Counselling is such a unique experience, it is the chance to talk with another person, one-to-one, but for the benefit of just you. This makes counselling somewhere that you can truly express yourself, privately and safely, whether it is purely through words or other creative means.
It is not about getting “fixed”, you are not broken and there is no quick solution. You are experiencing the ups and downs that come with being alive and counselling exists to remind you that you are not alone in struggling.
Confidentiality is key to counselling, it creates an environment completely free of threat and it is the foundation of a trusting therapeutic relationship.
However confidentiality has exceptions and limits. Every counsellor has a duty to seek external support should a client, or someone close to them, be at risk of significant harm. It is our responsibility to work within UK law and to take seriously any concerns regarding activities such as terrorism, money laundering and child safeguarding. In these circumstances I am legally obliged to contact other professionals, but where possible I would discuss my concerns with you first.
confidentiality in counselling
types of counselling
There are many different kinds of counselling available and they all have their own theories and approaches, from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to Psychodynamic, Gestalt to Transactional Analysis (TA) and many more.
I offer person-centred counselling which is founded on the belief that each human being has the capability to flourish and achieve their potential, in spite of the obstacles presented by challenging environments, relationships and experiences. Through the accepting, non-judgemental and empathic qualities offered in the counselling relationship I aim to create a safe space for personal exploration and growth.