01 What can counselling do for me?
Attaining a better understanding of your goals and values
Developing new skills to manage anxiety, panic, or depression
Finding new ways to communicate
Moving on from challenging periods in life through emotional growth
Improving anger management skills in relationships or at work
Making changes to substance use or other compulsive behaviour
Increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence
Setting limits in your relationships, within your family and at work
02 Do I really need therapy? I have managed my problems in the past.
Everyone encounters challenging situations at times, and while you may have solved difficulties problems in the past, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
Counselling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realise and admit they need help, and that i Psychotherapy provides benefits and support that continue after treatment ends through increased confidence, skills, and self-knowledge.
03 Why do people use counselling and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different reasons for exploring the possibilities of Counselling. Some may have become suddenly unemployed, facing a divorce, or starting a new job. These are all stressful situations and, often, people need help handling the stress.
Other people need help increasing self-esteem and body-image or decreasing depression, anxiety, addictions, panic, or obsessive thinking.
Counselling can help provide the necessary extra encouragement and help to endure a crisis or change patterns.
Many people find that Counselling is an effective method of learning more about themselves and achieving their goals in life.
On the most basic level, people seeking Counselling are ready and willing to meet the challenges in their lives and make changes.
04 What about medication vs counselling?
It is well established that the long-term solution to emotional problems and pain cannot be solved only with medication, although a combination of medication and psychotherapy can offer significant relief for people who are suffering. This is recognised by the medical profession.
Counselling addresses the causes of emotional difficulty and the behaviour patterns that can unintentionally perpetuate problems and pain.
Counselling sometimes is recommended by family doctors when medical causes for physical pain cannot be precisely determined.
Sometimes Counselling improves physical health when people are treating medical problems with medication, for example migraines or chronic pain.
05 Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is the basis of the work done by a Client and Counsellor.
Successful therapy requires the development of trust and understanding with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the Counselling room.
I provide a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. In this I am also regulated by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Sometimes, however, you may want me as your Counsellor to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, such as your General Practitioner or Consultant. As your Counsellor I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.