting and reviewing in a clinical way.