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What is Counselling?

"Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense and direction and purpose.  It is always at the request of the client as no-one can properly be ‘sent’ for counselling". (BACP, What is Counselling?)

Counselling sessions take place with a trained therapist in a comfortable, safe, confidential setting at a time to suit you.  I provide the opportunity for you to explore your issues, to talk about your thoughts and feelings in an environment where you are treated with respect and empathic understanding.  You will not be judged or told what to do.  My role is to help you to become the person that you want to be; to help you make choices or changes that you want to make or to come to terms with things that can’t be changed to make life more tolerable. The aim is to put you back in control of your life and to help you find the real, true self.

Clients seek counselling for many reasons, of which the following are examples of how I might be able to help you:
  • Depression or low mood
  • Anxiety, stress or panic attacks
  • Bereavement and loss (including termination/abortion/miscarriage)
  • Work related problems
  • Low self-esteem / low self-confidence
  • Anger management
  • Addictions
  • Couple counselling
  • Relationship difficulties at home or at work
  • Trauma
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Self harm