Counselling and Psychotherapy can include both practical elements as well as in depth explorations of oneself, relationships and life issues. The level and the pace of sessions depend on what the client is looking for.
The first session is like an introduction session, where the client can tell me about their situation and ask questions they may have about the process. It is also an opportunity to see how I work and to decide whether my way of working and what I have to offer could be of interest.
I offer a confidential space where the client is invited to explore and experience themselves and their issues in a safe manner. I have found curiosity to be a useful attitude to have in this work as it can free us up to play with different ideas in a non problematic way.
In therapy we talk quite a bit, which clearly is useful, and equally at times can be limiting. That’s why I complement the talking with experiential and creative methods of exploration such as visualisation, chair work, drawing, sand play or picture work.
Sometimes the sessions can become an invaluable place where clients have permission to sit in silence without the pressure of having to say or do anything in particular.
The therapeutic space is one in which the client is allowed to be in whatever way he or she needs to be to experience or to express something that is meaningful in this present moment and in their current situation.