Counselling helps you to move forward with your life and aims to help you gain perspective on what is troubling you. It provides you with neutral, safe and confidential space to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.
Counselling allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things and who has no other agenda than a genuine desire to help you. As a counselor I am is specifically trained to work with people who are struggling with a psychological or emotional difficulty and understand that this can sometimes be frightening and lonely. I work to understand you from your point of view and to see the world through your eyes. I also look beyond the presenting problem to possible underlying causes.
The central aim of counselling is to support you to understand or make sense of these and as a result, ease or change your relationship to the personal pain you are experiencing. We work to change your beliefs, thinking and behaviour to that which is more productive for you.
Counselling is an interactive process that enables you to look at many aspects of your life, relationships and yourself that you may not have considered before or been able to face. Together we identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential and what action you might need to take to change your situation.
Choosing the Right Counsellor
You are choosing to seek help and are free to choose the right counsellor and the right type of therapy for you. One sign of a good counsellor is that they will be happy to talk you about the type(s) of therapy they practice (jargon free) and discuss how this might work with your problem. There should be no aura of mystery or vagueness.
My counselling approach is predominantly influenced by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Once we have sufficiently addressed your emotional problems, you may decide that you want to work towards some personal objectives, and if so, CBT and/or coaching are ideal ways to do this.