There are many different schools and branches of counselling. Find out more on the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) website here. It can feel a bit overwhelming when you are choosing a counsellor. In all schools, counselling offers a space to express and explore your thoughts and feelings. You are likely to gain new insights and building a better relationship with yourself, with life and with others in your life.
Counselling or Psychotherapy is not a substitute to talking to the people we already have in our lives. However often the people that we talk to will have their own opinion about what we should do or have vested interests in our choices, as perhaps friends or family should. But a counsellor plays a different role, being independent. They focus more on helping you to find your way through your dilemmas and circumstances, rather than giving advice and being “the expert”. Of course, there may be some practices and suggestions which you could find helpful.
I offer counselling in Malvern. We will talk about what challenges you are facing. Sometimes it is useful to explore what is happening in the ‘here-and-now’ of the session. Sometimes it is helpful to look back and see where a difficulty might have started, perhaps in your earlier life. I will listen carefully and seek to help understand your situation. I may offer alternative perspectives, and sometimes challenge. At the heart of my practice is the understanding that our relationship is a key component for a beneficial experience of therapy. It is hard to describe exactly what a counselling session is like, so best to try a session and take it from there. You can contact me to book a session here.