What is counselling?

Counselling is a collaborative endeavour. It can be both rewarding and inspirational, as well as difficult and painful. I seek to provide a confidential, compassionate, and clear-thinking framework to enable reflection on the stuff of life that is challenging and uncertain. Respect for your autonomy and a non-judgemental approach are central to the relationship established between us.

In essence counselling and psychotherapy seek to elucidate the emotional context of events in our lives – past, present and future. And in so doing, allow a better understanding of how our emotions can exert an influence on our decision-making, our behaviour and our relationships – both with others and ourselves.

It can take many different forms, drawing on various psycho-analytical, cognitive-behavioural, and humanistic approaches. It may feel bewildering to discover that there is such a range of choices and equally difficult to know what they all mean in practice. My advice is do not worry. I will help you to understand how counselling works and what the different options are.

It is important to stress that counselling is distinct from coaching. I am not an executive coach, and the sorts of issues that counselling addresses are, in general, personal and complex, and may have little to do with personal organisation or career advancement. Having said this, it is not unusual for performance at work, and relationships in general, to suffer when such issues build up and are not addressed. If you are currently working with an executive coach, there is no reason to change this during a period of counselling.