It can happen in life to feel overwhelmed and to lose touch with inner feelings and emotions. There could be times when life is stressful and communication with others can be difficult.
Sometimes separation, bereavement, loss, worries and sadness can become unmanageable, while at other times dissatisfaction, anger and frustration can lead towards a vicious circle of self-destructive behaviour.
The sense of feeling stuck, frozen, numbed, withdraw, panicky and overly anxious could be symptoms of past unresolved trauma that may interfere with the quality of living.
There are many personal reasons that brings people to counselling. Counselling can help make sense of what it is happening at any particular difficult time of life. Throughout Counselling it is possible to gain a better understanding of yourself and the difficulties you are facing.
Counselling can also help define specific goals and objectives in any area of your life.
What is Counselling ?
Counselling is a form of talking therapy where inner worries, long term difficulties and on-going issues are disclosed to a fully qualified counsellor.
Counselling can be of a support in offloading from stress, in establishing goals, in reviewing individual life experiences in order to give them meaning, as well as enhancing awareness of repetitive behavioural patterns and difficult feelings.
Counselling provides the opportunity to explore any concerns or difficulties that people experience in their life in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment. It is not advice giving. Counselling enhance self-awareness and the ability to acquire greater understanding of inner thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Counselling can help building self-confidence and increasing self -esteem.
Counselling is a therapeutic process therefore it is unique to each individual. During this process it is not uncommon for difficult feelings to emerge, as they may have been put aside from conscious awareness for a long time. When this occurs outside the counselling session , it may be useful to make note of your feelings and your experiences in order to share them during the next therapy session. Doing so will facilitate the exploration of what is going on for you and consequently will enable us to look at what is the best manageable way forward together. I understand that talking can feel very “exposing” at times, therefore informing your counsellor of this difficulty alone could bring relief.
What to expect from a Counsellor
A counsellor is a fully trained professional who acknowledges problems and issues brought to therapy while offering support towards reaching alternative solutions.
The role of the counsellor is to listen attentively and without judgment to the material that emerges during therapy, in order to facilitate inner exploration.
A counsellor accompanies the client in their unique journey towards self-discovery without any pressure or hidden agenda.
Usually a counselling session takes place once a week and lasts 50 minutes. The first meeting aims to clarify what has brought you to counselling and what to expect from it. At the end of this consultation, a mutual agreement is made between the client and the counsellor.
I am available for weekly individual, face to face contact, Skype and telephone counselling for either short term or long term counselling work. Usually short term work take place between 6-16 session, while long term is open ended. I provide regular counselling reviews for either short term and long term work.
I charge £60.00 for an individual session. I apply concessionary fees to students and to people on benefits. Online & telephone sessions are charged at lower fees.
I offer 20 minutes initial free phone consultation.
Divorce Support Group
I provide a Divorce Support Group for people who are divorcing, separating or experiencing a brake up of a relationship with a significant other. Sometimes the separation has occurred many years ago and people are still affected by it. Feeling stuck and unable to move on is a very common experience, people who undergo this type of difficulty often feel lost and confused. The Divorce Support Group is an opportunity to break the silence for going through so much pain, and it is a chance to increase self confidence by relating to people who are sharing a similar struggle.
It is a small group of up to 8 people that runs for one-and-a half hours each week at the same time over 10 weeks. Confidentiality is paramount within the group. A first individual consultation meeting is necessary prior to become a member of the group in order to discuss individual goals and expectations.
The overall cost of the group is £380.00 for the whole 10 weeks. Discount is applied when paying for the whole 10 weeks in advance.