What is Counselling?
There are times in our lives where we may come up against difficulties which we struggle to deal with on our own, or with help from our friends and families. Sometimes, we want to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of ourselves. Counselling offers you the space to explore and to gain clarity. It can also provide you with coping mechanisms. As a humanistic counsellor, I believe that deep down, you have the answers and solutions to your questions and problems. My role, therefore, is to work alongside you, to create a safe and supportive environment, where you are able to find and trust them. Counselling is about working towards positive change and fulfilling your true potential.
If you are new to counselling, it can be helpful to have a bit of an idea of what to expect. I currently offer one-to-one online video appointments and telephone counselling.
I’ll go into the differences between the two but they will both begin the same way, with an initial, low cost consultation session.
Whether online or by phone, this session will be up to 30 minutes long and is a chance for us to meet and get a feel for if we might be a good fit working together. On my side, it is important that I feel I have the adequate training to work with the issues you’re bringing. If I feel as if this isn’t the case, I will support you in finding a therapist with training in the area required. If you feel I’m not the right fit for you, I’m also happy to support you in finding another counsellor to work with.
If we do decide that we are a good fit, we will then book you in for a full 50 minute session. The number of sessions you can have is up to you and the depth of exploration you are looking to do. If there’s a limit to the number of sessions you can have, we will tailor the work in line with this.
If you want to work online, we will also meet on a weekly basis via an online platform. I prefer to use Whereby as it’s very secure. If you’d rather work by phone, we’ll schedule calls on a weekly basis.
We will review our work together at regular intervals so that we make sure we are working towards the aims you outlined at the start of therapy.
What To Expect From Counselling
- A non-judgemental space to work through your issues.
- To work towards gaining a greater understanding of yourself, your situation and your relationships.
- Learn useful coping mechanisms.
- Gain more self-confidence and a greater trust in yourself.
Issues Counselling Can Help With
- Low self esteem
- Mental health
- Existential questions