Could counselling help you?
Counselling (therapy) can help people who are struggling to live a contented life. It might be that you have symptoms of feeling low or anxious, have a lack of motivation, or perhaps are experiencing other symptoms such as grief, sadness, panic, eating problems, obsessive conditions. The cause of these difficulties might be a specific event such as a loss, a shock, or living through difficult times, or the reason for struggling may be unknown. Counselling is an exploration of thoughts and feelings around any difficulties you may have and then working with any underlying issues. This brings increased awareness to your own processes, I then support you in finding ways to feel better.
What will happen during counselling?
Our counselling sessions will take place either through Skype or over the telephone, or for face-to-face sessions in a comfortable environment set up to provide a safe space outside of your day to day life. We will start by talking about your reasons for coming to counselling. As we explore events, thoughts, and feelings we bring them further in to your awareness and you develop a clearer understanding of what is going on for you. As a counsellor, I then use my skills to help you unpick the problematic knots which leads to you moving though and out of your problems over the course of therapy.
The counselling relationship
A lot of research shows that the main basis for any type of therapy to be successful is a quality therapeutic relationship with your counsellor. I have studied this area in depth and make an extra special effort for my clients to feel connected, safe, comfortable and understood during our sessions. I will be non-judgemental whatever issues you bring to sessions, and I will be understanding to your struggles. My clients comment on how it is much easier to talk to me about personal issues than they originally thought.
How long does it take?
Some clients prefer to specify a number of counselling sessions they wish to have during their initial counselling consultation, others prefer an open ended arrangement where the length of therapy is discussed as we go. Once a client has finished a period a therapy, they are welcome re-enquire for further sessions.
“I began counselling with Rowan to deal with the grief of losing some people in my life that were very special. She helped me to talk about how I felt and gradually deal with the upset and the confusion, I could speak openly, and often about things I felt I couldn’t say to anyone.”
“With each session I could feel the healing process, I began to accept, to understand and to let go. The guidance that Rowan gave me throughout really enabled me to ‘get back to myself again’ and start moving forward.”
“Rowan has a good practical knowledge and a natural understanding of people. She is compassionate, non-judgmental (but really so, I have spoken to people before and never felt this secure), very supportive and excellent at guiding me through my upsets. The world would be a nicer place if everybody had a Rowan to talk to. She has, and continues to help me greatly.”
“I have to admit, that I’m not very good at opening up to people, but Rowan is special in that she really gets a feel for the person she’s helping and during our talks, with that connection, I found that she put me so much at ease that my fear disappeared.”
“About six months ago I was getting upset and very distressed in my home life but couldn’t identify the issue. I got really wound up and started to look at lots of different areas of my life trying to change it to ease the pressure. During one of our sessions I was able to express my feelings without any worry that I would be judged. This allowed me to embrace how I felt and find a solution that had been staring me in the face. Rowan was so warm and supportive that it was a very safe environment where I was able to believe in myself enough to break through.”