How does counselling help?
It’s an opportunity to stand back and reflect on your life. You may want to focus on a particular problem such as feeling anxious all the time, or getting very low and depressed, or just angry with everyone.
You might want to think about something that happened in the past – or why you keep doing the same things over and over again.
Or you may wish to look more generally at where you’re going in life – what you’re content with and what you’d like to change.
How does it work?
I just listen to whatever you’d like to say, without judging and without giving you advice or telling you what to do. Being listened to is very powerful, and helps you reflect more objectively. I can then help you to see a problem more clearly, and support you in thinking through how you want to tackle it.
How long does it last?
Some people bring a specific, current problem and find that just a few sessions are sufficient. I work a lot with people who come for just 6 weeks.
Other people want to achieve deeper change, and they come to counselling for longer – it’s up to you.
What happens to start?
If you would like to try counselling, then we would meet for one session initially, and talk about whatever is troubling you at the moment, and where you’d like to get to. This introductory session would last up to an hour and a half, and there is no obligation to continue afterwards. It will help us both decide whether counselling is appropriate for you, and if we’d like to continue working together.
If you would like to continue with counselling, then we either agree to meet for a short series of sessions, or possibly for a longer period of time if that seems right.
Counselling is a regular commitment. We would meet for 50 minutes at the same time every week.
I work with a range of problems – see more about these under ‘My Approach‘.