Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor?
A: Sometimes talking to a friend or a family member can be helpful but there are some disadvantages to having them as your only means of support. They could potentially feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice. They could also begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.
Counsellors are trained to listen and offer a safe and non-judgmental space for their clients. Rather than offering advice, counsellors will support their clients to work through their issues.
Q. What sort of issues can you help with?
A. I have experience of working with many issues ranging from eating disorders to bereavement, anxiety and depression to anger management. I work in a way that is known as Person Centred, which means that the work is centred around and directed by the client.