COUNSELLING

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) definition of counselling is "Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."

Much research has been undertaken to try and understand why counselling works. There is no one answer to this, but there is evidence that counselling does help people. It is not for everyone but my previous clients have reported that counselling has helped them cope with their lives better, make important changes and helped them to understand themselves more. Other clients have said that it has given them their sense of hope back and helped them feel more at ease with themselves. Quite a few people tell me that it is the first time they have spoken to anyone about else about some of their issues and that this was a positive experience for them, and often a relief to share them with someone.

Do I have to know what’s wrong?

Some people come to counselling with a definite idea of what they would like to talk about and know what problems are standing in their way. Some people come because their GP has suggested that counselling might help.

A lot of people come because they are feeling unhappy in some way but are not sure why. I will help you gently unpick what is going on in your life and try to help you find a way out.

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What does counselling feel like?

Unlike some of the media portrayal of psychotherapy and counselling, what I do is very down to earth. You will be sitting in a chair, not lying on the couch, and I do not record endless notes of what you say.

Often people feel a bit nervous of coming to counselling, particularly if it is the first time you have talked about your problems. I will try to make you feel comfortable about talking and to go at a pace that suits you.

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