what is counselling?
People come to counselling for a number of reasons: as a way of exploring or managing feelings and thoughts, relationship difficulties, identity issues, trauma, anxiety and depression, or just a sense that you want things to be different in how you experience life.
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore your past and present experiences through building a trusting counselling relationship in which to explore how you feel and make changes.
Sometimes this will involve a short number of sessions, and at other times the therapy may involve working for longer in order for you to make more deep rooted changes in yourself or your life.
There are many types of counselling and psychotherapy and each therapist will work in their own individual way. For me, it is important to work in a collaborative way, and I describe myself as a relational therapist. This means that I seek to be present as myself in a safe and steady way, but at the same time, work with the understanding that things that happen in the therapy room can be a reflection of what is going on in your life, or of your previous experiences. It can therefore be a place for you to explore new and different ways of being.
In practice this means a balancing of focus between the things brought from your life and past experiences, together with what is happening in the present moment.