Counselling is dedicated time and space for exploring aspects of your life that may be causing pain, anger, anxiety or distress, either to you or to others.
Contacting a counsellor may feel like a big step...but it can be the first step
towards getting some objective, non-judgmental support in a safe, respectful space.
Each individual will have their own reasons for seeking professional support.
Whatever has led you to this point, I believe in giving you the opportunity
to tell your story at your pace in your own words.
I will offer you the opportunity to talk and be heard with warmth and respect for your autonomy, but without judgement or criticism.
"Keep your own counsel" - "Don't wash your dirty linen in public - "Mustn't grumble!" - "Least said, soonest mended"
These ideas may be part of our upbringing but it may not be realistic to expect to cope with everything on our own.
My philosophy is simple: life brings a mixture of things, some of which we would not choose and that can cause us to struggle. We are usually ok with being open about the positives but the darker, more painful things can stay hidden and so the issues, and our responses to them, may become more complex and unmanageable.
Counselling offers the chance to break isolation, to put down heavy burdens, to speak honestly and openly,
knowing that the person who is listening understands and accepts your point of view.