How can counselling help?
Counselling is a process which helps you to develop a awareness and understanding of yourself, your struggles, emotions, strengths and joys; so that you can make positive choices for your future. This is done through talking and / or using creative methods. I provide a safe place for you to work through your difficulties without judgement. Therapy can have a long lasting positive impact on your day to day life. See ‘What I Can Help With‘ for some of the things I help clients deal with.
Do I or my Child need counselling?
No matter what our age, we can all experience difficult times and these don’t need to be because of any particular trauma. We all face challenges and stresses in life, and while we may be able to work through some of these, listening and some extra support in a therapy setting can help.
By coming to counselling you are giving yourself an opportunity to be listened to, develop your awareness of yourself and your ability to cope with the difficulties you are facing today or may do in the future.
I don’t think I can come to counselling
It can be very difficult for us to open up about the stresses of our lives or to admit when we cannot cope. Counselling provides a safe and confidential place for you to talk as openly as you wish about how you feel and be listened to with empathy and without judgement. Your choice in this is very important and therefore you control how you use counselling. However I will also encourage you to look beyond your comforts at times to allow you the opportunity to learn more about yourself.
What happens when I contact you?
When you contact me first, we will have a brief conversation about what is happening for you to make sure I can provide the right service for you. I will explain therapy briefly, take some contact information and arrange a first appointment. I offer weekly appointments and a limited numbers of fortnightly appointments, usually at the same time each week.
What will our sessions be like?
In the first session, we will talk further about the counselling process, confidentiality and how I use your information, my role and your role in this process. We will talk in more detail about what you are going through, and what you would like to see change.
Each session after this will involve activities (talking or creative activities) that center around processing your difficulties and moving towards the changes you wish for. We will review progress approximately every 4-6 sessions, to assess how close we are to our goals or if they have been met and look at the ending process.
Please see my Contact page for details on how to contact me and locations available.