Counselling FAQs

What is counselling?

There are many different types of counselling, but essentially counselling provides you with a safe and confidential to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns . A counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.

A counsellor will not give you advice or tell you what to do. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. You can find out more on the BACP website.

How do I find a counsellor?

It is important that you find a counsellor who is right for you. This useful article by Dr Astrid Coxon guides you through the process here.

What kind of counselling do you offer?

I am a person centred counsellor. Person centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Key to person centred counselling is me offering you a non-judgemental and accepting and empathic space where you and I can be genuine with each other.  I will encourage you to explore and reflect on your life experiences and challenging feelings. We will look together at any obstacles that may be causing you difficulties and what you might do to make changes. 

Ultimately, the aim of person centred counselling is for you to understand more about your self and your experiences and therefore feel better able to take control of your life and find new ways forward. Sessions will always be led by you rather than directed by me.

What issues do you work with?

I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and stress, relationship difficulties, issues around sexuality, life transitions, bereavement and loss.   

I have an interest in working with younger adults and students as I know, from experience, that this stage of life can be challenging to navigate.

I have experience of academic study related issues including perfectionism, procrastination and motivation issues. I have also worked with students who have low self confidence and social anxiety.

I don't take clients who are at risk of serious harm to themselves.

How long will I need counselling?

This will depend on what you want to explore and is something we can discuss in your first session. I will usually suggest you start with 6 sessions and we can then review how counselling is working for you. We will continue to review our work regularly so that you are getting what you need from counselling. It will always be your decision when to finish counselling.

How do I get the most from counselling?

Counselling involves you spending your time, money and emotional energy, so it is important that you get what you need from it. A helpful article about getting the most from your sessions can be found here. This article provides some useful pointers about getting the most from your sessions.