Frequently asked questions
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. The term can mean diffrent things to diffrent people, but in general, it is a proces people seek when they want to change something in their lifes, or simply explore their thoughts and feeling in more depth. You can choose from individual counselling or couples counselling. Individual counselling focuses on the issues that are unique to yourself. Couples counselling focuses on building relationships, improving communication, resolving conflict and repairing intimacy.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help you with anxiety, derpession, trauma, low self-esteem, stress, grief, loss, domestic abouse, sexual abuse, relationship issues, bullying, existential crisis and much more. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.
What are the benefits of counselling?
The benefits of counselling include a greater degree of self-awareness and understanding of yourself and others. This improves self-esteem, and becomes reflective in your personal relationships. You feel better about yourself and who you are. Benefits of counselling are: less anxiety, trauma resolution, ability to set boundaries, stress relief, increased assertivnes, better relationships.
How long will the counselling need to last?
This will depend on what you bring and what you are looking for. We will discuss this at our initial meeting and will review our work at regular points.
How long are the sessions?
Each session last for an hour.
What happens at the first therapy session?
The first session is a chance for us to meet and start to get an idea of what it will be like to work together. You will have the opportunity to talk about what is bringing you to counselling. There will be some paperwork to fill out, including an overview of your general well-being. I will explain a bit more about how I work and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions.