What is Counselling?
Active listening is the the most important aspect of the counsellor's role.
It enables clients to talk about their problems, however big or small.
As an integrative counsellor, I have been trained in distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy. Sometimes I will be more active, offering suggestions for further ways of exploring or beginning to resolve your problems, and occasionally less active allowing the process to evolve; it will always be at your pace.
What kind of problems can I talk about?
It's up to you. If something is worrying you it can be worth spending some time thinking about why this may be happening. There are a number of problems that frequently come up, for example:
Relationship and family difficulties
Lack of confidence
Repeated destructive behaviour
If necessary, you will be directed to other services that may be useful to you.
What do I say?
It's up to you: sometimes there is silence because you may require time to collect your thoughts; at other times you may find yourself saying things you had not expected to say. It is my job to help you explore the matter and to refer to you to clarify understanding.
Will the counsellor give me advice?
You will not be given advice since the idea of counselling is to help you make your own decisions. You will have time and space to reflect in order to help you move on and form a plan of action.