The goal of counselling is to facilitate personal growth and change. Counselling is not about advice, rather it is someone walking along side you, supporting you when things are tough to get perspective. The benefit about counselling rather than talking to friends and family is that the sessions are confidential and the counsellor is non judgemental, accepting, trained in facilitating growth and does not have an agenda in the situation. Counselling helps us take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
My role is to provide the right environment to give you the time and space to process thoughts and feelings. For me, acceptance, empathy and genuineness are important to achieve change. I am a Person-Centred Counsellor which means that I believe you have the inner resources to resolve the current issue. I will work with you to access these resources.
It is important to me that you feel comfortable to discuss anything that is important to you. Everyone uses the counselling space differently, some sessions are quiet, others are full of conversations. There is no right or wrong and everyone is welcome.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes. On your first session, we will go through the confidentiality agreement and cancellation policy. Counselling is confidential and information is not shared unless under certain circumstances which will be explained. I will ask you to fill in a small questionnaire to get a snapshot of where you are at and find out what you want to get out of the sessions.
Counselling can be short or long term. On average, counselling lasts between 4 – 8 sessions. Some people want to look at one aspect of their life and others are sharing something that they have never discussed with anyone else. Some people return to counselling to look at a different aspect of their lives .