What Is Counselling and How Might You Benefit?
Counselling is a talking therapy. It's very different to talking to friends as I will not offer you advice and I am not biased in anyway. Instead I will work with you to explore what is going on for you, cognitively and emotionally. Counselling can help you gain insight into what is troubling you and why. By talking to a counsellor/therapist like me, you could learn about your implicit styles and patterns which may give you some clarity to move forward.
There are many barriers to counselling. Some people feel guilty or selfish for talking about themselves; some feel its a sign of weakness; many think there are plenty of people worse off and they should just get on with it; some find the idea of talking to a stranger embarrassing or fear they won't be taken seriously - But support is here and you will be listened to, and taken seriously.
I will facilitate a safe and confidential space for us to work together in. Confidence is only broken in very extreme circumstances, which I will talk to you about in our first session together.
The counselling space will be non judgemental, so you don't have to worry about what I think of you because our work together will be unconditional, and free of my personal opinions - again, very unlike talking to a friend.
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework. If you want to know more about it, you can read about it on their website (www.bacp.com) Essentially it keeps you and I safe in how we work together and ensures you get the best service from me.
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There are no guarantees with counselling. Ultimately its you who has to 'go there' but I will be alongside you.
Sometimes it can take a while for you to find your voice if you have never had counselling or have never really talked about yourself before. For others it feels very natural and they can get straight into it. There is no one size fits all with counselling.