All of us have feelings and issues in our lives which trouble us. Counselling provides a private confidential space to explore those feelings and experiences without judgement. People come to counselling sessions for all sorts of reasons including depression, bereavement, stress, anxiety and low confidence but the heart of the work is often about our relationships, our relationship with ourselves as well as with the key people in our life.
In a counselling session you can explore or express yourself on your own terms and in your own way. The counsellor works at creating the right environment in which a client feels able to look at themselves and develop a greater understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and meanings. The counsellor is not there to analyse the client or give them advice, but instead to be alongside them, supporting them and helping them to explore their own understandings and issues, with the belief that the client with support will come to find their own 'answers', reconstruct new meanings and rebuild self confidence.
In a counselling relationship in which we feel fully accepted we can make better sense of our own feelings and experiences and feel supported in finding ways forward and thinking about ourselves in different ways. As a relational and flexible counsellor I may draw on a range of models to help facilitate this process and to help build a therapeutic relationship which is open, honest and focused on your needs.