Counselling could be for you if you are looking for someone to listen to you, without judging you, as you explore your concerns and worries in a safe place. I would encourage you to visit more than one therapist before committing to any therapeutic relationship and I would advise you to look for a counsellor that is a member of BACP or UKCP as a minimum. Not all counsellors have the same level of training and you can ask questions about their counselling experience, their approach and if you don’t feel you get the right answers, then that counsellor isn’t the right one for you. The same goes for relationship counselling (couples counselling), you should both feel that the therapist ‘fits’ with you and you feel comfortable. I offer short term and open ended long term counselling support.
The idea is that you feel secure in the relationship enabling you to begin to explore your experience of life and begin to reconnect to the person you feel you really are. It may have been safer to adapt yourself to cope with difficult events in life but now is the time to find and develop the real you.
Some people talk about 'getting therapy', 'counselling'. 'seeing a psychotherapists' and you may wonder if there is a difference.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are more similar than they may be different and 'therapy' probably covers both. I offer a counselling service. It is a talking therapy. My training is in Integrative Counselling which means I have done training in lots of approaches which I can use to match individuals during our work. If we are stuck on an issue, I can offer various approaches which include CBT, art therapy and psychodynamic, that may resolve the difficulty by using alternative methods. These methods may involve doing some artwork or a visualisation. I suggest these ways but if you don't feel comfortable then I won't force it on you.
Generally people will feel an improvement in their relationships, feel more confident and be able to take more risks in their personal lives to achieve their goals with the help of counselling.
Counselling is often called a 'talking therapy' and during the sessions I will listen accurately to your concerns in a supporting, accepting and non-judgemental way. We can set a focus for the work for a short term contract and speficially look at a limited issue in your life. Alternatively, some clients bring a particular concern and then wish to look at the wider picture. I can offer support while you chose your path and during our work we will regularly review where we are on that path.
You can call me on 07531 555 878 for an appointment. If I can't get to the phone, I will call you back as soon as I can.