Counselling offers a safe and confidential place to talk, without worrying about the effects that talking with friends and family may have.
Counselling does not offer advice, but helps you to gain greater understanding and awareness of your problems to help you resolve them.
Counselling usually requires a series of sessions to uncover and work through problems.
An initial meeting is a time, where we can discuss your hopes and expectations of counselling, what counselling might be like, and get a sense of whether we could work together. This would normally be the occasion to discuss your concerns, any symptoms, and your circumstances. If we proceed with counselling, I would explain arrangements for appointments, communicating outside appointments, confidentiality and the professional arrangement. These would then be set out in a written form.
What Conditions Can it Help?
Counselling can help with issues such as anxiety, stress and self-esteem by helping you vent your frustrations and address the causes.
Difficulties with all types of relationships can be helped by talking through the difficulties, and helping you to see other perspectives.
Illness, pain, bereavement and loss and are significant events in life which it may be difficult to talk to other people about. Counselling can provide emotional support and a place to speak openly.
Use of alcohol and recreational drugs can become problematic, and addiction therapy can help you to explore these.
Concerns related to sex or sexuality are often difficult to talk through, counselling can help you explore these in a splace.
What Benefits can be Expected?
You can gain a clearer understanding of yourself, your concerns and relationships with other people.
It may help you develop the personal tools to overcome difficulties.
It may be a place where you can talk about things that are too difficult to talk about elsewhere.