How does counselling help?
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting to discuss issues that you may find distressing, confusing or painful. A counsellor is trained to help you improve the situation.
Through a supportive and trusting relationship with your counsellor, counselling will offer you an opportunity to:
- Thoroughly explore and understand your situation, thought patterns, feelings and responses in order to bring about positive change.
- Get a fresh perspective on your situation that will facilitate progress.
- Identify your strengths and most effective ways of coping.
- Learn a variety of skills and techniques to help you make the right changes & choices.
The whole process gives you an opportunity for self-awareness and self-development as you are at the centre of this work.
How is counselling different from getting support from a friend or a family member?
The aim of counselling is to work towards specific goals to improve your emotional wellbeing.
A well-qualified counsellor is able to help you achieve this in a way that you feel fully accepted without being judged.
A regular weekly session time is set just to work consistently and progressively on your challenges.
Unlike with a friend or a family member you can freely discuss your diffuculties without worrying about burdening the other person.
The help that you get is professional and confidentiality is taken care of.
Frequency and number of sessions
Sessions usually take place once a week for 50 minutes. As we start working together you may choose short term counselling (6-12 sessions) or continue for a longer term, but there is no minimum commitment and you can continue as long as it feels right for you.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help with a variety of issues and you may find it useful to look at the detailed list of COMMON CONCERNS
Here are just a few examples:
Marriage and Relationship Issues (including difficult relationship with inlaws)
Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD
Bereavement and Loss
Childhood issues (including physical violence, emotional or sexual abuse) affecting the present
General dissatisfaction with life
Distressing thoughts affecting day to day life