What is Counselling?
We all experience emotional difficulties or distress during our lives: stress, anxiety, depression, loss, feeling worthless, empty, uncertain or overwhelmed. Sometimes these difficulties can be hard to deal with alone or with the help of friends or family.
Counselling offers a safe, confidential, unpressurized space in which a trained counsellor can help you explore your individual issues with warmth, empathy, acceptance and respect.
Counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do. It is about listening to you without judgement, enabling you to explore your thoughts and feelings. It is about helping you gain new perspectives about yourself and your situation. It is about helping you to resolve your difficulties, find new ways of coping or give you a greater sense of control and choice in your life.
Individual counselling sessions last for 50 minutes (couples sessions are 1 hour) and we usually meet weekly at the same time. Some people only need a few sessions; others want longer, more open-ended therapy. In the first introductory session we can discuss any questions you might have, explore what brings you to counselling and decide if it feels right to continue - the 'feel right' factor is important.