Counselling is about you and the counsellor setting time aside to look at your life and the events, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour that have brought you here. It offers a safe and confidential space to help you explore what is going on. Your concerns will be taken seriously and you will be listened to with acceptance and respect for who you are. You will not be judged, nor will you be given advice.
Often counselling is required at times of change or crisis, but this is not always the case. We all need help sometimes.
The job of the counsellor is to listen and to help you look at your issues in a way that enables you to get a different perspective on the situation you find yourself in, and therefore find solutions to the problems you face. This takes time and the number of sessions to do this will be different for everyone.
Counselling can be time limited, varying from, say, six sessions to six months, or it can be for longer. Regular evaluations can be a useful part of counselling as it helps track the counselling process and its effectiveness.
Counselling sessions are normally regular and not held at random, for example, two sessions this week, one next week and then 'see how we go'. However there can be some flexibility in the spacing of sessions. Changes happen best when people are putting aside regular time to think about themselves. Change also takes time.
The kind of things that people may bring to counselling include:
A relationship break up or difficulty.
A problem at work.
An upsetting event.
Inability to make a decision.
Change takes time - but right now is the best time for change