What is counselling?

 

Defining Counselling can be challenging, as it is a very subjective process and is as individual as the person seeking help and support.

 

With many different counselling models, the main commonality is, that counselling provides us with an unconditional relationship with another person who isn't related to us. That provides you with a safe and consistent space in which to explore and understand particular issues and difficulties.

 

My Philosophy

Whatever difficulty you are experiencing , my aim is  to offer you a place where you can be understood and heard, safe in the knowledge that your words and feelings will be treated with dignity and respect.

One of the main reasons for finding it difficult to talk about our feelings and emotions is the fear of being judged. My work doesn't involve judging you, it values your feelings, your experiences and most importantly you . 

I work on the premise that we are two human beings in a room, each of us with our own knowledge and expertise.

It is my belief that the core of a therapeutic relationship is a confidential and collaborative one, where I would help you achieve increased awareness and understanding of yourself and your behaviours. I offer a relationship with the intent of alleviating internal battles, helping you realise you have choices and rekindling hope.

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As individuals, we all think, feel and react in different ways to life’s problems. Using an integrative approach means I will adapt to your individual needs to produce a unique way of working suited to you.

 

Drawing on my knowledge and skills from Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theory.

 

Person-Centred

Offers a supportive, non-judgemental relationship between client and counsellor. It is based in the here and now to enable an understanding from a clients perspective. Value is placed upon the client, enabling the person to feel accepted and better understand their own feelings.

 

Psychodynamic 

Focuses on a person's unconscious thoughts and feelings, and works to bring these to the surface. Memories of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns. By helping the client to explore how the past has negatively influenced them, they may begin to recognise repeating patterns in their relationships.