When someone seeks the help and support of a counsellor it is important to remember that it is always a sign of strength, and to know that "It's ok to feel not ok" sometimes. There seems to be some misconception out there, especially amongst men that seeking help is a sign of weakness, so please allow me to add my voice to that of many others who consistently state that nothing could be further from the truth. There is every good reason to seek help and support when needed and absolutely no good reason to continue trying to go it alone, or suffer in silence.

An attitude of going it alone or approach of going it alone/suffering in silence will never work as it prolongs unnecessary pain about something that can be worked through with positive intention, help, support and counselling.

How does Counselling work?

In most cases several visits are required as it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.

Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways for a little while, however, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start and continue to feel better.

Here are just some of the reasons why a person might seek counselling, and of course there are many more:

As a counsellor/ therapist I believe it is important to remember that we are all different and unique and therefore we all experience our hurts, pains and disappointments in many different ways. Starting from a position of empathy, acceptance, understanding and compassion I work with clients to help them discover their true path, one that brings them more peace, more joy, more contentment and fulfilment, perhaps more than they will have felt or experienced in quite a while. What in the beginning might seem impossible and complex in many ways can turn out in time to become possible and achievable.

As a Counsellor I support my clients while they search for solutions to what has happened in the past, or what is going on currently, to make sense of their lives and create improvements by working on what is currently causing their pain. Through deep understand and empathy and by working together we find solutions to issues that are sometimes obvious and other times not quite so apparent.

Sometimes people feel stuck and need to look deeply at what has caused that feeling for them, they lack self confidence and experience large amounts of fear. They hold negative beliefs about themselves and the world around them that are almost always untrue. They hold on tightly to the merry go round that takes them nowhere, and only serves to keep them going in and out of their pain continuously. This way nothing can change and they are unable to achieve or become part of the life that they so much wish for and desire. Very often this journey of change is just too difficult to manage alone, people need help, and that help is available.

What to expect from counselling

During your counselling sessions, I will encourage you to express your feelings and emotions. By discussing your concerns with you, I can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of helping you to find your own solutions to problems. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and who is there to help you reach a positive solution.

Counselling can take place:

You may be offered counselling as a single session, as a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months.

Trusting your counsellor

As your counsellor I will focus on you and listen without judging or criticising you. I will help you discover how you could better deal with your problems, but I won't tell you what to do. For counselling to be effective, it is important to build a trusting and safe relationship with your counsellor, and if you ever feel that you aren't happy with how you are getting on, or that you're not getting the most out of your sessions, I would always encourage you to discuss this with me, so that we can find solutions together on how best to proceed. As part of my own professional education and preparation for understanding this kind of work I have undergone hundreds of hours of my own personal therapeutic process. From this foundation and through my own personality I have developed a helping professional style that is skilled, objective, compassionate and sensitively attuned to each of my individual clients.

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