What is counselling?
Life experiences can be overwhelming and leave us feeling confused as to the best way of coping with daily situations. Counselling offers clients a safe environment and an opportunity to explore troubling situations in a non-judgemental place which is free from criticism.
Sometimes it can be as simple as telling your story which helps you understand and bring about an awareness previously unknown to you. It can also be painful - counselling is about trying to face the difficulties in life. I will be there to support you through the difficult times.
What is Humanistic Counselling?
Humanistic counselling is an approach which believes that people potentially have all the necessary abilities to solve their problems or face their difficulties. However, sometimes people get stuck and need some assistance and that is where I may be able to help you.
Humanistic counselling works in the here-and-now focusing on what is happening for you currently in your life, whilst at the same time linking current feelings to past experiences and original relationships in your life.
Humanistic counselling looks at any ‘unfinished business’ such as difficult situations in the past which have not been resolved.
I work in the here-and-now by focusing on what is affecting your life right now, and what you might want to change to improve life from today onwards.
What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during the sessions. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, she asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind whilst following a light (or other bilateral stimulation) with their eyes as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision.
How long does it take?
This depends on you and the nature of your problem. Deep-rooted problems will take longer, maybe many months, whereas a specific problem may only take a few weekly sessions. A session is usually 50 minutes. Sometimes people find several weeks or months more helpful. This depends on your individual situation. We can discuss this together during your first and subsequent sessions.
Will I feel better straight away?
It usually takes a number of sessions of counselling before people start to feel some improvement, rarely a single session can be enough. Some people will feel that their situation improves sooner than others. There will also be difficult times where you may not feel so good. However, if you are committed to the counselling process it is more likely that you will benefit from it.
How will I feel?
Every individual will have their own personal experience with counselling. Sometimes you may go through a period of feeling worse through discussing painful topics. However, with perseverance to move through this difficult period of counselling, you should feel better in the long run.