WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling is a safe space where you can explore and express thoughts and feelings through dialogue with someone who will support you and care for you in complete confidence and without judgement. Together with your therapist, Kathryn, you might look at a problem in different ways until solutions are found. Difficult emotions can be expressed in ways which allow them gradually to be released and processed.
Counselling helps in response to life events which involve losing something significant, for example the breakup of a relationship, a bereavement, the loss of a job or home. It supports the process of grieving and enables someone to deal most effectively with changes in their life. As the therapist helps his or her client to adapt to new circumstances, they find that they are increasingly able to plan and make the best next steps.
Counselling is also useful for reflecting on past events and behaviours and then finding practical solutions for existing problems or difficulties. The core belief is that the solutions to our problems are within us, but sometimes we struggle to find them because strong feelings can get in the way. Habitual ways of thinking and behaving which are no longer helpful to us can confuse us or keep us from moving forward.
Talking about it through counselling helps someone to find out what is best for them and supports them in letting go, moving on and dealing differently with the things which trouble them.
Together with you, her client, Kathryn may also use hypnotherapy and/or psychotherapy, as well as mindfulness techniques, where this is helpful in supporting the aims of counselling.
It’s about processing difficult feelings, navigating through life’s challenges and finding what is right for you going forward