I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and a wealth of learning from the School of Life!
Why the lotus? These flowers need the mud at the bottom of the pond to grow. Like us, it’s often the ‘muck’ we’d rather not be facing that provides an opportunity for us to grow and learn new things about ourselves, others and about life, as painful as that might be. It is at times like this that we might seek counselling.
Will talking to someone help? Why can’t I sort this on my own? What can I expect from counselling?
Especially if you have never been to counselling before, these might be some of your questions and you might be feeling quite nervous about getting in touch. Often we are taught that we “should” manage on our own, but life is not like this. Facing difficulties and seeking help when you need it is an act of courage!
What can you expect?
Often it is best to experience a session and see how you find it, but it can be daunting if counselling is new to you. Counselling offers you a supportive and confidential space to talk about what’s happening in your life. It’s a space to feel what you need to feel, and say what you need to say. Together, we will attempt to unravel ‘knotted’ areas in your life, explore and seek understanding, and find ways forward at your pace. Counselling sessions can involve looking at how things are for you currently and also seeking to understand where the issues may have started, possibly in your earlier life.