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15th December 2017 
About Counselling #01

About Counselling


People come to counselling for many reasons: to explore difficulties and problems from the present or past as well as to find meaning and purpose in their life. When life feels like a struggle it can be hard to make sense of what is going on. At these times counselling can be a useful way to explore difficulties in a private setting away from the people and issues you are struggling with.

Otter counselling is founded on the idea that counselling should be accessible and make sense to people who don’t work in the sector. We make a real effort not to use jargon, or come across as the expert who can sort you out. We work with you, noticing where we are similar as ordinary people and where there is differences because of the counsellor's training and experience.

The counsellor is not there to advise you or tell you what to do but to help you come to some understanding of your situation and make your own choices.

How it can help
Therapy has been shown to be an effective way for many people to achieve well-being. Research shows that 8 out of every 10 people who attend therapy feel better compared to not having therapy.
Three key factors leading to successful outcomes include:

  • the intentions and approach of the client
  • clarity and agreement about the focus of therapy
  • the relationship between the client and counsellor.

    This relationship is now at the heart of most therapy models. This mirrors findings in neuroscience that show how in early life the relationship between baby and carer is the catalyst for brain development and emotional and relational ability. Findings also show that the brain has plasticity and can set up new pathways where they did not exist before! This is really important as it tells us that relational based counselling really can play a part in helping clients to become more emotionally competent.

    Will it help me?
    Coming to counselling is a big step and many people want to know if it will make any difference –especially if you are starting at a low ebb.
    First of all it’s not a quick fix! Like many things in life what you get out of something is directly connected to what you put in.
    If you are ready to look honestly at yourself and ways of relating to others; to consider patterns of thinking feeling and acting that may be unhelpful–then it is highly likely you will see some results
    Some of the benefits I have seen people experience include:
  • Better relationships with loved ones
  • Increased productivity at work
  • Better able to organise and set priorities
  • Clearer boundaries and assertiveness without guilt
  • Letting go of unhelpful patterns
  • Increased sense of self worth
  • Increased contentment and enjoyment of life
  • A more active and healthy lifestyle
  • A sense of contentment and peace

    The practicalities
    You can arrange to see me in Exeter or Ottery St Mary. I also see clients in Axminster. I offer a reduced rate initial session for you to find out more and decide if you would like to work with me. Sessions last for an hour. In our first session we will explore the reasons why you have come to therapy and what you hope to get from the process. We will look at the resources you have in your life as well as the difficulties and we will make an agreement about the emphasis of our work together.



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