What is Counselling?


Counselling is often described as ‘the talking therapy’. It is a process designed to provide clients with the time and space to explore, understand or come to terms with the issues they have. This is done in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.
 
Counselling is not advice giving, more, helping you look at what is possible whilst avoiding telling you what to do. Its about you as the client gaining control and not the counsellor taking control.  A counsellor answering the question ‘What would you advise me to do?’ with ‘What ideas do you have?’  is helping the client to explore and recognise that they have a part to play in the therapy and need to seek their own answers from within.
 
Counselling has many different approaches; Humanistic, Person-Centred Therapy, Cognative Behaverial Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt Therapy, to name but a few. I am primarily a humanistic counsellor, but work in an integrative style, which means I will tailor each session to suit your individual needs using one or all of the different counselling models. My humanistic approach will ensure you are listened to, valued and respected.