What is Counselling?
Counselling offers a safe, confidential, unpressurized space in which a trained counsellor can help you explore your individual issues with warmth, empathy, acceptance and respect.
Counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do. It is about listening to you without judgement, enabling you to explore your thoughts and feelings. It is about helping you gain new perspectives about yourself and your situation. It is about helping you to resolve your difficulties, find new ways of coping or give you a greater sense of control and choice in your life.
We focus on two major approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic Counselling
How does Counselling work?
Cognitive therapists tend to focus on specific problems. These therapists believe that irrational thinking or faulty perceptions cause dysfunctions. A cognitive therapist may work with a client to change thought patterns. This type of therapy is often effective for clients suffering from depression or anxiety.
The behavioural element of CBT works to change problematic behaviours that have been trained through years of reinforcement.
The therapist would encourage the client to gradually face their fears through experience. The client would slowly expose themselves to greater and greater levels of their fear until the phobia diminishes or disappears entirely.
Person centred therapy
This approach is mainly focused on the therapeutic relationship formed between the counsellor and client with the therapist aiming to provide that person with an environment and opportunity to develop a sense of self. This environment is a comfortable and non-judgemental place where the client can engage with another person in a non-directive manner and be aided in finding their own solutions to their problems.
Person-centred therapists believe that a free and equal relationship exists between client and counsellor and each person’s perception of the other is important to the work, the counsellor is not the ‘expert’ the client knows their own feelings and emotions better than anyone.
Therapists that work from this approach aim to offer a true empathic response rather than sympathy for the client’s situation, whereby the counsellor aims to see the concerns discussed in the sessions from the clients perspective.
What happens during a session?
The counselling approach is gentle and welcoming to the troubled soul. The emphasis is placed upon non-judgemental listening, developing the space for a client to explore feelings of low self-esteem and depression.
When you are a little lost in life the overwhelming feeling is fear. When you are fearful every step forward seems immense and the counsellor will help you to break down the steps to recovery in a timescale that is determined by you.
- Relationship issues
Fees are £60/session