Everyone has a unique starting point in counselling and a unique therapeutic journey and I adapt what I do for each individual.
For example, someone arriving in a crisis first needs to stabilise and calm themselves and address the crisis, whereas the next person might arrive in a stable condition and need different things.
A person who has had a difficult childhood may need therapy to progress more slowly than someone who has had better childhood conditions.
Some of the things that counselling can achieve are:
- Help you to understand yourself and what has happened in your childhood that has led to your current difficulties.
- Help you to see patterns in your ways of relating and to free yourself from these.
- Increase awareness of feelings.
- Help you to feel stronger and more stable in yourself.
- Lessen your need for external things, such as alcohol, to soothe yourself, and teach you new and better ways.
- Help you to realise your uniqueness as a human being and to accept yourself as you are.
- Help you to take responsibility for your life and make it what you want it to be.
“Experience has taught us that we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness: the emotional discovery of the truth about the unique history of our childhood.”– Alice Miller