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What is counselling?
Counselling can be defined in many ways, but I see counselling as entering into a safe and respectful relationship with someone who will give you uninterrupted time, listening to your thoughts with compassion and with acceptance.
My role as a counsellor is to be someone neutral, who will listen to you without preconceptions and will not be influenced by anything outside of what you bring to the sessions. You are able to choose what you reveal, and when, and can dictate the pace at which we go.
You may be having difficulty accepting the feelings that are inside you; perhaps you are feeling ashamed or guilty for feeling the way that you do. I understand that it can take a lot of courage to take the first step into counselling. I will listen to you without judgement and with respect for your feelings and your experiences.
The kind of issues clients bring covers a wide range. Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues of any description are often reasons to come to counselling. You may come with feelings of low self esteem or lack of self confidence. Perhaps you are struggling with coping with feelings of anger, shame, or loneliness. You may have experienced loss; perhaps for a person, job, place or role in life, or you may feel a sense of loss of dreams, hope or purpose. Counselling offers a way understand and come to terms with these bereavements. You may simply feel overwhelmed by your emotions and the pressures of life. Alternatively you may find it difficult to experience or express any feelings at all. Trauma takes many forms; physical, mental, and emotional and counselling can help you make peace with the past and learn how to engage in your life.
Counselling can also help you explore wider issues, such as finding your place in the world, deciding which path to take in life and give you support while you go through a time of difficult change. It can be used to help you understand and accept questions that may have arisen in your life around areas of sexuality, your cultural experience, or spirituality.
You may decide to see a counsellor for many different reasons. Perhaps you have reached a point where you feel you can no longer continue as you are and know that you need help to change. You may be at a turning point in your life and would like someone help you sort through your thoughts and feelings. As a counsellor my role is to help you explore options and to find new ways of thinking and feeling.