A compassionate, non-judgemental approach to counselling
My name is Diane, and I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental approach to counselling. I would describe myself as not easily shocked and very human when it comes to knowing about life’s ups and downs.
Why did I train as a counsellor?
I started to train to be a counsellor after my own experience of counselling. At the time, I felt anxious and sad, I couldn’t make sense of the things that had happened in my life. I’m not ashamed of saying that I was sceptical of the whole process; I didn’t think that I wouldn’t be able to open up to the counsellor, I felt ashamed of some of my thoughts and believed she would look down on me for what I was saying.
In reality, nothing could have been further from the truth. Counselling was somewhere where I felt safe. In the sessions I felt able to really be myself. I was able to talk about how I genuinely felt without fear of being judged or someone holding it against me.
I have to say that counselling wasn’t always easy. Sometimes I looked at areas that were really uncomfortable. However, my counsellor always worked at my pace, I never felt rushed, and she told me how important it was to look after myself after the sessions.
When I left counselling, I understood myself and my situation more. I also had the confidence to make decisions that were right for me and my family.
When I think back now, I guess having counselling didn’t stop life’s difficulties. After all, some of the things that happen are simply outside my control. What counselling did though, was give me the space to be truly heard, and show me how to step back and have a look at situations in another way.