We all go through difficult patches, but sometimes things can reach a point where it becomes hard to deal with everyday life.
Adolescence can be particularly challenging time as young people journey their way to independence and adulthood. As such a certain amount of fallout is normal and even important in helping to build resilience. However, if added pressures or difficult life events are added to the mix, this can deplete our resilience to the point where we then seek help.
As a therapist I won’t tell you what to do and I don’t judge. My job is to give you a safe space where you can look at what’s brought you to counselling with the aim of helping you to move forward.
This might mean:
Understanding and accepting your experiences/feelings
Exploring new ways of doing things
Or you may simply want to experience talking about things and have someone listen to you
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COME TO SEE YOU?
All counsellors and psychotherapists are different and the important thing is to find the one that’s right for you. Our first chat will be an opportunity for you to meet me and decide if I’m the right person for you. If you decide to carry on with sessions with me we initially sign a contract so we both know what we are agreeing to and then explore our next steps together. However, if you decide this isn't right for you, I can help you to explore other options.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
This is hard to answer as it depends on many different factors. Normally we'll discuss things initially to see what feels like a comfortable number of sessions to start with and then we review as we go along.
WHAT IF I CAN'T COME TO A SESSION OR CHANGE MY MIND?
If you decide not to come to a session I just need you to let me know at least one day before. If you decide to stop coming altogether I’ll normally ask if we can have one more session to close out our work together.
DO YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT I SAY OR DO IN THE SESSIONS?
Your privacy is very important. I won’t talk about what you say or do unless you want me to or you tell me something that makes me worried for your safety or someone else’s. If this happens I’ll talk to you about it first and together we’ll decide what steps need to be taken.