Sometimes we find it difficult to cope with what is going on in our lives. Whilst most of the time we are able to manage, sometimes life's challenges exceed our coping resources and we can feel stuck, lost, overwhelmed or angry. We are often so busy that it can be difficult to find the time to think clearly about the problems we face in our lives or to devote enough time to our own wellbeing. It is at times like this that talking to a professional counsellor can help.
whAT HAPPENS IN COUNSELLING?
My role as an Integrative Counsellor is to enable you to explore aspects of your life and feelings by talking openly and freely. I will give you the opportunity to express difficult emotions such as anger, guilt, fear and resentment in a confidential and safe environment.
The counselling I provide is tailored to you using a variety of different approaches designed to meet your needs and concerns. The counselling process is very flexible and should you feel that something is not working for you, we can change the approach.
By offering you a different perspective, counselling can help you find solutions to your problems, which can improve your emotional and physical health.
In your first counselling session we will discuss how we can work together and get an idea of how many sessions might be required. You will have the time to talk about what has caused you to seek counselling and your expectations of counselling.
I will listen to you objectively and without judgement, leaving you free to talk about whatever is on your mind. I will not tell you what to do and instead will encourage and help you to find your own solutions to your problems.
IS COUNSELLING RIGHT FOR ME?
Your first counselling session will be an opportunity to explore whether or not counselling is right for you. You will have time to decide this, and whether or not you feel comfortable continuing with a course of counselling.
Short-term counselling is useful if you want to focus on a particular problem or are experiencing a recent and readily-identifiable problem. To make changes at a deeper level, a longer-term course of counselling might be more appropriate.
You might feel that counselling is a luxury that you can not afford. However, mental health is just as important as physical health (if not more so) and the two are very closely linked. Emotional problems can profoundly impact our physical health as well as our relationships at home and at work and should be treated with the seriousness they deserve.