Counselling has many positive benefits which can enhance your life greatly. When thoughts are disorganised, it can be challenging to make good choices. Exploring your thoughts with a professional, non-judgmental person can make you feel less alone and more able to sort out your thoughts in a productive way.
The benefits of counselling include a greater degree of self-awareness and understanding of yourself and others. This improves self-esteem, and becomes reflective in your personal relationships. Life feels more enjoyable and you feel better about yourself and who you are. Counselling also improves your self-knowledge, well being, health, and clarity of mind. You feel more in control of yourself and your life. Consider it a personal gift and investment in your future.
How do I know if I need counselling? There are many different reasons why a person might come to counselling. It could be the breakdown of a relationship or feelings of loneliness and depression. It could be that something has been troubling you over a long period of time and you’re having difficulty finding a solution on your own. Certain issues from childhood or from the past may be having an impact on your day to day life. You may find it hard to talk to friends or family because they are directly involved in the issues. Counselling can help you reflect and make sense of difficult life events and find a way to move forward.
Some other signals to look for:
Extreme sadness or low mood
Anger and frustration
Difficult family relationships
Fears and phobias
Behaviour problems with teenagers
Repeated employment difficulties, frequent job changes, difficulty with co-workers
If you feel you would benefit from speaking to someone about any of the above issues, then all you need to do is call or email me which can be done via my contact page and I will get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours). The first appointment is a chance for us to get to know one another and to define any goals for therapy. If you feel comfortable and happy to continue with counselling, we will meet on a weekly basis as this helps to settle into an emotional rhythm as well as accomplish positive change at a steady pace.
Confidentiality In counselling you can be assured that everything you discuss is completely confidential. The only time I would have to break confidentiality is if a serious crime has been committed or if I feel there is a genuine risk for your safety or the safety of others. I have a duty of care to raise that concern with appropriate professionals but I will always discuss this with you first.
Ending Therapy You can end therapy whenever you like but please be aware that therapy can open up a lot of doors and sometimes trigger painful memories and this is why it is important to work together towards an ending. This gives you the time and space you need to safely close any doors that have been opened during your time in therapy and to reflect on all that you’ve achieved and learned about yourself and how best to move forward. Some people may only need a few weeks to help them work through a particular issue in their lives and others may feel they need longer and this could be months or years. What is important is that you end therapy at a time when you feel happy with what has been achieved.
If you’re still not sure, the best way for things to become clearer is to book an initial session, that way you can find out more about how counselling works and help you decide if it would be useful for your particular situation 07948262677