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GG Counselling Services

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I know if I need Counselling?

Counselling sessions can help you to gain some perspective on an issue.  To change old, unhelpful, entrenched patterns of behaviour and to untangle the complex personal issues that you are facing. 
Counselling may well have been suggested to you by a friend or family member or someone who cares for you and that you trust, who can see something is not quite right and that you are struggling.

 

 

What happens in a Counselling Session?

There is no standardised counselling session.  As a counsellor I have been trained to provide an environment where you are able to feel safe enough to explore whatever it is that is going on for you from everyday events or dilemmas,  to feelings of guilt, shame or remorse attached to one or more situations or events.  Whatever it is that is weighing you down, making things difficult, I will endeavour to be the counsellor you need in order to enable you to become the person you want to be.

 

 

What can Counselling help with?

I can help with a wide range of problems including but not limited to:

 

Trauma: Including PTSD, resulting from whatever traumatic event or events you have endured. Severe Life Altering Incidents or Accidents, War, Rape, Physical and or Sexual Attack. 

Addiction: Of whatever it is that has become a problem and is affecting your day to day life.

Bereavement: The loss or death of a loved one, human or animal.  Or the loss of mobility or something else which you have come to rely or depend upon.

Anxiety: Which can be broken down into numerous categories.  General anxiety being day to day difficulties with the complexities of life as well as Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety etc.

Work Place Issues: Stress, Pressure, Bullying.  Problems with Work – Life Balance.

Relationship Issues: Breakups, Divorce, Infidelity, Loneliness, Arguments, Jealousy.

Depression: Including suicidal thoughts, self harm, low mood, social withdraw, low self worth, lack of confidence, sexual problems – loss of desire / addiction to sex/porn.

Stress: Whatever it is that’s causing or adding to it

OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Binge Eating, Bulimia, Negative Body Image.

Phobias and Fears

Abuse: Physical verbal mental emotional

Personal Identity: And all that can and does entail. Sense of self, not limited to sexuality or gender

 

 

What type of people seek Counselling?

Counselling can and does help everybody.  Thankfully the British Stiff Upper Lip is loosening and people (in general) are feeling more and more able to seek out Counselling when they need that bit of extra help.

 

 

How long should I expect to have to undergo Counselling?

Everybody is different; it's a very difficult question to answer.  Honestly six is a good starting point as it takes a few to get comfortable enough with your counsellor to be able to get down to it.  It's all about the relationship between client and counsellor.  If that’s not there no real work is likely to happen.  At the beginning it is important to discuss what you as a client want to achieve from counselling and how reasonable that either is or isn’t.  
In my opinion as a client you will just know.  It will feel less important, not as essential.  Your counsellor should also be aware of this.
I personally feel less is more.  My aim is not to just string a client along. My aim is to help you get to a point where you are able to deal by yourself.  You can also always come back the door is never closed.  Everyone needs a bit of help from time to time.

For a free no-obligation chat about you and your possible counselling needs please Contact Me