Everyone’s ability to deal with difficult times is different. Events such as bereavement, leaving home, separation, relationship issues and stress can make you feel anxious or depressed. Counselling can help you to identify and manage these problems.
There are many reasons that people choose to speak to a counsellor. Some find that it can help them deal with a specific problem. Others use it as a method to explore ways to find a more rewarding and fulfilling way to live, or to better manage an ongoing condition.
Counselling offers a safe space where you can speak without being judged. It’s a confidential discussion where you lead where we go. It’s a process that can help with pre-existing conditions (an increasing trend in clients), as well as emerging ones.
Being a university city (as Exeter is), a number of my counselling clients in Edinburgh were students. Your time as a student can throw up a range of challenging scenarios, and with it, emotions. From the moment you leave home, to having to make new friends, sitting exams and deciding what comes next, being a student isn’t as easy as the image often conjured. Often clients would come to me having not spoken up about how they felt, and we would explore other ways to gain additional support.
Whatever stage you are at as a student, through counselling, I can help you to begin to manage your concerns.
When You May Need Counselling
I don’t solely work with students however. Other situations that I can support you on through counselling sessions include:
- Depression and generalised anxiety
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence and low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Stress, sadness and feelings of isolation
- Bereavement and other loss
- Relationship issues
Following the introductory consultation (please note, the introductory session is not a counselling session), we would normally meet weekly, for around six sessions or longer if needed. There is flexibility in this structure, based on your needs. It’s not a case of trying to fix everything in one go, and each client’s needs are different. Some clients like to look upon their counselling sessions almost as ongoing maintenance, rather than targeting something specifically. I ask only that you to commit to at least six sessions initially, to allow you to get a proper understanding of how counselling works.
"Finding Barbara was a godsend. Her kindness and humour are invaluable, and her sessions have helped me immeasurably, particularly while working through grief, self-doubt, and anxiety. I have never left her sessions feeling anything less than understood, cared for, and calm. I cannot recommend Barbara enough and am thrilled to be working with her."
"Barbara has inspired me to become to person I am today, full of confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. Her wonderful ability to help me identify, understand and deal with my issues and anxieties will be forever invaluable. Thank you so much!"
"I've appreciated your help tremendously over the weeks and months. You have been absolutely brilliant, the best counsellor I could ever hope for. "
"Thank you so much for all your help. I am eternally grateful for all of your support and understanding. I am really excited for the next chapter in my life."
"I came to see Barbara several years ago, at a particularly dark time in my life and then again, a few years later. I was anxious, wasn’t coping and had a low self-esteem. From the first session I found Barbara very easy to talk to, she is genuine and understanding. With her guidance, I have learnt how to practice self-care and how to accept myself. She helped me to see things in a different light, and as a result I feel more confident and I can cope with difficult situations much better. I found Barbara’s service invaluable and would recommend her counselling service to everyone."