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21st July 2024 

What is counselling/psychotherapy about?

An official definition of counselling by my professional body is:
'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term period to help them bring about effective change and enhance their wellbeing.'

Counselling has been around for a long time and many people have benefited from having counselling. Counselling is about examining areas of difficulties in an environment of confidentiality. At times it is not enough to go over and over again about difficulties by yourself or with friends. It is helpful to explore tough decision with a person who is not involved. I provide a safe place in which to explore areas of difficulties and to work together towards moving to a better place in life. On many occasions I have been privileged to see people discover new ways of coping and embracing life to the full again.

Counselling involves the counsellor and the client(s) exploring and examining difficulties in life in a personal, non judgemental and confidential environment trying to finding new ways of looking at things in an open and respectful way.

Counselling can take just a few sessions or span over a longer period of time. I offer both short and long term therapy.

I am now able to offer walk and talk counselling in addition to face to face, online and telephone sessions.

What problems can be helped by counselling?

Generally people come to counselling after they have tried ways of solving a difficult situation by themselves but have come to a point where they are not moving on or out of the situation.

I have worked with people faced with issues like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Illness, terminal illness
  • Bereavement
  • Abortion
  • Drug and alcohol and other addictions
  • Abuse in it’s many disguises
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Cultural Issues
  • Self harm
  • Stress
  • Divorce/Separation
    ...just to name some of the issues that can affect your daily life and at times these can be overwhelming.

    This is what one client said after we completed therapy:
    "Counselling has helped me sort out the mess of thoughts in my head and work out what to do next" BD

    What can you expect from counselling?

    Initially coming to counselling sessions can feel quite strange. Suddenly someone is totally interested in you and your life. Someone whom you have never met before is getting to know your private life and thoughts. It is all about you, how you feel and how you cope. This requires trust, respect, and your willingness to examine yourself, gain new insight and make changes.

    I will not have the answer to problems but together we work towards finding ways and solutions for you to move to a better place.

    Maybe you would now like to have a look at my qualifications by clicking onto the above link.