WHY COUNSELLING?
 

◊ Struggling with one or more of the following may lead a person to ask for help : depression; anxiety ; conflict ; addiction ; trauma ; loss….
◊ For others, the reason is less clear, linked to a general sense of unease with oneself and or in one's relationships
◊ However, whatever the motive, undertaking counselling is, in the end, a very personal decision.

Talking with friends and or family does not always enable us deal with the issues we may be struggling with, especially as these relationships may generate conflict and tension.

 
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
 

Firstly counselling is an opportunity for a person to express their personal and or relationship difficulties in the presence of a qualified professional, within a neutral and safe environment.

As a counsellor I work face to face with a person ; though phone sessions are also possible once a trusting working alliance is established. In the sessions, the person will have time and space to articulate their experience of the:

WHY of past events and representations, though I refrain from interpreting on 'why' as a constraining 'cause and effect' equation
WHAT of present day reality and relationships
WHEREFORE of future hopes and concerns

Secondly, therefore, counselling is a process enabling a person to gain more insight into:

◊ the personal and/or relationship issues that brought them into therapy
◊ the overall picture of their life, past and present, within the social/cultural context
◊ how they may advance towards a more adjusted way of living and being within themselves and with others