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  • Writer's pictureMark Hamilton

Embarking on a Journey of Self-Discovery: Starting Counselling for the First Time.

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Welcome to my blog, where I aim to provide guidance and support for individuals who are embarking on their first counselling journey. Taking the step to seek counselling can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, but rest assured, you are not alone. In this article, I explore what you can expect as you begin your counselling experience and how it can positively impact your life. 1. Acknowledging Your Courage: Starting counselling for the first time requires courage and self-awareness. It takes strength to recognise that you may need support and to take action towards your well-being. By seeking counselling, you are demonstrating a commitment to your personal growth and a willingness to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space. 2. Building a Trusting Relationship: One of the most important aspects of counselling is the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor. During your initial sessions, we will work together to establish a foundation of trust, empathy, and understanding. I will create a safe space where you can freely express yourself, knowing that your thoughts and feelings will be respected and validated. 3. Setting Goals and Expectations: We will collaborate to identify your goals and expectations at the beginning of your counselling journey. This process allows you to clarify what you hope to achieve through counselling and provides a roadmap for your sessions. Remember, counselling is a personalised experience, and your goals will guide the direction of your sessions. 4. Exploring Your Thoughts and Emotions: Counselling provides a unique opportunity to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a supportive environment. I will actively listen, ask thought-provoking questions, and provide insights to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself. Through this exploration, you may uncover patterns, discover new perspectives, and develop coping strategies to navigate life's challenges. 5. Developing Coping Strategies: As you progress in counselling, I will assist you in developing effective coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and other challenges you may be facing. These strategies can empower you to navigate difficult situations, enhance your self-esteem, and promote overall well-being. I will provide guidance and support as you practice and integrate these strategies into your daily life. Conclusion: Starting counselling for the first time is a courageous step towards self-discovery and personal growth. It is an opportunity to gain insight, develop coping strategies, and make positive changes in your life. Remember, counselling is a collaborative process, and I am here to support you every step of the way. Embrace this journey with an open mind and heart, and allow yourself to experience the transformative power of counselling. I offer face-to-face sessions from Weybridge, Surrey, and I also work online via Zoom.



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