What is counselling – counselling is a relationship between two people. It is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding. It takes place when a client sees a therapist in a confidential setting to examine a difficulty. It enables the client to explore aspects of their lives, and their feelings freely with someone who does not judge. This type of relationship is rarely possible with family or friends. By listening attentively and patiently the therapist can begin to see the problem not only from the client’s point of view but often from a different perspective, enabling clarification and understanding of the situation. This can help the client to make changes or reduce confusion.
Theoretical approach – my approach is psychodynamic which works by bringing into consciousness the clients true thoughts and feelings, which previously had been held in their unconscious. It allows clients to develop insight into deep rooted problems stemming from their childhood. With insight and awareness the process of change can occur.
Ethics & Confidentiality – as a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am bound by the code of Ethics and Practice and subject to its Complaints Procedures.
Confidentiality & Supervision – the content of the session is confidential, unless I am concerned about my client or another’s safety. As part of my ethical responsibility I attend regular supervision and am committed to on-going training.
Initial Consultation – an initial consultation lasts for an hour and a half. It offers clients the opportunity to explore what they want from therapy. It allows time for them to ask questions about the process and to consider whether they wish to undertake it.