What is counselling?
Being self-aware and having the capability to think and feel is part of what makes us human. These abilities mean we are able to interpret, think and respond to our life in different ways.
Because of this there is scope for the way we think and for events in our lives to become a problem, affecting our emotions, the way we live and our relationships at home and work. Sometimes we are responding to trauma, to loss or big upheavals. Sometimes we start to feel empty and alone, for no identifiable reason. Sometimes the world feels too crowded and we begin to feel panicky and on edge.
It is important to remember in all of this that there is no normal, that what may be an issue for one person is not for another. That we are a collection of stories and experiences from our past with unique ways of living our lives in the present.
Counselling helps us sort out the bits of those stories and experiences are causing us problems, making us feel sad or anxious or causing us to withdraw from our life. In individual counselling I will listen to you without judgement and with empathy. I may give you things to do or I may use creative tools to explore the issue. The aim is to provide a place where you begin to feel you are not alone on your journey and that someone is listening and helping you along the way.