You may wish to consider individual counselling to explore the way you are thinking or feeling, experiencing a problem or issue you are keen to resolve. Sometimes it is hard to talk to family and friends about really personal issues, individual counselling offers a safe and confidential environment to speak in.
I am not here to sit you down and tell you what to do – instead I will encourage you to talk about what is bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. I may then look to create a plan of action with you to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
You might be feeling anxious about your first counselling session. Making the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is an important first step and I acknowledge how daunting it can be. Knowing what to expect from a counselling session can help you feel more prepared and less nervous about your first appointment. In your first session it is likely that I will ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what’s worrying you and the way your thought processes work. All of the information obtained here will be used to help you in future sessions.
Some questions I may ask include:
- Why are you seeking counselling? – I will most likely ask what it is that has brought you here. This is your opportunity to discuss exactly why you are here and what you hope to gain from counselling.
- What is your current situation and personal history? – It is important to let me know your current situation, this includes any day-to-day issues you are facing and even your work and home life. Discussing your personal history will give me a chance to understand more about you as a person and why these issues may have occurred.
- What symptoms are you experiencing? – Whether these are physical or psychological, it is important to discuss any symptoms with me if you can.
If you are experiencing difficulty with personal or work-related issues, you may find it beneficial to express these feelings. I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment to support you and guide you through any difficulty you may be facing.
In helping you make better sense of what is happening in your life, you can learn more about yourself, sort out what your needs are, and decide what’s really important to you. You can talk to me about anything you want to – whether it is making or dealing with choices, stress, panic attacks, depression, redundancy, bereavement, relationship breakdown, separation and divorce right through to domestic violence and abuse.