Introduction to Counselling – here I talk about the benefits of counselling and what patients can expect from counselling sessions with me:
Introduction to Counselling Video Extract:
I would like to take this opportunity to just say a little bit about how counselling works and the kind of issues that people might bring to a counselling session.
What is counselling?
I would describe Counselling as a confidential helping relationship. Counselling is a form of therapy that helps when you are going through emotional difficulties, and feeling overwhelmed by issues that you might be facing in your life at that moment.
Counselling is about having someone that really listens – something that in today’s society seems to be quiet rare. Someone who really listening to your thoughts and understanding some of your most closely guarded feelings, and helping you explore your problems in a safe confidential environment and in a totally non judgmental way.
Counselling is not about telling someone what to do, because that would create a dependency. However I will be able to help you, and facilitate your own skills in finding ways to sort things out for yourself.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to have two people examine your life, teaching you how to become the “passive observer of your own life” giving you the ability to be able to see the old triggers and patterns and to help you stop reacting to situations in the same old way, which inevitably ends up with you feeling very stressed and creating lots of anxiety.
I work with individuals or couples.
When working with couples we will be looking at how communication works within the relationship particularly focusing on assumptions and expectations.
Counselling / Psychotherapy therapies could mean learning how to communicate with others in a more productive way and also improving relationships, it could mean learning to take care of yourself in a better way, by living a more balanced life.
I am an accredited bereavement counselor and have worked extensively with those facing loss and change.
Counselling is about self development, its about you, about working with you to understand and work though the many issues that affect us from time to time. Helping you to rediscover who you are and come to self acceptance.
Its about you becoming better at learning to cope with your and emotions feelings.
On our journey we will work towards building greater self confidence and self esteem.
My clients come to me by self referral, you don’t need a GP referral and I work with many employee assist programs.
I am an accredited BACP member and I am a recognised provider of counselling and psychotherapy to the leading private health care provider in the UK and a member of their mental health and wellbeing network.