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What is Counselling?

Counselling can mean different things to different people. It will conjure up all sorts of thoughts, fears and expectations. Some examples of which are as follows:

For some it will be a support & listening ear.

For others they will be looking to be “fixed” and want answers to questions from a “professional”.

For some it will be so scary they will not even turn up for the counselling session. This can be out of fear of the unknown, but more probably because the issues they know they have to face in wanting to move forward can often be painful!

Well before I go on to explain what counselling is, lets look at what it is NOT!

Counselling is nota “quick fix” or the counsellor diagnosing what is wrong with you and giving you the answers.

Counselling is notthe counsellor telling you what to do

and making decisions for you.

Counselling is notthe counsellor sitting in judgement of you.

Counselling is notmaking you talk about things you are not ready to talk about.

 Counselling is:

50 minutes of youtime in a safe confidential environment. Which affords you the chance to work through, who you are and where you are in your life. How you got there and what you may want to change or achieve.

Having counselling is someone to listen to what life is like for you. Whatever the difficulty may be; someone who will explore with you, helping you to challenge and nurture your way forward to cope better with parts of your life you are unhappy with.

Yes it is a listening ear, yes it is an emotional support and yes it is someone who will actually hear what you want, or need to say without prejudice or disapproval.

Most of all it is you taking a brave step to value yourself as an Individual/Couple to work out what it is that is holding you back in your life.

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