Counselling is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people a chance to change how they feel and to like better. It provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings in an environment that is safe and free from intrusion, it is also confidential.
A person may come to counselling because of difficult experiences they have been through, such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy. Or they may want help dealing with feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety or low self worth that doesn't seem to be connected to any particular event.
Counselling can also help you overcome mental health problems, such as depression or an eating disorder. even if you are already getting other kinds of help from a GP or psychiatrist. It can also help you come to terms with an ongoing physical problem, illness or disability. Counselling can also be a means of coping with physical symptoms or complaints that doctors can't alleviate. If your GP can't find a physical cause for your problems you may want to look further to see whether there is a psychological side to your symptoms.
It is a fact of life that from time to time all of us face difficult decisions or have experiences which we find hard to make sense of or deal with. At these times we can feel vulnerable or powerless.
At such times it can be very helpful to discuss and explore options with someone who is not involved in the situation and who can bring an independent outlook and help you to consider things from different perspectives. When you are considering what your needs are from a counsellor or therapist to think of counselling as a place to talk, to offload emotionally and feel accepted, supported, encouraged. A time and place for you to focus on whatever difficulties you have at this time in your life, with a skilled and non-judgemental listener. This process of talking and being profoundly heard, accepted and respected, is thought to be the necessary and sufficient condition for you to deal with issues which trouble you in the present, and to gain a greater understanding of yourself. To develop insight and self awareness and understanding of your relationships.
My approach to counselling is based on the Humanistic theory, person centred counselling.
What this means is that you will have the time you need to explain what is going on, and I will do my best to understand what it is like to be in your situation, to help you clarify what you want, and the options available to you, and to assist you in achieving your goals.
Whilst there are some problems which require longer term help, I frequently see clients for only one or two sessions and I have other clients who see me for one off sessions every now and again when something crops up in their lives. Counselling in this instance can be seen as either short term or open ended. You can agree a set number of sessions with me. An initial 6-12 sessions is common. The counselling relationship is a supportive place to use as a resource, a supportive relationship you can return to, as and when you feel the need.
Whilst retaining all the features of counselling, Psychotherpay may be a longer term relationship in which problems arising from childhood are discussed. As a therapist I may be more active in this process and provide a relationship in which you can resolve issues from the past including the difficult of making meaningful relationships in the present.