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Counselling

Is it time to take action?

Thinking about counselling?

Are there some aspects of your life or relationships that you would like to talk about with a professional but unsure?

Are you finding yourself thinking a lot about what you can do to relieve stressful or worrisome circumstances? 

Is there a pattern of behaviours or relationships in your life that are hurting you or others?

Are you experiencing sadness, grief, anger or other kinds of moods and need help managing your daily life?

Are you suffering loneliness or feeling overwhelmed by relationship issues?

Are things going relatively well and yet for some reason, you feel dissatisfied or unhappy with certain aspects of your life? 

 

Welcome to Counselling in Action!             

 

If this is your first time in therapy, welcome. My guess is that getting started can be pretty scary — to talk to someone you do not know about things that make you uncomfortable, sad, angry, overjoyed, or embarrassed — but I would like to reassure you that this process is here to help you grow. There are certain elements necessary in therapy in order to maintain a space of positivity, growth, and healing. Yet, you are not responsible for maintaining those elements. That is the job of the therapist — my job. It is imperative that I maintain a judgment-free space, a space that is challenging but comforting, and a process that is enlightening as well as retrospective, be open about your experience as it unfolds. 

 

For those who have been to therapy before and are starting again, welcome back. Whether you’re trying a new therapist after a not-so-good counselling experience, or whether you’re returning because previous experiences have helped you foster a sense of trust in therapy and its benefits, you are welcome here. I am glad that you have returned to therapy to continue your personal growth. I hope that your time in therapy will be as positive as previous therapeutic journeys, or that it will allow new growth that was stifled by a prior unhelpful experience. Returning to therapy after some time will likely mean revisiting work that you did before and figuring out together what your goals are now. It will be helpful to share your past experiences, so that together you can foster a trusting and beneficial relationship.

 

Therapy will be difficult sometimes and at others the most enjoyable part of your week. As your therapists, I welcome these opposing states and embrace them as a sign of good work being done on your behalf. I ask that you bring your authentic and whole self to each session. I encourage you to allow yourself to experience any emotion or thought freely, for example crying without needing to apologise and voicing your feelings with confidence. If you are not quite there yet, I hope you will allow me to help you reach that point. It is my genuine hope that every client that comes to my practice, journeys along their therapeutic path with a renewed sense of understanding and self-appreciation.  I look forward to working with you!