There are many reasons why someone may seek the help of a counsellor. Throughout life, most people will face difficult life experiences, which can be very painful to cope with. It could be that you have lost direction in your life, are finding it hard to cope with changes, have suffered a loss, or you just can't move on from past events. You may have feelings and thoughts that are distressing and confusing. You may feel that you do not want to talk with family or friends. Talking to a trained counsellor will give you the opportunity to look at any aspect of yourself that is causing you concern. The counsellor will provide you with a safe, confidential environment and offer a supportive relationship based on trust and respect, where you will have the opportunity to express yourself, how you have been feeling and the thoughts you have been having.
There are many different types of counselling and it is important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor and their way of working. I am a Person-centred counsellor, which is a non-directive approach. This means I will not direct the counselling process, tell you what I think you should do, or give you advice. Working in a person-centred way, I have a deep respect for the uniqueness of everyone and a deep sense of trust that you have the resources and answers to enable you to move forward. What I will provide you with is an environment which can help you find the answers and draw on your own inner resources. I will not judge you, this can help you to explore issues that previously you have been unable to do so. I will really try to understand what life is like for you and the feelings you may express, and I will alway share this understanding with you. This can help you gain a deeper understanding of your situation, gain new insights and look at things from a different perspective. What I feel to be most important, is that I will offer a genuine, working relationship which draws from my own sense of humanity.
In my counselling work with Young People, I would offer the same kind of relationship as with Adult clients, however I have additional skills and experience which has enabled me to engage with Young People with a deeper understanding of this particular time of life, and the particular issues that may be relevant for them during this time. If it was appropriate for the Young Person, I may incorporate the use of Play and Art Materials as an alternative way for them to express themeselves during counselling.
What to expect from Counselling
Counselling can be a painful process, but it will be entirely up to you how much you want to share during counselling. The following are some of the ways counselling can help you with.
Being able to see things more clearly.
Looking at problems from a different perspective.
Making important decisions.
Gaining a deeper understanding of yourself.
It can be a place where you have unlocked painful feelings, allowing you to move forward.
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