Q: Wouldn’t I be better off just talking to a friend or family?
A: Of course talking to someone you know and trust is sensible. But often you will edit yourself for fear of causing hurt or worry, compromising others or appearing selfish or unprofessional, Therapy provides an entirely confidential, calm and neutral place to openly explore any issues or difficulties you are facing.
Q: Isn’t therapy very expensive and time consuming?
A: Even just a few sessions can be extremely helpful. You can come back weekly, monthly or even longer. I build a trusted relationship with my clients, some of whom come for sessions on and off for years, in the same way they have a physio for when they’re in pain or a GP for when they’re ill.
Q: Isn’t it a sign of weakness to need a therapist?
A: On the contrary. My clients are high functioning emotionally intelligent people who value their mental health and relationships as much as their physical health. They see having a therapist like having a doctor, dentist or other health professional.
Q: Isn’t therapy a place where I talk and I pay someone to just stay silent and listen?
You may have seen this in films or on TV, where the therapist says little and just nods from time to time. This isn’t the kind of therapy I practice. I create an interactive relationship with clients based on mutual trust and respect. I am straightforward, direct, honest and sometimes challenging. I ask the same from my clients. If you’re looking for a nodder then I’m probably not the right counsellor for you.
Q: You can always read a self help book, listen to podcasts or read up online.
A: Of course all these things can be useful. But there’s no substitute for working with an expert who can help you get to the root of issues, which when processed and understood at a deeper level, lead to a more satisfying outcome.
am professionally trained to help clients explore thoughts, feelings and behaviour, seeing them from a different perspective and identifying important themes in what may be a complex web of issues and emotions. Looking at past experiences and relationships can help unearth the origin of emotions such as sadness, guilt, shame, anxiety or anger.
I help clients identify their true needs and wants, and explore new possibilities. Brainstorming scenarios and setting goals can lead to change that is realistic and in keeping with personal values and practical constraints.
By helping clients understand the neuroscience behind anxiety, panic attacks and depression, there is often a drastic reduction in symptoms.
Counselling can help you explore how you relate to others such as your partner, family and colleagues. Improved communication skills and assertiveness will lead to more fulfilling relationships.
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