how talking helps
When we experience problems in our lives we can start to feel worse as the difficult thoughts and feelings persist and begin to interfere with our everyday life. This is made harder when we don't know what to do about it. Sometimes we can turn to family and friends for support. But we may be concerned about burdening them with our problems – especially if they are part of the situation! In this case they may not be the best ones to help. Sharing what is happening in our lives with someone who is qualified and experienced in listening effectively means that we have someone who will come alongside and work with us to gain clarity on things. Talking openly in a safe and relaxed environment is a good way to unburden ourselves and to get to grips with our private thoughts and feelings about ourselves and our lives. It can help to simply hear ourselves describe the issues, and in talking about it further we can gain new perspective and the confidence to look at and address the problems.
Issues that you may wish to bring to counselling may include: Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Therapy, Cultural issues, Depression, General counselling, Identity problems, Loss, Mental health issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal Development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sex related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues. But this list is by no means exhaustive!
What happens in the first session?
In your first session with me I will give you the chance to share your story in your own words as well as ask you some questions, in order to decide whether working together is the right choice decision. We will explore your understanding and expectations of the counselling process and try to imagine what changes you would like to see and how you imagine them happening.
WHY I BECAME A COUNSELLOR.
I decided to become a counsellor after realising that being a good listener was something that came naturally to me. It means a great deal to support those seeking to make positive changes in their lives, and I'm aways honoured to meet those who have the courage to take the first step. If you are thinking about having counselling, then this website offers you information about what counselling is and how it could help you. It tells you about the service I offer and what to do if you would like to make an appointment to see me. Thank you for taking the time to see what I have to offer.