Counselling comes under the umbrella of talking therapies, talking therapy can allow you knowledge of your own experiences of what is happening and what is working for you and what is causing you distress. Which can give a new perspective and easier ways of sitting with the thoughts and feelings you are faced with at this time.
The purpose of Humanistic counselling is to enable personal growth and self-development. Counselling can be for the needs and meanings of the individual or couple to identify and focus on resolving away forward. It can be a big step to decide to embark on therapy, so the first session is for us to get to know each other and a brief assessment on what brought you to therapy. We will decide if this is right for you and if I am the most appropriate person for you to work with and vice versa. The main point of talking therapy is to give you a safe space and regular time to talk about what is going on in your life.
As the therapist I cannot fix your problems, it is only you or you and your partner who can make changes in your lives. I can help you think about what you want and how you might go about getting it, but I can’t do it for you. I will normally not tell anyone outside the practice about you and your problems. However there are some circumstances where confidentiality will be broken and you need to be aware of this. This will be discussed with you in the first session. You won’t be expected to have any kind of medical examination or to take your clothes off.