What is counselling?
Some things are hard to face or talk about. We may feel we are stuck in an uncomfortable place. Sometimes we can’t seem to move past a difficult experience and feel we should be doing better; perhaps we have a sense that all is not well, but we are not sure why ... and sometimes we wish we could make someone understand how we are feeling.
Counselling is a talking therapy which allows people to discuss problems and difficult feelings in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people; usually people come to counselling when they want to change something in their lives or explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. Counselling offers an opportunity to talk about your difficulties without fear of being judged; by building a trusting relationship with a counsellor, you will be able to work together towards a new, healthier way of being.
As a counsellor it is not my role to tell you what to do. Instead I will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. I will work with you to create a plan of action to help you reconcile your issues or find new ways of coping. I will approach our work together with hope and optimism and will help you to develop a positive, hopeful mindset.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling further. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to a partner or family member about very personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. I can support clients dealing with a range of issues including:
Stress, anxiety and panic attacks
Grief, loss and bereavement
Self esteem and confidence
Relationship difficulties, loneliness and social isolation
Trauma and the emotional impact of childhood abuse
Self-harm and eating difficulties