Questions and Answers
- How does counselling help?
- When will things improve?
- Will I be told what to talk about?
- How long will it take?
- Is counselling confidential?
- Do I need to be referred from my GP?
Counselling is a place where you can talk about the difficulties in your life and identify where you are stuck. It is a non-judgemental space where all feelings and issues can be aired in safety and worked through. Therapy helps us find our inner strengths and get going once again. It is a journey of self-awareness which uncovers fresh energy and new directions.
This will depend on a number of factors including the reason you came to therapy and your readiness for change. I will facilitate exploration of your needs, the challenges you experience and how they impact on your world. Reflecting on painful feelings can be very challenging and also very rewarding – a catalyst for new beginnings. This tends to provide more self awareness and will offer you choices to consider other ways of being which may ultimately encourage change.
No. What you tell me is up to you entirely. The counselling session is your time and space and you may decide what to talk about each week. I will not give advice, but will listen with empathy. You are the expert in your world. I will however help you to make sense of your thoughts, behaviours and feelings to find your own solutions to your challenges. Sometimes the conversation will flow, sometimes there may be silence.
Occasionally I may suggest working in a non-verbal way, with pen and paper, for example, or by focusing attention on what you are feeling in your body.
Counselling can be for an agreed number of sessions or can be open ended. The number of sessions or the length of time people attend counselling varies from person to person. It depends on you, what you need and find beneficial. Counselling sometimes involves dealing with painful issues or memories and this has to be done at the clients own pace.
Confidentially is a core element of counselling. All personal information is treated in the strictest confidence. In a first session I clearly explain about the occasions when confidentiality might be broken and will answer any questions you may have.
While I do take referrals from G.P.’s and other medical and non-medical professionals you can self refer to me directly.