Updated: Oct 3, 2018
Counselling is a confidential process which supports you to talk about the struggles or experiences that are causing you distress in a safe space without judgement.
A good counsellor creates an environment where you feel heard, valued, respected and understood. Counselling is not about telling you what to do or informing you of right and wrong but about supporting you to make sense of what you are going through and increase your awareness , empowering you to make more choices and ultimately give you more control over your life.
Once you make the choice to embark on counselling you will be invited to meet with a counsellor to talk through and explore the difficulties you are experiencing and how they are impacting you.
By gaining a better understanding of your personal circumstances and what you hope to gain from counselling , the counsellor will work with you to find new ways of moving forward that will support you and enhance your emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Counselling is not a drop in service but a commitment to attend weekly sessions for however long you feel is necessary. This can be mutually agreed with a counsellor but ultimately it is your decision.
Who is counselling for?
Counselling is for anyone who feels that they need support with a problem they are experiencing, or general unhappiness and a feeling that things aren't right but don't know what. For example - addiction, anger and irritability, anxiety, depression, emotional disconnection, fear/panic, grief, guilt, hopelessness, intrusive thoughts, lack of control, loneliness, low mood, low self-confidence/self-esteem, self-harm, shame. sleep issues, stress, suicidal thoughts and worthlessness. Sharing your struggles and experiences with a trained professional can support you to reflect on things without being given advice by family or friends and worrying about how it will impact them, particularly if they are part of the problem.
Counselling can help with
Sharing your story and feeling heard - you do not need to go through it alone
Increasing your self awareness and acceptance - making it possible to engage in more fulfilling relationships with the Self and others.
Changing or repairing relationships ie family, work, children, personal relationships
Identifying and promoting your Self-care
Deepening your emotional awareness
Understanding what causes you distress and identifying the triggers
Understand what is holding you back and support you to move forward
Finding new ways to cope with and respond to what we experience - allowing an alternative way of seeing the world