As the author Scott Peck wrote in his book ‘The Road Less Travelled’, “Life is difficult”. Yes, it can be. And sometimes we could do with a little help in coping with multiple pressures. That is where counselling comes in.
Counselling is a way of talking through problems you are having in your life, for example, the death of a loved one, anxiety, fears, phobias or relationship issues.
It provides a safe place for you to share your concerns and reflect on what is happening in your life with someone who does not judge but shows compassion and understanding.
The benefit is that you will gain a better understanding of how you think, feel and behave, as well as finding your own solutions to the issues you raised.
All sessions are totally confidential unless you are in danger of hurting yourself or others or if you disclose the name of someone who is harming someone under the age of 18. You call the shots and remain in counselling only as long as you wish to.
Sessions normally last around an hour and you will be put at ease from the first session.
Counselling deals with issues in the present moment and attempts to clarify what you need in life. It is a positive psychology approach based on the belief that we are all intrinsically good people who have the power to make our own decisions. It recognises that we can improve our lives if we accept responsibility for the needs that are currently unfulfilled in our lives. Instead of focusing on where we have gone wrong, humanistic therapy focuses on our positive attributes and on promoting or developing healthy behaviours. As good, powerful and creative people, we can learn to see ourselves in a positive light and become more responsive, capable and successful in resolving problems.
This type of therapy is non-directive, which means that I am not going to push you or tell you what to do. I listen to you, provide a sounding board and help you to realise how you have the power to make the changes that are required to improve your life. I will encourage you to accept responsibility for meeting your needs because when you do this, you will discover solutions that you were unaware of prior to therapy.