Counselling - What You Can Expect
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2007 and currently I work in Private Practice and as a School Counsellor. I am predominately Person-Centred Trained, working face-to-face or Outdoor in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and Electronically/Online from anywhere in the UK and Europe. (Please click on the links for more information)
The theory behind the person-centred model is that over time, we move away from our real selves: whether this is from experiences, other people's conditions, or not expressing our true thoughts or feelings. So, through empathy and genuine warmth, I would support you or your child to become aware and begin becoming the person you want to be.
Due to this, there is huge emphasis on the importance of the relationship. It is vital for you or your child to feel comfortable enough to be truly open to fully experience counselling, so it is essential you feel a connection with me, and of course, I with you. This is why I advocate for initial shorter meeting, so we can get a sense on whether we both feel I am the counsellor for you.
I also use art and other creative methods such as:
While I also make sure I am non-directive and that I help you to explore your own findings. Art and creativity help to identify hidden thoughts and feelings that are difficult to verbalise. It also helps children communicate with me when verbalising is too much.
Usually we will either talk via email or over the telephone, before choosing whether we want to meet face-to-face or online. It'll be here that we will get a sense of whether we feel a connection and decided whether we both feel I am the counsellor for you or your child: We will also decided which type of sessions you would prefer or benefit most from. Either traditionally in a room, electronically or outdoors. Due to the different qualities they all bring, during our time together, I may suggest trying the different methods, but ultimately that will be your choice
How Counselling Can Help
In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased person
While counsellors may not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, what they will do is help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools which will help you to resolve them on your own.
In the majority of cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you're facing. Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.
Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing, so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive. Counselling can also help you better understand other people's point of view, which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions. - Counselling Directory
'The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences, particularly those the experiences which affect our sense of value.' - Carl Rogers. - Founder of the person-centred model