Counselling

The main purpose of counselling is to provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. When given this time, to reflect upon present circumstances, dilemmas or challenging situations, often clarity and insight flow more easily.

Embarking on a course of counselling can provide the tools to get through the tough times. It can also provide the space to learn a little more about ourselves. To feel heard in an objective manner may help to digest a painful experience, unscramble our thoughts and enable us to take responsibility for our actions and decisions. Taking a look at how we interact with the others can help uncover patterns of relating and how we attempt to keep ourselves emotionally safe, which ultimately can lead to more harmonious relationships and give greater confidence to handle different situations.

There is often a stage in everyone's life when they feel something needs to change, whether that is to be more confident, less anxious or to feel more open and connected to loved ones. Maybe there's a need to make a material change or alter the course of their life but cannot fathom out how. Perhaps life is changing around them and they feel unprepared for it or they feel out of sync with their life. All of these situations are naturally occurring and each and every one of us is faced with such dilemmas at some time or another. It is at these times counselling is very beneficial as it allows us to consider all the options open to us and helps us move towards realising our true potential.

Counselling enables us to take ownership of our life and to connect our inner truth i.e. what is real for us, what moves us and what matters to us. Often emotional discomfort arises i.e. anger, depression, anxiety etc. when, outside of our awareness, we live by someone else's values. Identifying feelings that we spend a huge amount of energy avoiding, is not only empowering but it frees up inner resources to build confidence and focus on areas of purpose and meaning in our lives.

Counselling can be deemed a journey of self-discovery .. or rediscovery!

Benefits of Counselling

People attend counselling for many reasons.  The benefits are limitless and are unique to each individual i.e.

  • Improve relationships and the ability to relate to others
  • Increase confidence and decision-making
  • Help integrate painful memories and feelings
  • Reduce anxiety and anxiety producing thoughts
  • Adapt to lifestyle changes
  • Offer healing for the loss of loved ones
  • Find supportive coping strategies
  • Improve problem solving abilities
  • Air life experiences
  • Manage stress
  • Become more accepting of yourself

Reasons for attending Counselling

There are many reasons poeple may wish to embark on a course of counselling, for example:

  • Depression or lack of motivation
  • Lack of confidence or self esteem
  • Difficulty coming to terms with life events
  • Loss of loved ones, a way of life, pets etc.
  • Confusion as to the way forward
  • Anxiety
  • Breakdown of a relationship
  • Difficulty relating or to express oneself
  • Self-harming or self-sabotaging patterns
  • Addictions
  • Disordered eating
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Self-defeating behaviour
  • Unhealthy anger

The fee is £40.00 for a 50 minute session

Short or Long Term Counselling

Initially, I normally suggest a course of six weekly sessions to begin with, as this enables enough time to fully uncover the issues that have brought you to seek counselling. This duration also provides the time for you to explore your feelings in an unhurried manner and gives you time to reflect upon what has been covered. It also provides the time for us to review your counselling experience and establish whether you would like to continue and what you might like to achieve.

Low Cost Counselling

To assist those on low incomes I offer counselling for six weeks at a reduced rate depending on the individual's circumstances and their stated affordability. The fee will be agreed at the initial appointment and will remain the same for the six week duration. These spaces are limited and therefore appointments may not be immediately available.

To book an appointment please contact me