How counselling works
Often people come to counselling when they've tried all other options of coping (such as speaking to family, friends, their GP etc), and feel stuck about what to do next.
Counselling is based on the idea that by sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences with someone in a safe non-judgemental environment, you can begin to process them. Processing your experiences means staying with them long enough to make sense of them which can then generate insight and sometimes new choices. Often distress is caused in a relationship with someone else e.g. a parent, partner, friend, sibling etc and therefore working through your feelings in a therapeutic relationship can help to remedy this. This is why it’s important that you choose a counsellor who you feel is a good fit with your personality and way of working.
Benefits of counselling
By sharing your thoughts, feelings and or experiences with a counsellor you can choose to:
- Express thoughts and feelings which have been suppressed or kept hidden.
- Take a step back from your experiences and gain new insight.
- Use the counsellor as a sounding board for ideas and benefit from their impartiality.
- Spend time each week in safe non-judgmental caring environment.
- Be the centre of someone’s attention rather than always looking after others.
- By experiencing the above conditions, you can create new choices in your life which can then bring about change.
Past clients have been amazed that this process can help bring about changes to themselves which they hadn't thought possible. If you're not sure whether counselling is right for you, don't hesitate to contact me by clicking here.