INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

HOW DOES INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING WORK?

First we clarify together your therapy goals

Counselling sessions are led by you, so that you never feel stressed to talk about things that you are not ready to talk about. I will give you a safe space to talk and I won’t judge you. I will try and help you make sense of things and understand yourself better.

I will also help you to resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them and recognize unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act, and find ways to change them (if you want to).

What can therapy help with?

Therapy can help you manage and cope with:
• Difficult life events, such as bereavement (losing someone close to you), or losing your job.
• Relationship problems.
• Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether it’s something recent or something that happened a long time ago.
• Difficult emotions, such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem.
• Depression and anxiety..
• Long-term physical health problems.

Counselling for men

As a therapist I am equally experienced in working with male and female clients. Status and identity are common concerns for men, and counselling for men is a field of interest and experience in my work with clients. There are still so many expectations from ourselves and others about what a man should be.

Research shows that men are far less likely to have therapy. I know myself, I thought it was not for me until a life -changing event forced me to seek help. My luck was in finding a male counsellor and when I started to talk to him, I regretted not coming earlier.

Some people think that therapy is an extreme option…

Some people think that therapy is an extreme option, and that unless things get really bad you should try to manage on your own. But this isn’t true. It’s okay to try therapy at any point in your life, whatever your background.

In fact counselling from a therapist when you’re not at crisis point can be really helpful – it might feel easier to reflect on what’s going on, and could help you keep things from getting worse.