What makes counselling effective?

Effective counselling is a two way street between the person receiving counselling and the counsellor. It takes commitment sometimes to make difficult changes in behaviour or thinking patterns.

I like to understand what you expect to achieve at the beginning of counselling. It’s important that we establish a good relationship that allows you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. Whilst you are responsible for making changes in your life, I can help pinpoint the obstacles in your way and can work with you to make changes to help you overcome them.

Sometimes I can assist you in identifying negative thinking patterns that may be feeding feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety. By encouraging you to build upon personal strengths and developing  skills that can overcome self-inflicted feelings of hopelessness, counselling can help you develop a more positive attitude.

Counselling can assist you in making positive changes in your relationships with others and helping you recognise behaviours that may be contributing to a troublesome relationship.

A key goal of counselling is to assist you in developing personal growth that empowers you to control your life and enjoy positive, life-affirming relationships with others.