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How do I know if I need counselling?

Only you know the real answer to this. However, some signs that you could benefit from counselling, might be that you are struggling to cope and are finding day-to-day life difficult. Talking to someone confidentially who isn't a friend or family member can make a big difference. Having a regular time and space to explore what's really going on for you can allow you to move forward and get the most out of your life.

I offer a free initial consultation in which we can work out if counselling is the right course of action for you. 

How do I know which counsellor to choose?

There are lots of things to look for, but the first is to ensure your counsellor is qualified by checking the directory on their professional body.

The next step is to arrange an initial meeting with them. During the session and afterwards ask yourself:

Can I see their credentials?

Do I feel comfortable?

Do I trust them?

Are they making me feel uncomfortable?

Where are they operating from? Even if it is online, does it look like a professional set-up?

Can I have my sessions when and where I want them?

Would I recommend them to a friend?

Do we seem like a good fit?

What happens in a counselling session?

Your counsellor provides a safe, confidential environment in which you explore your issues. They are highly trained in listening and reflecting. You are free to discuss what you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, and thoughts, to regrets, aspirations, memories and dreams.

What is Humanistic Therapy?

Humanistic therapies focus on the individual and help them to notice any recognise their own choice, creativity and strengths. To be able to recognise and identifying any blocks that are preventing you from achieving your full potential. This leads to individual growth, self-development and understanding your own responsibilities.

How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?

The length of your work with your counsellor depends on your unique situation and what you hope to achieve. Most clients find that 12 sessions is a good initial length of time to commit to. However, some people attend for months or even years as new issues can arise. It is best to discuss your expectations in your initial consultation and review regularly with your counsellor.

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