What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe, impartial and confidential space to explore your thoughts and feelings. Talking to a counsellor in a confidential setting can help you understand what is making you feel a certain way. Counselling can help you gain new perspectives about yourself and support you in resolving your difficulties, as well as helping you find new ways of coping with a greater sense of control and choice in your life.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured and safe way. Psychotherapy can help you identify the defences and coping mechanisms you created in childhood, and whether those structures are still relevant and helpful today. It can help heal your deepest wounds and leave you feeling free to reach your true potential.
Is Counselling Confidential?
Confidentiality is paramount within counselling, as a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the ethical framework. All records are strictly confidential and are kept securely. If you have any queries about any aspect of confidentiality and/or record-keeping please feel free to ask.
Initial Assessment Session
The first session is an assessment session and provides you with an opportunity to discuss issues you wish to explore and what you hope to achieve from counselling. It will also help you get a sense of what therapy with me will be like. There is no obligation to proceed following the assessment. You may want to see me for a specific issue that you may feel requires only a set number of sessions, or you may want to leave it open-ended - either way we will review after an agreed period to see where you are and go from there.
What Happens in The Counselling Session?
I attentively listen with sensitivity and help you to explore and understand the difficulties and then help you to develop your resources to cope with them. At the end of a set number of counselling sessions, there is usually a better understanding of how to cope with existing and future difficulties. Attending sessions each week may bring up a number of difficult experiences. To get the most out of counselling it is important that you try to attend each week.