Personal counselling is usually for individuals who are in distress, but can also be sought for positive personal development. Issues I regularly support clients with include:-
- Issues of self-esteem and self-worth
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Reactive depression after bereavement or divorce/separation
- Having to make difficult decisions
- Unhappiness in relationships where the other partner will not attend Counselling.
As with relationship counselling, I base my work on a solution-focussed approach, helping the client to clarify the problem, to discuss their feelings around it, to decide what options they have to improve their situation and choose one, and then to put that option into practice with an action plan. A major part of counselling is effective listening to the client’s story and feelings, but there is also hard work to be done together!
Where appropriate I will use methods such as Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling and Transactional Analysis.
Please see the practical information on the What is Counselling? page about length and number of sessions, confidentiality etc. In Personal Counselling the number of sessions needed can vary enormously, in my experience from two to ninety, depending on the nature of the issue and the support needed.