Counselling (often also referred to as therapy, psychotherapy, or talking therapies) gives a space to explore personal and relational problems. My belief is that it largely works on the idea that a problem shared is a problem halved. However, sometimes the sharing is more effective if done separately, away from the rest of life. This allows difficult, sensitive and even taboo subjects to be explored. The counsellor’s role is not to make any judgement, but to confidentially aid the exploration.
For an individual, what will usually result is personal change. This may mean overcoming unwanted behaviours, compulsions or obsessions, undue levels of feelings and emotions like anxiety, phobias or depression, or intrusive thoughts and habits due to past adversity such as loss, trauma or abuse. Counselling allows new perspectives to form which can enable personal change. Click here for more information on individual counselling.
Counselling can also assist with relationships, whether as a couple or otherwise. The focus here is more on how the relationship works in terms of improving communications. There is potential for personal change in each person, enabling new ways of both expressing oneself and hearing each other. This extends into how to resolve shared problems such as work-life imbalance, sexual issues, parenting, or even deciding whether to continue the relationship at all. Click here for more information on couples or joint counselling.
Whether considering counselling individually or together, it offers a space to explore difficult issues. Click here for more information on the types of issues where counselling can help. What I offer is firmly based in person-centred counselling. Click here for further details of person-centred and other types of counselling, or click here to contact me and ask any questions.