What Is Counselling?
It might be good to start answering this question by saying what it is not. If you’ve never attended counselling, you might hold a couple of misconceptions about what happens during sessions.
Counselling is not about giving you advice on how you should live your life – friends and family already do enough of that! As you’ve probably experienced, simply being told what to do doesn’t bring about a long lasting change in how you feel. Likewise, counselling is not about simply giving you a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear. If simply sitting, nodding and giving you reasurrance worked, training to be a counsellor wouldn’t take so long!
Counselling is about you
Counselling is about giving you what you need in order to feel better about your life and be more in control of your future.
Sometimes, this involves giving you the space to share honestly and release the pressure to hold up the façade that everything is okay. Other times, what is needed is to help you identify the real source of your negative emotions, so you can find ways to tackle them. At times, I might challenge your views and beliefs to help you to consider the events of your life in a different light.
As a counsellor, I am an impartial listener that can see your life, thoughts and emotions from a 3rd person perspective. From this point of view, I can help you identify the negative patterns and beliefs that are keeping you stuck.
Counselling is about change and healing
I have no other agenda than to help you to feel better and to look forward to your life every day.
With the right support, you can identify your strengths and how you can use them to bring about necessary change. This could be a change in your relationships, behaviour or your thinking. My goal is to help you heal from the hurts and challenges you have faced in the past. With some time, you can remove the barriers that keep you from living a fulfilling and connected life.
As well as offering face-to-face appointments, I also offer the possibility to engage in counselling via online sessions.
Online counselling is just as effective. Many people find it more convenient as they don’t need to travel for sessions. It also gives you more freedom about where you have your sessions. You can choose where you feel most comfortable to talk about things that feel difficult. If you are ready to get started or you have any questions, get in touch today.