People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
Carl R. Rogers, Way of Being
Some clients' comments about their experience of counselling:
I feel that counselling has been a very beneficial and worthwhile experience. I now am able to cope with the issues that were overwhelming me before.(Client 'J')
I really felt at the end of my tether and this support enabled me to face life again. (Client 'A')
I had not realised that counselling could help me address so many issues and encourage me to believe in myself and my life choices. You have helped me turn my life around. (Client 'M')
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a way of responding to a wide range of human needs. Although the reasons which bring people to counselling are varied, what is common is that people seeking counselling feel distressed, confused, uncertain, unhappy or in turmoil.
As a counsellor, I welcome you with an open mind and keen interest in what has brought you to this point in your life. I have a deep commitment to this work and will offer encouragement and support while you explore whatever is troubling you.
My training and work is shaped by the values and attitudes embodied by the person-centred approach. This leads to a way of being that prizes the uniqueness of each human being. My aim is to create a facilitative, safe and supportive environment where you can explore whatever you wish without fear of judgement or criticism, enabling you to discover how to live in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
Counselling is not about giving you advice; instead, through our work together you will find yourself ready to make the choices which suit you best.
Each person has within himself vast resources for self-understanding and for constructive changes in ways of being and behaving, and these resources can best be released and realised in a relationship with certain definable qualities. (Rogers and Sanford, 1989)
I believe the relationship which will develop between us will allow you to do this.