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aims of counselling
We live in a busy and stressful world, and it can make us feel as if no-one has time to listen. So when you’re faced with personal problems or conflicts, or simply wish to explore your inner thoughts and feelings, you may feel reluctant to ask for family and friends’ help. It is in such situations that professional counselling can be helpful. Seeking counselling can be a positive step towards making changes. Having a dedicated time to talk and be listened to by someone trained for that purpose can help bring insight, perspective and a greater sense of wellbeing to your life, as well as enrich your relationships.

what kinds of problems and issues can be explored?
Some of the issues people bring to counselling are:
relationship problems
problems at work, school or college
anxiety
depression
issues relating to confidence and sense of self
bereavement
Each of us responds differently to difficult situations, and with gentle exploration, a counsellor will enable you to make sense of your current circumstances, both in light of your past experiences, and belief systems.

is it right for me?
This will be discussed in an initial session. If, during this session, it becomes clear that counselling is not the best way forward for you, alternative options can be discussed.

will it help?
Counselling is a cooperative process in which client and counsellor work together towards a desired outcome. In addition to the potential to resolve particular issues, counselling can also be a process of self discovery, rich with the sense of fulfillment personal growth can bring.

how long will it take?
This will depend to some extent on the presenting problem. An individual wishing to resolve a specific issue may be able to reach a resolution within a few sessions. Sometimes a client will wish to take more time to explore in depth an aspect of his or her life that makes them unhappy.

confidentiality
Everything discussed during counselling is confidential, apart from rare instances which will be explained in the initial consultation.


* brief explanation of the term “psychodynamic
The psychodynamic model of counselling uses the relationship between the client and the counsellor to gain insight into relationship patterns which began to evolve in childhood. Memories and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current difficulties. As understanding, empathy and trust develop between client and counsellor, the client becomes more aware of the unconscious defense mechanisms that influence his or her behaviour, thus encouraging a process of change and personal growth.

 

a time to reflect a space to grow