Perhaps you have had an experience with counselling or perhaps you've never talked to a counsellor before, I thought it would be beneficial to briefly explain what is counselling and what you can expect in the sessions.
What is counselling?
The term can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a collaborative process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
It is a form of talking therapy, involving a trained professional actively listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. It provides an opportunity to talk about your issues in a safe, non-judgemental way to a person who's there for you, so you can be heard and work on yourself in a personalised and supported way.
We all face challenges every day and sometimes need a way of taking a step back and out of our own heads to find a healthy way forward. A lot of people go through things that our family and friends might not know about, perhaps you don't know how to put things in words or don't want to 'burden' others, which can feel extremely isolating. Maybe you feel like you've been going through the motions rather than enjoying your life and want to change this, but don't know how. Talking to a trained counsellor can be helpful in making sense out of what you experience and working towards your desired goals, for example to be happier.
How does it work?
If you have decided to try counselling, you might be feeling anxious about your first session. Making the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is an important first step and should be commended. Knowing what to expect from a counselling session should help you feel more prepared and less nervous about your first appointment.
In your first session, I will ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what's worrying you and the way your thought processes work. All of the information obtained here will be used to help you in future sessions.
During your counselling experience, we will aim to build a trusting therapeutic relationship so that you feel safe and confident discussing your worries with me on a confidential basis.