I became a counsellor because I felt passionately about peoples mental health and their well-being.
With an already established career that involved listening and talking to people for much of the day and as a consequence building those connected relationships, I recognised the benefits for people being able to talk to another. Someone not connected or involved in their given situation, someone that didn't have an opinion or agenda but would just listen. I have to add here, that this was in no way counselling work or connected to it.
With this experience and understanding in mind I felt I wanted to go on and train as a counsellor to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enable me to go further than just be a listening ear.
My training involved learning different theories and concepts that can be applied to the counselling work, this gave me the deeper understanding of how to work with clients. Also an important element of the training involved much self reflection and delving into the past, exploring patterns of behaviours and patterns of relating, recognising and becoming aware of my ways of being in the world. I found this journey life changing in many ways and such a positive experience.
So when I tell my clients that I understand it can be tough, I do understand. My story won't be your story and yours not mine but I truly believe that if someone is able to engage in the work, even when it gets tough, it can also be a life changing experience in so many positive ways..
On completing my training I became a fully qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Counselling gives you a safe space to explore any issues you are are experiencing, I will meet you where you are emotionally and without judgement.
You may confide in friends and family to talk through situations or issues you are facing. This can undoubtedly be helpful to you at times, but I wonder if you feel like you have to hold back at points?
The counselling relationship I believe is quite unique. Unlike talking with a friend or family member, the counselling relationship allows you to explore your feelings and thoughts more honestly without the barriers.
As a trained counsellor, I will be able to guide you through the process of exploring what issues or feelings you bring. This may for example involve looking at patterns of behaviour or thinking, relationships and attachments, exploring past events that impact you in adult life today or working on parts of yourself that you feel no longer serve you.
Counselling can enable you to gain clarity on your own given situation.