Counselling is a talking therapy which involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
Our counsellors understand that some people might find the idea coming to therapy or counselling quite daunting. Not only might they be opening themselves up for the very first time, it will also be to a complete stranger.
Many people express concerns such as “what will they think of me?” or “will they judge me or think I’m weak?” However, rest assured. We understand that the pain or upset a person is experiencing, is more often than not, due to an unfortunate set of life experiences. So it’s certainly not the ‘fault’ of anyone for which they will be judged.
Once the first tentative steps have been taken, most people find, because the counsellor is a complete stranger, it has a greatly liberating effect. Knowing that everything discussed during your session will remain between you and your therapist is very reassuring. Complete confidence and trust is essential to the process of therapy. Therefore, it’s a principle to which CBT and Counselling Kent are ethically and professionally bound. People frequentely report that they look forward to coming to their sessions
There is no particular point in life when people come to therapy. Although it’s often when confronted by feelings of confusion and a sense of not being able to move forward,
You will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express the thoughts and emotions resulting from that. The counselling process will enable you to think about the changes you would like to make and what you would like to achieve through the therapy . We will then form a collaborative strategy in order for you to achieve your goals.
You will not be required to commit to counselling if you feel it is not right for you – no matter what reason.
It might sound odd to start talking about ending counsellin. However, it’s important to understand that therapy always has an ending in mind even as it starts out. Our professional therapists don’t want peope to enter into an open-ended arrangement where sessions meander towards no particular goal.
We believe therapy should be ‘time-limited’ and focused on a clear outcome. Time-limited’ might mean six weeks or six months. Depending on the particular set of difficulties you’re facing. However, you certainly aren’t entering into an open-ended, long term contract.
That said, an ending does not have to be absolute. You can always come back to see your counsellor for a progress review. Or if you feel the need a boost of confidence after a particular set back. You can even come back for another short course of therapy to help consolidate a new positive perspective or commitment.