Finding the right counsellor for you…
If you are new to the idea of counselling it can be confusing and you may find it difficult to know where to start. You may have many questions and concerns:
- Who is counselling for?
- How does it work?
- What type of counselling do you offer?
- How long does it take?
- Will I be in safe hands?
- How do I choose?
These are important questions and I would like to give them my full attention.
Who is counselling for?
There are times in life when we may feel uncertain of our direction or our purpose, or times when we may experience a challenging or traumatic event, or times when we simply feel stuck and cannot seem to find a way out. We may question our sense of belonging, our identity, our worth and our sense of self. We may feel we are drowning in emotions or simply searching for different a way of being.
Counselling is for everyone and anyone who feels a need or a desire to make some changes.
What is it and how does it work?
I practice Person-Centred Counselling, which is a talking therapy. As your counsellor I will endeavour to offer a therapeutic relationship with you that embraces trust, safety, empathy, privacy, respect and attention so that you can fully and openly explore what is happening for you. I hope to create a sense of freedom from judgement, criticism and expectation so that you can search for and try to locate what it is that you really want or need in your life right now. I will not be giving you answers, or directions, nor will I be telling you what to do – but I will be working with you, alongside you, in collaboration towards solutions that feel right for you. Counselling is an opportunity for you to try to make sense of your world and to work towards making the right changes for you or towards accepting the things that perhaps you are unable to change.
How long does counselling take?
Within Person-Centred counselling you can work at your own pace and your counselling will take the direction and time of your choosing. You can end your counselling at any point that feels right for you.
Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)
Am I in safe hands?
The BACP is a professional counselling organisation which holds an accredited register of members. Being a member and on the register is a good indicator that the counsellor has met certain standards in terms of ethical and effective practice. I am a member, on the register and also accredited. Read my ‘BACP Professional Membership‘ to find out more.
I am also qualified to offer online and telephone counselling and my training meets the BACP and ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online) competence framework requirements.
Although professional membership and training is important when choosing your counsellor, it is equally important that you feel like you can talk with your counsellor. So ask yourself – do I feel comfortable enough with this person to share some difficult things?
Take a look at my Counselling Information and Numbers page for more help about choosing the right counsellor for you.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about your counselling I warmly invite you to contact me. Alternatively you can book an initial free counselling session and this will give you an opportunity to explore if counselling with me feels right for you.