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What is Counselling and What Happens When you Make an Initial Appointment?

The decision to start counselling can be a difficult one.  Sometimes we find ourselves struggling to cope throughout each day due to circumstances or life events.  At other times we simply feel low without being able to say why.  It is often helpful to seek out someone we trust, maybe a close friend, who we can talk to, share our feelings, and discuss the way forward.  At other times we may feel the need for some more structured support from a skilled professional in the form of a number of counselling sessions.
A counselling session is a one-to-one meeting between myself, a qualified counsellor, and you.  Usually lasting for 50 minutes, the counselling session is a safe space for us to develop a supportive relationship and help you to explore your issues, thoughts and feelings.  The relationship will contain many of the same qualities as the supportive friendship mentioned above but within a more formal setting where the boudaries of time and confidentiality are more clearly stated.  This is to create the safest possible environment for you to explore.
Usually when you make an initial enquiry I will contact you for a brief discussion to help you make a decision about whether I am the right counsellor for you.  If you decide to go ahead we will have an initial appointment which we call an 'assessment'.  This can sound a little like being diagnosed with an illness but it's actually a chance for you and I to meet, discuss what you hope for and expect from your counselling, and for me to communicate how I work in more detail.  This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether I am the right counsellor for you.  If you would like to make an initial enquiry click the link opposite and I will call you as soon as I can to see how I can help.



“When I first came into counselling I felt so alone and unable to cope with normal things every day.  I got so much out of just being listened to without being judged”

Male Client age 24

“When I started therapy I felt like I was trapped and had no hope for the future.  My relationships were aweful.  Now I feel like I've found the real me and that people accept me for who I am.  Thank you so much for all of your help.”

Female Client age 33

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