Aims of counselling:
It offers a safe and reflective space for us to begin to make sense of the chaos and worry that we find ourselves in.
It enables us to explore, in depth, what is troubling us and discover what the underlying issues may be.
It encourages us to take an honest look at our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be preventing us from moving forward.
It helps us to find ways of changing these overwhelming emotions in a way that will take us to a safer and more secure place, where we all want to be.
It is a chance for us to understand and learn about ourselves so that we can take control of and responsibility for our lives. In doing so, we find purpose and meaning again in a way that compliments our true selves.
Using the skills, training and experience I have gained, I enable the client to work through this process in a respectful, supportive and impartial manner.
If you have more questions or feel a little anxious about what to expect in counselling then please contact me and I will be happy to discuss this in more detail.
"Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources.
The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others." - BACP
Counselling provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings in an environment that is dependable, free from intrusion and confidential. A counsellor should respect your viewpoint while helping you to deal with specific problems, cope with crisis, improve your relationships, or develop better ways of living.
Despite the name, counsellors don’t usually offer advice. Instead, they help you to gain insight into your feelings and behaviour and to change your behaviour, if necessary. They do this by listening to what you have to say and commenting on it from their particular professional perspective.
The word ‘counselling’ covers a broad spectrum, from someone who is highly trained to someone who uses counselling skills (listening, reflecting back what you say, or clarifying) as part of another role, such as nursing. We use the term here to mean a talking therapy delivered by a trained professional.
Sessions usually take place once a week. Making this regular commitment gives you a better chance of finding out why you are having difficulties.
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