What is Counselling?
Counselling is a type of "talking therapy" which can help people with many difficulties in life. It is a confidential, professional, therapeutic relationship between two (or sometimes more) people in a safe, secure, environment.
It is a unique relationship as the focus is on the relationship that develops between you and the counsellor which allows you to begin to look at the difficulties you may have arrived with.
The counsellor is non directive, which means that you, as a client, lead the way and determine the direction of your counselling sessions.
Rather than offering advice, counselling can enable you to gain insight into your own issues and to find your own answers. By taking the time and space needed to explore your thoughts and feelings, you can shift, untangle or resolve issues that have been causing you difficulty. It can be an empowering experience and can help you to gain confidence and strength in your own capabilities.
Counsellors are trained to recognise each person as an individual, accepting the strengths and difficulties in a respectful, non-judgemental manner.
Counselling is a confidential process with very few exceptions to this rule. Exceptions will be discussed at initial sessions but include the sharing of the content of counselling sessions with a counselling supervisor ( a professional requirement) and if it becomes clear that there is a serious risk to you or another. Breaching confidentiality is taken very seriously and every attempt would be made to avoid doing so.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am committed to working within and am accountable to their ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling’.
Many people find counselling can be life changing and can create possibilities and opportunities for real change.