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What happens in counselling

Counselling is a process that seeks to help you focus on and understand more clearly the issues that concern or trouble you. The counsellor's role is to offer support and understanding, and to listen and respond in a non-judgmental way. S/he will respect your values, choices and lifestyle. Counselling can help you explore your feelings and discover what lies behind whatever seems troubling or confusing. Counselling can also help with making decisions, choices or changes that are right for you.

What sort of problems can be helped through counselling?

Most personal, relationship or identity problems can be helped through counselling. This includes anxiety, stress and depression, family and/or relationship difficulties, sexual problems and identity issues. Counselling can also help with other issues such as: adjusting to a new culture, dealing with dilemmas, making difficult decisions or choices, as well as more specific problems such as bereavement and difficulties affecting work, including bullying and harassment.

Don't wait until a problem has grown very serious - we would much rather you came when something is relatively minor, so that it can be resolved more quickly.

Why do people attend counselling?

  • Following a traumatic event
  • Death of a loved one
  • Threat to one’s safety
  • Relationship difficulty / breakdown
  • Illness
  • Behavioural problems
  • Addiction
  • Crisis, financial/emotional/spiritual/physical
  • A desire to know oneself at a deeper level
  • Referral from work, doctor, courts

 

How long does it take?

Counselling is a slow process and as it goes at the pace of the client, the time required is as individual as the client themselves.

Will the therapist just tell me what’s wrong and how to fix it?

Counselling is fundamentally about the empowerment of individuals to journey to the depths of themselves in the presence of a witness to allow the emergence of areas in ones life which require attention, in order to allow healing to take place. In this way, it is not for the therapist to ‘tell’ the client what is wrong.

The job of the therapist is to meet the client in the place that they are and to provide an environment which enables the client to hold onto their own power and to recognise that when speaking about themselves, they are the only expert in the room.

How can I make an appointment?

While many clients are referred through GPs and other medical professionals, clients can also make appointments directly (commonly known as ‘self referral’). Some of the advantages of this are that the client hold onto their own power and can research a number of  therapists and see who they feel they would work best with, and what kind of therapy they feel would best suit them. Making that decision to ask for help can be a powerful turning point in ones life. Making an empowered and informed decision can enhance the impact of reaching out and the start of a new journey even further.

Counselling in essence is the space provided and facilitated by the therapist where through relationship the client can explore the depths of themselves free from judgement, in a movement towards growth.

Within this space a trusting and genuine relationship is formed where the client is heard and held and so feels safe enough to begin the journey toward autonomy and wholeness.
Often in order to survive, losses and wounds sustained in life are pushed aside and buried. While not part our conscious lives these pains may strive to be heard through illness, behavioural problems, addiction, relationship difficulty.  In counselling the client is affirmed and empowered to reconnect with these cut of parts of self and to allow the expression of feeling and emotion needed to reconnect with that lost part of self.
The reasons why people present for counselling are varied. For some it may follow a traumatic event such as the death of a loved one, a threat to ones safety, relationship difficulties/breakdown, addiction, financial crisis, re-emergence of past traumas. For others it may come to pass when a person finds themselves at a crossroads in life and is in need of a safe reflective space. For some it may be as a result of a referral from a medical professional, the courts, at the request of friends, family, or employer. For others it may be a need to deepen ones personal awareness and enhance ones life journey. Whatever the reason, it is a space for self care, soul care and an opportunity to journey further towards becoming and accepting your true self.

Counselling and psychotherapy mean to care for oneself/soul care.

Counselling is an ongoing process that takes place through relationship. The work is facilitated by the therapist and carried out by the client. The session itself may work on bringing to awareness, areas of the clients life and wounding which may previously have been repressed in order to protect from the pain involved. In this way a lot of feelings and emotions may arise as the client reconnects with these previously cut off parts of themselves. The session is used to bring these parts of the self into consciousness and to allow connections to be made by the client. During the end of the session through summarising the integration process can begin to take place. This is not confined to the session but continues beyond as the clients sits and works with what has emerged and the impact of that emergence.

 

How We Work

I mainly practice and work from a person centred approach, integrating a range of different approaches, to facilitate our work together. I believe the therapeutic relationship between us is fundamental for change to occur. I offer a warm, safe, respectful, non judgmental environment, where you can feel supported exploring the difficulties you are experiencing. I respect your individuality and value diversity. I believe you have the choices to make changes, which can enhance your life and relationships. I offer individual sessions for young people (teenage) and adults, for the duration of 50 minutes. I offer an initial meeting, where we can meet each other and discuss what has bought you to counselling. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss what you would hope to achieve through having counselling.  It is important that you feel comfortable to work with me, if you do, and wish to have further sessions, I offer a contract, which enables us to work therapeutically together, I ask that you commit to 6 sessions, then we can review our work together.This may mean we have come to a natural end, or you may feel you want to continue with the counselling.  I will respect whatever you decide. Evening sessions are also available.I look forward to hearing from you and being of some help to you along your journey.

 

Areas of Therapy 

    • Abortion
    • Abuse
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Bereavement Counselling
    • Bullying
    • Career Change
    • Child Related Issues
    • Depression
    • Disabilities
    • Dementia
    • Domestic Violence
    • Emotional Abuse
    • Elderly 
    • Family Issues
    • Low Self-Confidence
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Pregnancy Counselling
    • Physical Abuse
    • Relationship Issues
    • Separation and Divorce
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Sexuality
    • Stress 
    • Spirituality
    • Trauma
    • Weight Loss
    • Work Related Issues

     

    We Cover Counselling Services in Preston |  Leyland | Chorley | Lytham | Blackpool | Blackburn | Clithoroe | Garstang | Broughton | Lancaster.


    Face to Face | Telephone Counselling | Skype Online | Home Visits, are available for those who are homebound or have other particular reasons for preferring a home visit.