Counselling is a process whereby a client meets with a counsellor to talk about and work through difficult and/or painful feelings that they are experiencing. These feelings may be associated with past or present situations, relationships or experiences. Through time I would hope that clients would learn new ways of coping and expressing their feelings as well as developing insight and understanding into particular areas of their lives. Just as we can heal physically we can also heal emotionally given the right support at the right time, offered in the right way.
At Connect Counselling I give you an opportunity to think and talk about your concerns in a way that is not always possible with family and friends. The premises I use are comfortable and offer a safe, confidential space where you can think and talk about yourself and those things that are troubling you and perhaps stopping you from getting the most out of life.
I accept that everyone is unique. I will not make judgements about you or how you live your life. I will listen to how you are feeling and how others in your life are being affected and support you to make the changes you would like to happen.
I use an integrative approach which means that I have been trained in more than one way of counselling. I don’t believe that one type of counselling suits everybody and can tailor my approach to suit your needs. I understand that it can be difficult to talk about problems and express your feelings but will work with you to develop a good therapeutic relationship where you should feel comfortable.
As counsellors we do not ‘have all the answers’. I believe that everyone (no matter how confused or upset they may currently be feeling) holds their own solutions to their problems within themselves. In other words, you are the best person to know what is right for your life. Part of my job as a counsellor is to help you identify your own personal strengths and resources and work out how you can best use them in your current situation.
Before coming for counselling it can be useful to think about what you want to achieve in therapy. I understand that it can be hard to be clear about this. Maybe you just ‘want to feel better’. I will help you to identify what it is that you want from therapy. Then we will both have a clearer idea of what you are working towards.
During your therapy and after approximately every six sessions you will be invited to review your progress. I really want to help you and would want to hear your feedback (negative or positive) so that we can both be confident that you are going in the right direction and your counselling is being effective.