Is Counselling/Psychotherapy For Me?
For many people, the decision to seek counselling or therapy to resolve current life stresses or more longstanding issues feels important, sometimes essential but nonetheless a step in the dark. What you read below is intended to throw some light on it. I am always happy to chat further on the phone if you feel uncertain about whether to try it out for yourself. And because a good 'fit' with your therapist is really important, I offer the opportunity to have a free half-hour session with me to see if we have the potential as a team to help you make the changes you are seeking.
How Can Counselling Help?
Each therapy session provides a safe space for you to talk to a person trained to really listen and try to understand, without judgement or agenda for you to act in a certain way. Your counsellor can be objective , yet supportive and concerned for your wellbeing. It can be emotionally very liberating to be able to be fully honest and to feel understood. A counsellor is not there to give you advice but to work with you to help you find your own answers and ultimately reach your own goal, whether this be to increase self-esteem, communicate your needs to your partner, feel less depressed etc etc.
Very often, the initial decision to take time on a weekly basis to reflect and explore in complete confidence can have a huge therapeutic impact, the first important step on the way to feeling better about life.
Because the client-therapist relationship is so important, no commitment is made until after the initial session - you will need to reassure yourself that you feel comfortable with me and I will need to assess whether I can be of assistance to you. Occasionally I might suggest that a client would be better served by specialist support and on these rare occasions I ensure that I provide details of services that could help. When this happens, I don't charge for the assessment session; otherwise the full fee is payable.