The first time I went to see a counsellor I found the whole thing very confusing and really quite scary. I didn’t know what to expect I just knew that I had to talk to someone who I thought could help me change the way I felt. That was the first step on the road to recovery.
I was right in thinking that counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows you to share your problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment without fear of being judged. What I didn’t realise is that there are several different models of counselling and I didn’t have a clue about any of them. I have since trained as a counsellor myself and chose the person-centred model of counselling which I now know to be an extremely powerful way of working.
Some of the important differences between this approach and the other major approaches to counselling are embodied in the way I work. I strongly believe that as human beings we strive to do the best for ourselves, no matter what conditions we find ourselves in or what problems we are faced with. I do not offer advice but aim to work alongside you, in an open and genuine way, to help you better understand your own feelings so that you can move forward, in your own time, and in a way that effects lasting change.
The sessions are completely confidential and a safe space where you can explore anything which concerns you. Issues I have worked with:
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Low Self Esteem
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Living with an Alcoholic