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Why Counselling

There are times in our lives when we experience distressing events and feelings which seem to have no end of solution in sight.
"Counselling can help people to clarify their thoughts and feelings"
Sometimes we know that our feelings are due to particular circumstances, such as an illness, stress in a relationship or a bereavement. At other times we may have no idea what is making us feel the way we do – all we know is that our lives become uncomfortable, difficult or even intolerable. If our anxiety becomes too great we can be prompted into making hasty decisions, often to be regretted, or act on advice with which we may not be wholeheartedly in agreement – and then we have to live with the consequences. Counselling can help people clarify their thoughts and feelings so they can arrive at their own decisions and sometimes make changes in their lives.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a process which requires commitment of time and effort from both parties. The aim is to help you find your own answers and to become more in charge of your life,
"Counselling requires commitment of time and effort"
and to live your life to the full. A counsellor will not try to minimise problems and will respect any efforts which have already been made to try to work things out. Whatever the nature of the problem revealed, no judgement is made and absolute confidentiality is maintained. A counsellor will support you during this time and also point out other possible sources of help should that be necessary. Counselling does not claim to be the answer to all human difficulties, but it does offer the opportunity for people to explore different ways of looking at their lives and to move towards more effective ways of coping.

How to start

An initial meeting is arranged and only after that will you decide if you wish to continue with counselling. If you do, sessions are usually once a week and last about fifty minutes to an hour.