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Psychologist - CounsellingCounselling is a short term psychological intervention focused on finding ways out of difficult situations, reducing distress and regaining emotional stability.

Often in talking through problems, some distress lifts. The intention in counselling is not to resolve all problems, but to complete enough of a “chunk” of psychological work to make a difference. Some people decide that a short piece of counselling is enough – even one to six sessions can help – although this most likely would not be enough to make large and lasting changes.

Typically, the first  1-3 counselling sessions involve talking about what is happening in the person’s life – an assessment - including what is emotionally and psychologically happening now, and the important points of their history. After a discussion of what the client would like to get out of sessions, I aim to offer my suggestions about what psychological treatment may look like, so that the person can decide whether to continue in counselling or therapy. Some initial psychological interventions may be discussed, if time permits. The first counselling session also involves completion of an
Outcome questionnaire, which is one way  our progress in counselling will be measured.

Counselling can include (but is not limited to):

  • A private place to tell your story, and be listened to.
  • Emotional support and debriefing
  • Identifying key internal and external supports
  • Seeking solutions to serious life concerns – such as being safe.
  • Psychoeducation, i.e., information about what is commonly known about the experiences of others with similar concerns
  • Cognitive behavioural techniques for combating self-criticism
  • Basic emotional skills training – e.g. relaxation skills, grounding, and centering
  • Identifying the key challenges that need to be faced for change to occur
  • An introduction to relational work (see under Gestalt Therapy).

In counselling sessions I offer my thinking, my presence, and the skills I have learnt that may help people to change.