What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy. It is a process. It isn’t a 'quick fix'. Counselling offers an opportunity to talk in confidence about problems or issues that concern you. It is a therapeutic approach that seeks to help you to explore and understand current or past difficulties. With the help of your counsellor you will ultimately get a better understanding of yourself.
Through building a trusting counselling relationship you will feel enabled to find a greater understanding of yourself and your relationships with other people and the impact this all has on your life. My role as your Counsellor, will be to listen to you carefully and without judgement. I will not give you direct advice but will encourage you to help yourself by identifying your own strengths and work out different ways of coping and managing yourself.
Counselling has changed over the years and there is now flexibility with a range of different counselling formats. These are:
Face - Face
This is when you make an appointment with a counsellor to see them in person. Face-to-face sessions are one of the more popular therapy formats because they provide an opportunity for you to react to any emotions that arise there and then. This has become a little more difficult due to COVID-19 but I abide by the government regulations which means I work within a safe distance and clean environment.
This is a relatively new way of utilising a counselling service. There may be restrictions on you not being able to leave your home or perhaps you prefer not to physically speak to a counsellor at all. This form of counselling allows you have your session within the comfort of your own home.
Telephone counselling offers a helpful alternative to face-to-face counselling. This involves talking to your counsellor over the phone instead of in person. This form of counselling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions or perhaps struggle to engage with facing others directly.