Counselling & Psychotherapy
Sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed and feel unable to cope with life; there might seem to be no reason to it, or perhaps you have experienced something which has changed your life or your outlook on things. You may experience anxiety, depression, no longer feel able to enjoy yourself as you once did or have fulfilling relationships. Perhaps something happened in your life a long time ago and it seemed like you could cope, or function well until now?
What is therapy and counselling?
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
There are many different types of therapy available and your therapist will be able to talk to you about their particular method or approach. However in general, research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is more important than the method they use. One of the advantages of seeking a therapist in private practice is that you have the opportunity to find what feels like the right fit for you.
How will therapy make me feel?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.
What should I expect?
You will most likely begin with an assessment session. In this first meeting your therapist will want to take some basic information, such as contact details etc as well as hearing about what is going on for you at the moment. It is your choice what you tell your therapist; however it may be helpful to give them an idea of what has brought you to counselling to enable the process to be effective. This is also an opportunity for you to ‘assess’, how you feel sitting with your therapist.
You may be looking for short term support (for example 6 sessions) or you may wish to continue onto longer term, open ended work. Generally a therapy session is 50 minutes long and held on a weekly basis, on the same day/time each week.
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