Counselling is based on talking and listening – a mutual respect and trust relationship, built up between you and your counsellor. No answers or direct advice are given, since the aim is to help you develop your own insights into your problems. However information can be given to you from other sources of help or information.
Counsellors are trained to offer an empathic, non-judging and supportive approach (which friends and family may not offer). This allows you to draw upon your own (often hidden) resources and to develop a fresh approach.
With the skilful support of your counsellor, you learn more about yourself, how you communicate with others, and how to deal more effectively with life’s changes and problems.
You need to be able to commit to coming to counselling for at least six sessions, in order for you to gain from the experience.
- An initial assessment to identify the issues, to answer any questions you may have and to discuss what to expect from counselling.
- The opportunity to talk in confidence with a trained counsellor who is not personally involved.
- A chance to explore your situation from fresh angles.
- Help in working on your best course of action.
- Support while any change is made.
We work within the guidelines of the BACP (British Associations for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).