If you are approaching therapy for the first time you may feel a little unsure what to expect and perhaps a little anxious. I see one of my tasks as helping you to feel at ease. To help out, below you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions.
What actually happens in the course of a session?
There is no typical counselling session. It is time set aside for you and what you talk about will vary according to your needs. You are free to speak about whatever you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, thoughts, regrets, aspirations, and memories in a confidential, private, safe place. What you may bring to therapy maybe a recent, or current event, or something from your past that is affecting you in the present moment. Sometimes clients don't even know why they are feeling sad, angry, owerwhelmed, unsure, stuck or dissatisfied with the way they are living. Counselling can serve as a safe space to bring to life the causes of concern that often remain hidden. A large part of our work would be to explore, understand and clarify periods of time when the path does not seem clear.
During our work together I will respond in a positive, constructive and non-judgmental way to the matters you wish to talk about. I will ask questions to deepen and clarify our mutual understanding of you and your life. I will also help you to find coping strategies and plans of action whilst supporting you throughout with the changes you wish to make. It is difficult to be more specific because so much depends on the issues you bring.