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What is Counselling?

Counseling is a collaborative and supportive practice designed to help individuals address emotional, psychological, or life challenges.

It involves the process of you talking about whatever's on your mind, in a safe and confidential setting. As both a counsellor and a client, I've seen and experienced how sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone trained to listen and help can make such a big difference.


You often set your own personal goals, but no matter what you need the ultimate goal is to help you feel better, understand yourself more deeply, and learn new ways to handle the challenges life throws your way. So here's how it works.

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Counselling Session
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So, what is Counselling?

Counselling involves talking with a trained professional who helps you explore and solve problems. It's not about giving advice but facilitating your own insight and understanding. You remain in control throughout your sessions, deciding what you want to discuss and how deeply you want to delve into various topics.

How It Works.

In counselling, you'll engage in conversations that help you better understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The counsellor uses techniques like active listening, empathy, and sometimes specific therapeutic approaches tailored to your needs, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or solution-focused therapy. This process helps you gain clarity, resolve internal conflicts, and decide on steps to make positive changes.

Common Uses

People seek counselling for a variety of reasons including dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, grief, and more. It's also helpful for personal growth and development, improving communication skills, and boosting self-esteem.

What to Expect in a Session

A typical session involves discussing the issues you are facing and any progress or new developments since your last meeting. The counselor may ask questions to prompt reflection and provide feedback or suggest strategies to handle your concerns. Sessions are typically held in a safe, private setting where confidentiality is strictly maintained.


Safety and Empowerment

Counselling provides a safe environment to express yourself without judgment. The process is designed to empower you by providing tools and understanding needed to confront your issues. While the counselor guides and supports you, the ultimate goal is to strengthen your ability to manage challenges independently over time.

Anxiety & Stress
Grief & Bereavement
Depression & Sadness

And why should I think about attending counselling?

It's A Safe Space:


When you come to counseling, you enter a space where you can speak freely about anything, in any way you want. You can talk about your fears, hopes, challenges, or dreams, safe in the knowledge that your worth and value will never be judged. It's a place where what you say stays private and confidential, helping you open up and get to the root of what you're experiencing.



Working Together:


Counselling isn't just talking about your problems; it's also about working together to make positive changes. We'll set goals based on what you want to achieve, whether it's feeling happier, coping with stress, improving relationships, or changing unhelpful habits.



Learning and Growing:


I'll help you understand your feelings and behaviors, providing insights and teaching you new strategies to manage them. This might include learning how to handle anxiety, improving how you communicate with others, or finding ways to deal with sadness.





My role is to empower you. This means helping you recognise your own strengths and abilities to manage life’s difficulties. It's about helping you see that you have more control over your life than you might think.



Flexible Approach:


Everyone is different, so counseling adapts to meet your unique needs. Some people benefit from just a few sessions, while others might choose to engage in counselling for longer periods.


Counselling is a proactive approach to mental health and well-being, offering a structured way to work through personal challenges and find healthier ways of thinking and living. If you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or just not like your usual self, counseling can provide relief and a way forward. It's a step toward not just surviving day-to-day, but truly thriving. 

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Safe Space
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Learning & Growing
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​What Kinds of issues can counselling help with?

Emotional Distress
Anxiety and stress
Anger management
Neurodivergence Support (e.g., ASD, ADHD, PDA etc.)
Grief, loss and bereavement
Low self-esteem and self-confidence
Coping with life transitions (e.g., divorce, retirement)
Feelings of emptiness or unhappiness
Emotional abuse and trauma
Mild depression
Trust issues
Childhood Trauma and Abuse

Relationship Issues
Marriage and relationship
Family conflicts
Parenting challenges
Communication problems
Infidelity and trust issues
Navigating separation and divorce
Self relationship issues
Power dynamics

Sexual Issues
Sexual dysfunction
Questions about sexuality or sexual identity
Intimacy issues
LGBTQIA+ Support
Specific Fears and Phobias
Fear of flying
Fear of public speaking
Life Crises and Decisions
Coping with major life changes or decisions
Existential crises and questions
Spiritual and faith-related issues

Mental Health Disorders
Anxiety disorders (e.g., generalised anxiety disorder,
panic attacks, phobias)
Mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Complex Post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD)

Eating disorders (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder)
Addiction and substance abuse
Personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality disorder)
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)

Personal Development
Career guidance and changes
Life coaching
Developing healthier habits
Time management
Decision-making skills
Enhancing creativity and problem-solving
Identity issues
Boundary setting

Work and Career Issues
Work stress and burnout
Workplace conflicts
Career transition and development
Power dynamics
Educational Challenges
Academic performance anxiety
School-related stress
Learning disabilities

Behavioral Problems
Procrastination and motivation issues
Impulse control issues
Compulsive/ Addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, shopping)
Adjusting to physical health conditions
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia

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This list of course, is not exhaustive, but it covers many of the common issues for which individuals seek counselling. Whether dealing with a specific mental health condition, navigating interpersonal relationships, or seeking personal growth, counselling provides a valuable tool for addressing challenges and promoting mental health and well-being.

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