What is Counselling?

whatisCounselling is a healing journey that people take for a variety of reasons.

Working with a counsellor can help you resolve crises, improve your well-being, alleviate stress and anxiety, change unwanted behaviour patterns, and increase your ability to manage life in positive, healthy, and satisfying ways.

I offer short-term and long-term counselling on a one-on-one basis, as well as couple counselling. The duration of the work depends on the issues you bring to therapy. Short-term counselling can last a few weeks or months; in-depth work may involve a longer commitment.

Some of my clients bring very specific issues that they want to work on…issues such as relationship problems, anger, addiction, the death of a loved one, coming out, early childhood trauma…to name just a few.

Other clients find that they are stuck in old behaviour patterns that just don’t work for them any more. They don’t feel a sense of satisfaction or joy in their lives. They want to clear out the blocks that are preventing them from fully experiencing life.

My role as a counsellor has many facets. My first priority is to establish and maintain a trusting and supportive connection with my clients. They need to feel that they can talk freely about their issues without fear of judgment or criticism.

As the counselling relationship develops, clients move into a deeper exploration of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Over time, this exploration leads to insights and a clearer understanding of their experiences and motivations. Clients begin to feel empowered to take control of their lives and to make the changes that will bring them happiness and fulfillment.

I believe that one of my most important roles is to teach people healthy life-management and self-care strategies…tools that they can take away with them and use when they need to.

As clients work through issues, their self-confidence and inner strength grows. They learn to trust their gut feelings and to make decisions based on self-respect and integrity.