Answering some common questions

Is it hard to talk about your problems with people around you?
My name is Barbara and I am an experienced and supportive therapist helping you to overcome life’s struggles. I offer face-to-face counselling but also counselling via the phone, email and online.

What does counselling look like?

Starting counselling feels uncomfortable for most people, but actually making the first appointment is probably the most daunting part. Counselling lets you talk about how you feel, away from home life, school or work. It can help you enjoy your life again.

Why do I feel like this?
At the beginning of therapy, you will explore the root of the problem, and you will become aware of your unwanted thoughts and responsive behaviours, which might be unhelpful or even sometimes destructive. You might be looking at the past, recognising how it impacted on your self-esteem and on those around you (partner, family, friends, colleagues)

What are my options?

Through conversation, you will feel empowered to shift from a position of feeling stuck and hopeless to a position where you have a choice to live the life you want.

I offer an integrative approach in a non-blaming, non-judgemental context, supporting you to explore the best-suited solutions to achieve your therapeutic goal. I may at times challenge your views and help you to see things from a different perspective.

How can I change my life?

The final phase is to start thinking differently, controlling your unwanted thoughts and behaviours. Therapy will empower you to think, act, and interact in a more fulfilling way. It will help you move forward with more confidence and feel less anxious.

Counselling should help you to see things differently. Just talking to someone who isn’t involved in your life is helpful.

How many sessions will I need?

Counselling requires focus and commitment. Short term (6 sessions) or long-term therapies are options that we can discuss, based on the goal you want to achieve.