WHAT TO EXPECT
In counselling, people often use the time to talk about their experiences, both past and present. This sometimes means they talk about difficult things, or that they open up sides of themselves they don't normally share with others.
This opening up to someone who really listens and who strives to understand you deeply can, over time, help people feel better. Some people come to counselling for just a few sessions, some people come for years. Either way, I see the process as a finite one, where we both work towards you not needing the support counselling provides.
My work focuses on therapeutic relationships which are built on empathy, honesty and respect. My aim is that you will encounter a supportive, safe environment, an environment in which you feel understood and empowered to make the changes that are right for you.
It is you who will be in control of the direction of each session, though I may invite you to clarify your emotions, to experience them in the room, to identify past events or relationships that influence you now, or to consider where you find meaning in your life.
For more information, you can visit the BACP website. The BACP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. Visit www.BACP.co.uk