What kinds of problem can I talk to a counsellor about?
There are no set rules about what you can talk about. If something is troubling you then it can be worth spending some time thinking about why this may be happening. I deal with the effects of abuse, low self esteem, low confidence, anxiety, stress, depression, loss, anger and sadness.
Will the counsellor think badly of me?
Not at all. Many of our problems arise because we are human and counselling is based upon the belief that most people naturally strive to make the best use of themselves.
How confidential is counselling?
Counsellors work to a strict Code of Ethics which means they must inform you of the limits of confidentiality and then stick to those rules. I am committed to the BACP Ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and receive regular clinical supervision in line with the BACP guidelines.
Will the counsellor have experienced problems like mine?
Having problems is part of being human and this being the case very probably. Many counsellors, like myself, come into this work because of their own experiences of being in distress. The counsellor may not have experienced your particular issue, but will have experience of working through their own therapy. If the counsellor can't help you, they will always point you in the direction of someone who can.
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