Counselling is a talking therapy where you can privately discuss your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential environment without being judged.
It is an active process and can hopefully lead to increased insight into your life, relationships, and most importantly, yourself. Counselling can help you make changes as a result of these insights.
I practice the Person-Centred approach, which is non-directive and means that you are at the very heart of the counselling session. I work at your pace and ensure we work on what you (the client) would like to work on.
You will receive empathy and kindness in a safe, warm, non-judgemental space. Together we will explore your thoughts and feelings to help you gain self-awareness and greater clarity to help you move forward.
Life can be so tough at times, and this year has been particularly difficult for many people. It can be helpful to talk to someone outside of your family and to have some time just for you. Sometimes just being heard can bring such relief.
People come to counselling for many different reasons; perhaps you are experiencing a loss or bereavement, experiencing disruptive levels of anxiety, struggling in a relationship, struggling with your self-esteem, or perhaps you just need time to work on yourself and reflect.
Counselling can give you the time and space to talk these things through, as well as help to process events that may have happened in your life.
This content provided by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) covers helpful topics such as what therapy is, what it can help with, and what types of therapy there are.
You may also find this link helpful, which talks about what happens in therapy and what to expect at a first session.
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.