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What is Counselling?

Counselling is a form of support which can be useful in many ways. It can support you to:

· Talk about your thoughts and feelings

· Gain awareness and understanding

· Work out what changes you could make

· Improve your overall health

· Raise your self-esteem and self-confidence

· Feel more positive about your future

· Get more from life

Sometimes it can be hard to talk to people who are close to you. Maybe you feel embarrassed talking about some things to friends and family. Perhaps they feel they have to fix the problem for you. Or you don’t want to burden them. Or they don’t understand. Friends and family find it hard to be impartial.

A counsellor will listen to you without judging and will help you find your own solutions.

Counselling offers you a space to talk about things freely, in your own way, without judgement, and allows you to decide what, if anything, you wish to change.

For all of us, life is a series of ups and downs. Having someone there to listen to us, and understand us during the ‘downs’ of life can help us to cope and find our way back up. By talking about how you feel and what difficulties you are struggling with, the counsellor will give you the time and space to explore your options and find your own solutions. Gaining awareness can help you feel more in control of your life. In this way you can begin to see life differently and feel at peace with yourself.

I believe that you are the expert on your life. While I am trained to provide the optimum conditions for effective therapy, the counselling relationship is a collaborative process which can enable you to reach your full potential.

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