When times are tough, compassionate counselling is a way of working through persistent and complex issues, giving you time and space to heal and move on. Counselling is one-to-one support and help for a wide range of emotional health, and wellbeing issues. It is a journey of self-discovery, that allows you to become more aware of who you are and how you got to this point in your life. It offers an opportunity to change and come to terms with things in your life that have caused difficulties and disappointments.
Time and again research shows regardless of the theoretical orientation of your therapist, the best indicator for your therapy being useful to you, is whether or not you have a good therapeutic relationship with your counsellor. Therefore I always charge a reduced fee for our initial appointment, so we can meet and decide together what is the best way forward for you.
How counselling works
During your time with me, we will meet or speak each week on the telephone or using Skype to give you the time and space to explore the things you would like to change in your life, to discuss and work through any issues or memories that are troubling you and to ultimately enable you to move on and have a better relationship with yourself.
I tailor how I work to suit where you now whether you feel you are in crisis, you want a new direction in life, that things have gone on for so long and you would just like things to be different, or because your GP feels it would be helpful for you to talk to someone and express how you are feeling. These are all things that we can work with.
Counselling may be Short-Term for a fixed number of sessions (usually between 6 or 12 weeks) looking at a specific problem or issue, or longer-term for those with deep-rooted, ongoing or complex issues, where we can work together for as long as you require.
My counselling service is very flexible. I can work with you at a time that suits you in person, on the telephone or via Skype.
Only you can decide if now is the right time for you to engage with counselling, but talking to someone confidentially, like myself, who is a trained and experienced counsellor can make a difference. By looking round my website today you are taking the first step on that journey of self-discovery.
Self-help sheets for common issues
Below are some self-help sheets which you can download. They describe common mental health issues and suggest some emotional first aid you can try for yourself as well as what to do if you need more help:
Anxiety Depression Low Self-Esteem Grief Addiction Stress Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
'Thank you for working with me and making such a beneficial difference to my life.'
AB Counselling Client