At some point in our lives most of us encounter something whether it is a bereavement, split from their partner, low self-confidence or stress at work and we will experience emotions that we cannot make sense of, which leads to frustration and feeling unable to move forward in our lives. Not knowing how we can deal with such emotions and situations often makes us feel helpless and stuck. Counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental place for people to discuss these problems. Contrary to what many people think, counselling is not a 'one size fits all', there are a range of counselling theories that can be used depending on the type of problem and individual you are. Details of various types of counselling are explained further under the My Approaches Section of this website.
I have listed some aims of counselling below:
- If offers a safe space for you to explore what is troubling you and discover any underlying issues.
- It encourages us to take an honest look at our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be preventing us from moving forward.
- It is a change for us to understand and learn about ourselves so that we can take control and responsibility for our lives.
Counselling sessions are usually held once a week in my therapy room in Ashford (although the frequency is entirely up to you) and last 50 minutes. The number of sessions required will vary for each person. Some people find that they require more than others to deal with the same problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, there is no set amount of time to deal with a specific problem. After your initial consultation, I will recommend a set number of sessions, but we will review this on a regular basis. Please remember that no problem is too small, if it is effecting you and preventing you from moving forward with your life, then it is something that you need help with.