Counselling is about
"Letting go of the limitations of your past. To see your past as what needed to happen for you to become you."
People who seek counselling often feel confused, distressed, depressed, frightened or unhappy. Counselling is a sensitive healing therapy that offers support for those experiencing difficulties, providing an opportunity for you to discuss and explore your issues (past/present) in a confidential, non-judgmental, safe and respectful setting which can pave the way for a journey of self discovery, fulfilment, and recovery. Counselling is a process that allows you to work through issues that may be causing you distress, to explore debilitating and distructive life patterns in personal, family, and other significant relationships. The role of the counsellor is to listen, understand and help you to find solutions to your problem. To assist and empower you to gain practical support to deal with those issues. More helpful information can be found under 'Usefull information tab"
One of the results of suppressing troubled thoughts and feelings is that it can lead to the suppressed problem becoming internalised. This internalisation can lead to unexplained worries, anxieties, niggling physical symptoms, aches and pains, distrubed sleep, and even digestive disorders.
Counselling is a time for you to be listened to and to be heard. It does not involve giving advice. Instead it allows you space and time to explore your personal issues with a skilled therapist in a gentle restorative healing relationship. To look at the available options to help manage your distress. It will also help you develop positive coping strategies working towards change, self empowerment, and clarity. Counselling can also help you to develop your own inner resources to deal with the issues going forward and reduce or eliminate stress from life.
Counselling is a unique and objective relationship that works at your own pace. I offer a gender neutral practice working with both male and female clients. However I have included a seperate section on male issues to help encourage men to seek counselling. This page can also help women identify, recognise and seek help from damaging behaviours within their relationships, both for 'themselves' their 'children' and their 'partners'.
World Health Organisations Definition of Mental health: ‘a state of well-being’
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO's 2011 definition of health as contained in its constitution: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
BACP Definition of Counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.