How can Counselling help you?
Individual Counselling focuses on the issues that are unique to you. It provides you a safe and confidential environment to talk openly without prejudice. As an integrative counsellor I work from different modalities meaning I tailor the counselling to meet your individual wants and needs, by doing this it allows you to explore past, present and future problems. There are many stereotypes about what counselling entails but counselling is what you make it, whether you want to gain understanding around your behaviours, thought processes and emotions, are looking to make changes in your life or just need a safe place to talk, counselling can help you.
What are the benefits of Counselling?
There are many benefits to counselling, some of which are listed above, to ensure you gain the best experience in counselling it is important that you find a counsellor who can meet you needs.
What to look for in a counsellor.
Finding a counsellor who is a registered member of an ethical organisation such as The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, or The National Counselling Society, is important as it means your counsellor holds all the necessary qualifications. However, there are many other organisations, these are just two that are well known within counselling. Your Counsellor should also be registered with the Information Commissioners Office and hold Public Liability and Indemnity insurance.
When searching for a counsellor, it is best to use sites such as CTUK, Counselling Directory and Psychology Today, these sites allow you to search your local area and search terms to find counsellors who can meet your specific needs. Remember to ask questions when speaking to a counsellor, no question is silly.
When meeting a Counsellor it is important to discuss the therapeutic contract so you know what obligations you and your counsellor hold, it is important you feel comfortable with your counsellor and that the counsellor is genuine, non-judgemental and creates a health environment. You want to be able to talk openly within sessions without awkwardness or feeling judged.
It doesn't matter what you bring to counselling, what matters is that you feel heard, valued and you are supported. If you don't feel as though your counsellor meets this criteria it is worth speaking to them about, a good counsellor will explore this with you and if you feel it is necessary will support you to find the right counsellor for you. Remember Counselling isn't a one size fits all.
When you find the right counsellor, enjoy the time you have, take the issues you wish to discuss, and be yourself. Your true self.
If you have any questions around counselling or how it can help you can contact us via email or call on 0191 704 2135