Monthly Archives: January 2015

Counselling Journey

Client’s Counselling Journey

counselling journeyThe majority of clients who approach me to enquire about my services have not engaged with a counsellor before. They are unsure about the counselling process and what counselling involves. I thought it would be useful to share Continue reading

Thank goodness for Skype

Snow Dilemma

Thank goodness for skypeOn Wednesday snow arrived in Sheffield. I was ready to take my children to school and carry onto my counselling practice, when I heard that my children’s school was closed. Obviously my children were delighted. I was not.  I knew I had clients.  I do not like cancelling clients. However, in this instance I had no choice.

I picked up the telephone and called my first client. It turned out they could have not made the session either but they asked me if we could have our session on Skype. I already have clients on Skype so I thought that it could be a possibility and agreed. My children were bundled over the road with some friends and I sent a new contract with my client and we had our session via Skype. Continue reading

Walk Talk Therapy in Sheffield

Walk talk sheffieldA few years ago, I came across a book called ‘Working it out: Using exercise in Psychotherapy’.  This book highlights that walking during counselling or therapy:

  • Encourages a client to be more physical active
  • Helps a client get ‘unstuck’ when talking about difficult issues
  • Physical activity increases creative and deeper thinking

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Assertiveness – Improving your self-awareness

Assertiveness tips.docxBeing Assertive does not mean you have to change your personality and become aggressive, passive or manipulative. Assertiveness is about learning how to be you and expressing yourself in a confident manner. To be able to do this you have to increase your self-awareness by getting to know yourself, learn how to like yourself and to be in charge of the ‘real’ you.

Assertiveness is about effective communication. It is not only about using the right words but ensuring your body language gives the right message. The focal part of assertiveness is positive thinking.  Assertive people, who believe in themselves, use positive language, look for positive outcomes and are positive in their respect for other people’s view. Continue reading

Online Counselling ‘fits’ round you

 

I have been delivering counselling via Skype, email and instant chat for over two years. I was therefore recently asked by welldoing.org to write an article for their website on online counselling. They asked me to describe how online counselling can fit round busy clients, give some tips with a brief fictional case study to show how online counselling chat can work. This is a reproduction of this article. Continue reading

Counselling Supervision

Counselling supervisionWhen my previous counselling supervisor retired, it took a long time for me to find a new one. I finally found a new counselling supervisor that I did connect with and one I was able to be myself. I’ve had a great couple of years with her so I was therefore disappointed to hear that she too is retiring. Unfortunately as I had a poor experience during my training during my counselling supervision leaving me being cautious with whom I choose.  However, as I look for a new one it does feel new opportunity to help me gain a different perspective on my work, as well as start a new relationship with a different colleague.

I am about to start a counselling Supervision course and with me looking for a new supervisor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on what is counselling supervision and what is it that I am looking for. Continue reading