What is Counselling?
Counselling provides you with an opportunity to explore yourself and your presenting issues in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential way. The process can foster growth and lead to positive changes in your life. Common to the beliefs of many, it is not about advice giving. Therapists are not the experts of your life – you are – and the process is about helping to empower you to take charge and begin to accept yourself. You decide which issues concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you explore. The aim of counselling is to help you to talk about a difficulty and discover a way forward which is right for you.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.
Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your thoughts, feelings and significant events in your life observing how they might be affecting the present. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop or find suitable ways of coping and is usually a longer-term intervention.
Are your needs being met?
We are all born knowing what our needs are. As babies we indicate to others what we want – food, warmth, a cuddle – but as we grow that inner guidance can get muffled. We learn to keep our feelings private in case we are judged or rejected, and we feel selfish for putting ourselves first.
We run around trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations! We feel tangled up, burned out, confused, frustrated, conflicted, anxious, depressed, guilty, and maybe even resort to self-medicating ourselves just to switch off.
How can therapy help?
Through the process of therapy, you can learn to really listen to your needs and wants, separate out any negative or unhelpful ideas keeping you from your goals, and begin the process of real self-acceptance. It’s not always an easy or linear process but the results are incredibly rewarding and potentially life-changing.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions will last for 50-mins at agreed intervals. It is politely requested that you provide at least 24-hours notice if you wish to cancel, otherwise you will be charged in full.
Everything discussed during sessions will remain confidential and not shared with anyone else. I receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with BACP requirements to ensure my effective casework management, however you will remain anonymous in my discussions.
General Data Protection Regulation (changes from the Data Protection Act 1998)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that you understand the nature of the data I collect about you. I have produced a summary document which you will be required to sign and return if we choose to work together. You can find and download the document here GDPR Statement.