It is my opinion that for counselling to work there are two key factors:
Comfort and Commitment.
You have to feel the counsellor is right for you. I may have been recommended but if I don’t feel right for you, then we should stop right there. You are going to be talking about difficult issues along with your private thoughts and feelings and both you and I need to feel that you may become comfortable in talking to me.
That is why I offer our first 20 minute session free. This gives us both the opportunity to see if we will be able to work together. Consider whether you feel comfortable speaking to me about any negative thoughts and feelings that you have, do you have confidence in me, do you like my manner? If you are happy to continue after the 20 minutes are up, we will turn the session into your first full 50 minute session.
I will provide a safe environment where I will listen to you, walk alongside you and truly see your story through your eyes. I will believe in the uniqueness of you and your importance and value.
Counselling is a two-way process, both the counsellor and client have to put the effort in, the more effort you put in the better the results are likely to be. Commitment means regular weekly sessions, normally at the same time and day every week.
In the initial sessions you may feel nervous or awkward but this will gradually deplete as time goes on. Counselling is not a cosy chat, or advice-giving but a time for you to be completely honest with yourself.
My name is Sophie and I carry out counselling from my personal consulting room in Storrington, near Horsham in West Sussex. There is free off road parking.
I am a qualified counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy. I am registered with the BACP and fully adhere to their ethical framework. I am also DBS checked by the police, this is the new name for a CRB check.
I am accountable and therefore have regular supervision to gain an outside perspective on my counselling practice.
“To establish true dialogue you need to believe in the uniqueness of the other person and their importance and value.”
“I was apprehensive at first but Sophie made me feel at ease and comfortable and throughout she helped me believe in myself again and get the confidence and strength back. My time with Sophie was invaluable.”
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Your Space Today is a private counselling service providing a confidential, supportive and safe place to talk.