What Is Counselling?
Counselling offers you a safe place to talk and be heard. It is about taking a reflective journey with the counsellor alongside you, with the aim of enhancing your life by making sense of what has happened to you or where things are going wrong for you.
It is a collaborative process that can help you to move from a place in which you are struggling with certain elements of your life to a place where your life is closer to being the best it can be for you.
How Can I Tell Who Will Be The Right Counsellor For Me?
Not every style or counselling approach suits everyone. One size does not fit all.
Research proves a good relationship between the client and counsellor creates a safe, trusting environment. This is the single most important element for therapy to be successful. I am always happy to offer an initial one off appointment for you to see if I am the right person for you to work with.
Who Has Counselling?
Anyone. There isn’t a type, gender or age of person; the main thing is having the motivation to look inside yourself, with the support of your counsellor, to better understand your thoughts, feelings and responses.
A recent survey found over 25% of the population had used counselling to successfully help them cope with their difficulties.
As an Integrative Counsellor I primarily draw on Person Centred and Psychodynamic theories. At times I will also call on elements of other theories if they seem to be of use to you.
Person Centred Theory
Person Centred Theory is based on the belief that everyone has the potential and desire within them to make the right choices for themselves.
I will be alongside you to provide a safe, accepting and empathic space for you to explore your situation and begin to understand the way you feel about yourself in the here and now.
Psychodynamic Theory is based on the principle that we have an internal world, created by our early life experiences, that influence how we feel, think and respond. We are aware of some of these factors but a lot of it is buried deep within us.
I will help you to recognise and understand patterns that recur in your life by supporting you to bring unconscious responses into your conscious mind in a supportive environment. In understanding your own responses you can begin to decide whether to follow your old patterns or choose a different approach.