Jo Russell Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist - Norwich - Tel: 07583 084274
We all have times when problems seem to overwhelm us and we feel we can't move forward. Sometimes we can unburden ourselves by talking to others but talking things through with a counsellor goes much further. It is popularly said that "a problem shared is a problem halved" but sometimes we don't want to trouble family members or friends and talking things through with those close to us can even be unhelpful as they can be too involved to give us the unbiased support we need. As a qualified counsellor you can be assured that I would have no personal agenda and would never criticise or judge you, instead I would offer you a safe and confidential environment where you can talk and we can work things through together. I know from my own experience how important it is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, so our first session together would be an informal, no obligation meeting to ensure that we can work together
There are many reasons that people seek counselling such as:
The list could go on. Possibly you are not able to put into words how you are feeling right now, maybe you only have vague feelings of unease and the knowledge that things just aren’t right. Whatever the problem may be, I will be there to help and support you.
The counselling process may involve reflecting on your experiences past and present and how these experiences are affecting you now in your daily life. This can lead to a different understanding of yourself, how you relate to others and the choices you make. This understanding may then enable you to make changes in line with how you wish to live leading to a sense of fulfilment. I offer open ended and short term counselling – I would initially suggest that we meet for six sessions and then review progress to determine how long we should to work together to meet your needs. Some people only need a couple of sessions to continue with their life, but others may need more help and support before they are ready to move forward.
Why talk about the past?
During counselling you may well find that what is bothering you has its roots in the past. Many people cannot see the point in ‘raking up the past’, as they cannot go back and change what has happened. However, counselling is not about changing the past, but understanding yourself and what was happening for you at that time, so that you may understand yourself more fully in the present and gives you the chance to change things for the future.
What about the future?
Together we can make steps towards setting and achieving future goals, making the changes in your life that you wish to make.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. I will not tell anyone about you or the issues you may struggling with unless I think you are seriously at risk of harming yourself or someone else or a child-protection issue becomes apparent. I have regular supervision that gives me support and guidance in my work with clients and ensures that I practice ethically and safely to safeguard their interests. I am a registered member of the BACP and as such am bound by their ethical guidelines,
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