Counselling

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a trained professional, in privacy and confidence, about any issues that are causing you distress.

This might be related to a specific problem such as bereavement counselling, marriage counselling, counselling for depression or counselling for anxiety, or general feelings of dissatisfaction with your life.

Counselling is not about telling you what you should do, but about helping you to explore, learn about yourself and make the right choices for you. The aim of the process is to help you find ways of managing and healing, perhaps by seeing things in a different way, or by gaining a deeper understanding of what is happening or has happened for you.

Counselling can be seen as a journey and I will travel alongside you, supporting you to discover what’s right for you.

My approach

I’m a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer a warm, safe and confidential listening space for you to explore at the right pace and depth for you.

My focus is integrative, which is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. From an integrative perspective there is no single approach that can be applied to each individual / situation. Each person is seen as a whole and counselling is tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

I work in a way that is centred on an active exploration of experience; a way that supports you to discover and integrate the whole of who you are as well as how you experience life. I support you to increase your level of awareness of your potential for change and growth.

Examples of what people might explore in counselling

  • Life changes
  • Depression and anxiety counselling
  • Anger issues
  • Bereavement counselling, loss, grief and trauma
  • Self-esteem or confidence problems
  • Relationship difficulties or break-ups; marriage counselling
  • Understanding yourself and your behaviour better
  • Mental Health problems
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Financial challenges
  • Over whelm
  • Stress
  • Anything that stops you making the most of your life

Getting the most from counselling

I offer a commitment to regular weekly (occasionally fortnightly) sessions lasting for one hour each over an agreed time period. I seek to develop a supportive relationship with you as a client and invite you to actively engage in the sessions.
Below are some suggestions to help you get the most from your counselling sessions.

Attend regularly, and on time

If you find yourself skipping sessions or are reluctant to go, ask yourself why? Are you avoiding painful discussion? Did last session touch a nerve? Talk about your reluctance with me.

Allow yourself some time and space after each session

Spend time between sessions reflecting on what was discussed in the previous session.
If you are given ‘homework’ to complete in between sessions, give yourself time for this.

Be honest and open

If there’s something you want to say, say it. Share what you are feeling. Or if you feel that you’re avoiding a particular issue, I encourage you to let me know – it can be really useful to look at ‘avoidance’. If you feel embarrassed or ashamed, or something is too painful to talk about, don’t be afraid to share this. Slowly, we can work together to explore your issues.

Be an active participant, this is your counselling process

Be patient with yourself and with the process. Growth can take time, effort, and patience.

Cost and sessions

How much will it cost?

The fee for a one hour counselling session is £40

Number of sessions

The number of sessions varies from person to person and during your first appointment we will discuss this and come to an agreement depending on what brings you to counselling.

As a guideline, short term counselling is usually 12-18 sessions and longer term counselling can last for several months. I always ensure regular reviews, which gives you the opportunity to reflect on how the process is going for you and making any changes as appropriate.

Making an appointment

I currently see clients in Frome, Somerset (and the surrounding area for Ecotherapy). I also practise in The Rooms Complementary Health Clinic in Poundbury, Dorchester.

Call or email to make an initial appointment.

07947 336 915
lisbetmichelsen@gmail.com

During the first sessions we talk about what you need from counselling and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.

It is also possible to arrange sessions via telephone or Skype.