What is counselling?
Counselling is a confidential contracted space for individuals to explore their difficulties in the boundaries and safety of a therapeutic relationship. The process involves negotiating and working towards agreed goals which can change and develop over time. Some individuals may attend counselling expecting advice and guidance, however most approaches would not offer this kind of intervention, and would rather guide you to explore your own solutions.
Counselling can benefit people at a point of crisis in their lives, but also those that wish to look retrospectively at their experiences, or explore their sense of themselves and others.
What is person-centred therapy?
Person-centred or more relational types of therapy are not ‘directive’, and theoretically should allow you the space to work openly with whatever you may wish to bring to therapy. The main therapeutic factor in these therapies is the relationship that you develop with your therapist. This provides a secure base for exploration and developing self-acceptance.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies depending on what you want to achieve and what issues you’re experiencing. We can work to establish focussed goals, but it’s important for you to have enough time and space to get what you would like out of your therapy.
Dependant on your situation, you may want to engage in longer-term therapy to explore more pervasive or complex issues. You also may have a specific issue that you would like to look at, in which case you could benefit from a more limited number of sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes long, and to ensure consistency in the work, I strive to meet weekly unless otherwise arranged.