Counselling provides a safe and confidential space into which you can bring issues which are leaving you struggling and conflicted.
Talking through your thoughts and feelings can help to clarify your thinking, address any obstacles you are creating and enable clearer decision-making and a more positive outlook and feeling of self-worth.
I originally trained in psychodynamic counselling, the model upon which I continue to base my practice.
The psychodynamic approach focuses on the ‘unconscious’, and enabling unconscious thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour to become conscious. In the past, certain thoughts and feelings might have been difficult to process, so we ‘tuck them away’ without being aware of doing so. Psychodynamic counselling can help reveal and acknowledge these deep-rooted feelings and memories, understand where they might have originated, and recognise the defences we might use to protect ourselves.
Whilst I use the psychodynamic model as a foundation, I also find it useful to draw from other models including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy, in order to enable a solution which best addresses your specific issues.
How many sessions?
The number of sessions needed will vary from individual to individual ; I can work within the framework of a pre-agreed number of sessions, or on a more open-ended basis. In the first session, we will talk about the nature of your presenting problem and your expectation of how much time you wish to commit. If you wish to commit on a longer-term basis, we will hold a review in the 6th session to assess progress to date, and decide on the future path. Subsequent reviews will then be held at pre-agreed intervals.
Essentially, you are the master of your own counselling: it is your choice to come in the first place, and to then decide how much change has to be effected in order for the work to feel complete.