What is coun­selling?

Coun­selling pro­vides a con­fi­den­tial space for you to talk about your thoughts and  feel­ings. You should be able to do this with­out being judged and with­out expec­ta­tions placed upon you.

Rather than give advice or tell you what’s right or wrong, I will help you to make sense of what­ev­er is trou­bling you. I do this through care­ful lis­ten­ing, and by try­ing to under­stand your view of the world, as you see it.

How does coun­selling help?

Coun­selling can help in a vari­ety of ways, depend­ing on what you need. It may be hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to talk to some­one who will real­ly lis­ten. It may help you to make sense of things that pre­vi­ous­ly felt real­ly com­plex or over­whelm­ing. It can help you to under­stand more about your­self and your rela­tion­ships with oth­er peo­ple. Or, it can help give you clar­i­ty to make changes in your life that feel right for you.

Coun­selling isn’t always easy, as it can involve talk­ing about areas of life that are painful or dif­fi­cult. It might also chal­lenge you to look at things in a dif­fer­ent way — if that’s what you want. How­ev­er, what you talk about will always be led by you and at your pace.

How will I know if coun­selling is right for me?

First and fore­most, I believe you need to feel that your coun­sel­lor is some­one you want to talk to and will feel com­fort­able work­ing with. I offer a free 30-minute ses­sion, so that you can get to know me and get a feel for how coun­selling works. It is also an oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to make sure that I have the right skills and expe­ri­ence to sup­port you.

Coun­selling isn’t always right for every­body, and some­times it might just not be the right time.  If you are uncer­tain about whether coun­selling is right for you, we can explore this as part of the intro­duc­to­ry ses­sion.