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 couldn’t make sense of the things that had happened in my life and my feelings around them. 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 be myself, I was able to talk about how I genuinely felt. When I left counselling, I understood myself and my situation more. I also had more awareness about how I could make the decisions that were right for me and my family.
When I think back now, I guess having counselling didn’t stop life’s difficulties, but it did help me step back and have a look at them in another way.