What is counselling?

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.

Counselling falls under the category of ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do – instead they will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.

Talking therapies such as counselling are used to help come to terms with any problems that are faced, with an ultimate aim of overcoming them.

How long is a session?

Each counselling/therapy session lasts 50 minutes.

What happens in the first session?

This is an opportunity for you to outline the reasons that you are seeking help now, and to discuss any concerns you have about the counselling process. You will also be able to decide whether counselling is right for you, and to discuss this with me. Once we have agreed a way forward, further sessions will then be booked at dates and times to suit you.

How often can I attend sessions?

Each person is looking to get something unique to them from coming to counselling so the length of time you will spend resolving your issues will be up to you. Usually I will offer a guide as to whether what you want to achieve will require short or long-term work, and I will discuss the available options with you.

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