I think I’d like to come and see a counsellor. But tell me more about counselling and what does a counsellor does…

What is counselling?

Counselling provides time and space for you to explore how you think and feel about what is happening to you; it is not about a counsellor giving you advice. I will listen and reflect on your exploration of difficult areas in your life. Together we will work on developing resources to help you.

What is person centred counselling?

Person centred counselling recognises that everyone has the potential to grow and develop to become the best that they can. To enable this to happen I provide a secure, trusting relationship where you can discuss your concerns without the fear of being judged. You will be able to explore and work with me to bring new understanding to your situation as I reflect honestly on what I hear. You will be supported through the process of change as you make sense of what has happened and decide how you can help yourself.

There are many different approaches to counselling and you can find more details about them here.

What sort of issues do you cover?

I can work with you in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Child related issues
  • Emotional abuse
  • Personal difficulties
  • Self esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Confidence
  • Family
  • Redundancy
  • Work related issues
  • Bullying
  • Divorce & separation
  • Managing change
  • Retirement

Is counselling confidential?

Counselling sessions are confidential and information is not disclosed without permission from you, the exception being circumstances where I am legally required to do so. If your employer has referred you, or you have been referred by your GP, they will know you are attending but they will not be told what has been discussed.

As a member of BACP I have a supervisor who talks to me about my work. Supervision is for the safety of clients to ensure they have the best service, but I will not identify you in these discussions.

I do not work with people I know, colleagues or those who have very close links to people I know.

What happens during a counselling session?

You have the opportunity to talk about your concerns and issues; you can make sense of your feelings. You will be met with acceptance and understanding; whether you want to cry or laugh you will not be judged and you can be yourself. As counsellor I will accept your decision to talk about current issues or things from the past; it is up to you.

Where do you work?

Redditch, Worcestershire, just south of Birmingham, from the M42 junction 3. [See Practicalities]

Do you offer any other support?

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