Why have counselling?
People seek counselling for a variety of reasons. There may be an event you can pinpoint, or you may feel a sense of un-ease or un-balance. You may be feeling anxiety and unhappiness.
There are many ways in which counsellors work. But human beings are all different and therefore the therapy is tailored to you and led by you. Never think that you are beyond help or support as there will be a way to move forward and at a pace that feels right for you.
Some of the reasons people seek counselling are listed here but this list is by no means complete as there are many variations.
- Family and relationship difficulties
- Coping with loss be it from bereavement, separation, loss of job, illness or other major life-changing circumstances
- A feeling of not reaching your potential
- Lack of self-esteem or self-belief
- Dissatisfaction with life
- A desire for change
- Post natal depression
- Issues around sexuality
What to expect?
Many people are nervous or anxious about coming for counselling so don’t feel alone in that.
Counselling gives you an opportunity to learn more about yourself by exploring and understanding the feelings evoked by whatever is going on in your life. Family and friends can be helpful, but they can also be too close to a situation or issue and therefore talking the situation through with someone else who is impartial and unconnected can be helpful.
Counselling can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. The benefits are often different for different people, but I always feel privileged to be allowed to accompany someone on this unique and valuable journey.
What is involved?
In your first session we will discuss what it is you feel you need help with, and I will tell you a little bit more about the way I work. I believe the therapeutic relationship is important, therefore the first session is also for us to get to know each other. You need to feel at ease with me and that you can trust me. Ultimately you need to feel as comfortable as possible to potentially explore what is uncomfortable in your life.
I have various resources and tools that I can use as part of tailoring the sessions to you. When working with children and young people I have lots of games, art resources, air drying clay and creative resources. I also have worksheets, stones and shells and other creative materials that can be useful for anyone.
What is Counselling Supervision?
You may have heard of counselling supervision but are not really sure what it is. The British Association of Counselling (BACP) describes supervision as -
"A specialised form of mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken."
Supervision is something that all counsellors should engage in. I have regular supervision which offers me a reflective space in which to develop my practice and therefore benefits my clients by ensuring their safety in terms of my ethical practice.