Offering counselling in Guildford
What is Counselling?
There are many different counsellors / therapists / psychotherapists, offering a variety of therapies. The search for 'the right' counsellor can seem daunting, so I hope to answer as many of your questions through my website as I can, but I will also gladly respond to any further queries you may have.
Counselling is a form of 'talking therapy', but in instances where words are too difficult or just don't seem right, you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours through slightly more creative methods. For example, by using pictures, drawing, handling objects. Counselling sessions are led by you, so you do not have to worry about being made to do something that you do not feel comfortable with.
It is also worth noting that silences can be a very important part of counselling, giving you the time and space for reflection - allowing you to hear your inner self.
Talking therapy allows you to be heard in a safe and confidential space, by a qualified counsellor. I have over twenty years of nursing and latterly counselling experience and have a wealth of life experience but I am not there to give you advice or to 'fix' you. I am there to listen and to be with you as you explore what is important to you, whether that be life events, feelings, thoughts, behaviours or something yet unknown.
What Can it Help With?
The answer to this is that counselling can help many situations and the following is just a small snapshot to give you an idea, but there are many more besides.
Counselling can help with the impact of abuse, addictions, trauma, debt, self-harm. It can help when trying to make sense of loss, loneliness, bereavement and separation. It may help when trying to come to terms with mental or physical health conditions, a change in roles, relationships and responsibilities. Counselling is also particularly helpful when trying to explore feelings of low self-esteem, low self-worth, shame, guilt, questioning identity or sexuality.
If you are unsure if counselling could help you, feel free to ask the question.
What Benefits can be Expected?
This will depend on your individual situation and part of your assessment will look at what you are hoping to achieve through counselling. Counselling is not a 'quick fix' but the benefits can be phenomenal.
It may be that you gain clarity of thought, you may find answers that you have been looking for; you may be able to slow your mind - take a step off the merry-go-round and breathe; you may experience personal growth through improved confidence and resilience; you may discover improved sleep, well-being, relationships and employment; anxiety and depression could dramatically reduce or at least become more bearable; you may find your love for you, discover your worth and start to believe..........
Decide how you want tomorrow to be different - come and allow yourself to be open to possibilities, see where counselling could take you.