What is Counselling and how can it help?

Your vision will become clearer only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes
— Carl Jung

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a place to explore our thoughts, feelings and emotions. A chance to explore our life direction. An opportunity to pause and understand where we are and what is happening in our lives right now. It is a place to explore past and present events or traumas and a space to speak out loud thoughts that had previously been unspeakable.

What brings people to Counselling?

  • A traumatic life event

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Grief and loss

  • Stress - at work or at home

  • OCD - Obsessive Compulsive disorder

  • ADHD - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • PTSD - Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • A feeling that something is wrong in ones life, but no idea what has caused it or how to get out of the dark place.

Areas I have a specific interest in.

I have a specific in the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Time limited & solution Focused treatment

  • Issues effecting men

  • Dyslexia

  • Students and young people

  • Confidence and self esteem issues

What next?

If counselling is something that you would like to explore please send me a message and we can arrange a free 20 minute consultation where you can ask any questions that you may have. The next step is to arrange our first session. Here I will ask you your reason for coming to Counselling alone with brief background of family, relationships and other significant/key life events. In our first session we will agree the following:-

  • Focus of treatment - this is not set in stone, but rather a guide or direction of travel.

  • Contract for an initial number of sessions - normally around six to eight.

  • Reviews - a chance to check in and see how the sessions are going.

  • Confidentiality - I explain what this means and what is included and excluded from this.

  • Payment details - method and cancellation policy.

  • Time and date - normally same time and day each week, but this can also be reviewed and changed if required.

As a Counsellor working full time for the NHS, I am experienced at assessing your needs and helping you make choices about what service or treatment option may be right for you at this time. If we decide not to work together, that an alternative treatment option might be more effective, then I will help you navigate the services out there to find the best next step for you.