There are so many approaches and different types of counselling you can access, which is down to personal preference however, I understand how confusing this can be for you also. I have listed some of the more traditional and conventional therapeutic approaches for your information. In my experience, it is an essential aspect of having counselling is the therapeutic relationship that you with your counsellor that is the key, without this, the orientation of the therapy is not effective.
What different types of counselling can you have?
Counselling is a type of ‘talking therapy’ that allows you to discuss your problems and feelings in a confidential environment. I offer you a safe space where you can talk, and I will listen to you with empathy and in a non-judgmental way. I can help to support you as you deal with the negative thoughts and feelings that you may be experiencing in your life.
Sometimes, the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to ‘talking therapies’ in general, but counselling is also a specific type of therapy in its own right.
Short- Term Counselling
Usually lasting 6-12 sessions, it can help you to explore the more immediate difficulties within your life and support you in exploring issues such as low mood or anxiety.
Carried out on a continuing basis, the number of sessions will be dependent on the issues that you are experiencing. It is often useful for more prolonged or deeply ingrained difficulties such as trauma or loss. However, longer-term counselling can also be helpful for you to gain a more profound awareness/transformation of long-standing issues, such as those relating to family dynamics, historical events, or personality.
What will happen in the counselling session?
We will meet for an initial consultation/assessment, given you the opportunity to meet with me, to ensure you feel I am the right person for you. I will gather information about the issues you are currently facing, along with some personal history and background.