Counselling is a type of talking therapy which is particularly useful if you want to explore your feelings or make sense of your experiences. For that reason, people often find counselling useful when coping with loss, relationship problems, or a breakup. It can be a great opportunity to learn more about yourself. Counselling is not about giving you advice or telling you what to do; rather it provides a safe and regular space for you to talk about and explore difficult feelings. It is an effective method of personal development. Most of the individuals I work with have approximately 6 – 12 weekly counselling sessions.
My work as a counsellor is based on a ‘pluralistic” approach which assumes that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds ‘the’ answer. Therefore, my counselling interventions are tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances, drawing on a range of theories including person-centred, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioural models.
I see counselling as a process that helps people make choices or reach decisions about how to handle their concerns. You will be encouraged to talk about what is troubling you and I will listen to what you have to say. The aim of counselling is to help you become clearer about both the extent and the effect of the problems/issues you bring and to help you recognise possible solutions – ones that will work for you.
Part of the counselling work will involve you considering what you are thinking, feeling, and doing (or not doing), and how thoughts, emotions, and behaviour all interact together.
Usually, making links with your past is helpful for understanding current difficulties or patterns of relating to yourself and others.
It is not unusual to be challenged in the process in a supportive way in order to increase your self-awareness.
Counselling is not a substitute for medical advice or psychiatric diagnosis/care.