Do you want to talk to someone in confidence about the problems which affect your quality of life? We offer a range of practical, sensitive, supportive and confidential counselling and psychotherapy services to help individuals, couples and groups address life’s challenges using a person centred approach. We specialize in relationships, personal growth, self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, eating disorders, drug and alcohol dependency.
What is counselling?
Simply put, counselling is a non judgmental process whereby you can talk through a problem or feelings that are troubling you with a person trained to help you understand your situation. It is not about the giving of advice or saying nice things to make you feel better, It is about respecting you in a way that allows you to decide for yourself what is best for you in an enabling and empowering relationship.
What is the aim of counselling?
To help you understand yourself and your feelings better, get to the root cause of an issue and enable you to make the necessary changes to improve your quality of life. You may even just wish to understand the way that you behave in certain circumstances.
How can it help?
Exploring an issue increases your awareness of it, and counselling helps by providing you with a safe environment in which to carry out this exploration. A counsellor can help you to uncover patterns, causes and symptoms attached to a problem. Through the counselling process you discover new options and choices, and are then free to choose what changes, if any, you wish to make to start a process of positive change and personal growth.
Do I need to have serious problems to need to talk to a counsellor?
No! If something is weighing on your mind, however trivial it may seem to you, it is not too unimportant to share with a counsellor. If something is bothering you, blocking you, preventing you from making the most of your life, then it is important. You may wish to take stock of your life, learn more about your personality or explore how you can become more effective at clarifying and achieving your goals in life. You don’t have to have a 'problem'.
Does working with a counsellor mean I am too weak to cope with my own problems?
A common fear, but on the contrary, it takes courage to realise and admit you have a problem or difficulty. It is a sign of strength and intelligence to seek outside help to resolve a problem when you have reached a dead end through your own efforts.
What problems do people bring to a counsellor?
The list is endless! It may include almost any life dilemna, worry or personal crisis. However, no concern is too trivial or too serious. Common issues include: Relationship/family problems, alcohol and/or drug dependency, loss or bereavement, unplanned pregnancy, general feelings of stress and anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem or even a simple desire for personal growth.
What happens in a counselling session?
Generally the counsellor will work with whatever issue you bring to the session. The methods used will be decided between you, but the overall aim is to help you resolve the issues troubling you. The counsellor will discuss various ways of proceeding and help you make the decision on the best path to follow, but the choice is yours.
Is it confidential?
Absolutely, both the fact you are seeing a counsellor and the information divulged. Your specific permission is required before sharing information with anybody else.
How many sessions do I need?
This depends on you, the particular issues troubling you and whether you are feeling the benefit. Some issues can be dealt with in a single session, others require a number of sessions. You will be given an indication of sessions required at the intial, free of charge, half hour session.
What can I expect from counselling?
You can expect confidentiality, a non-judgemental attitude and complete respect. Your counsellor makes a commitment to sessions at mutually agreed times and will make every effort to contact you if they have to cancel a session.
What will you expect from me?
A serious commitment to the counselling process, taking responsibility for your own growth and change actions. Keeping appointments or informing us if you have to cancel. Counselling is conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
What can’t counselling do for me?
It can’t make change happen for you or wave a magic wand to make it all better! Making changes requires hard work and commitment from both you and your counsellor. Counselling provides the framework to allow changes, but you have to provide the energy and the effort.
How long does a session last?
Generally 45 minutes, but up to an hour may be required for more in-depth work.
Perspective Counselling is run by Michelle LeBrocq.
I am a qualified RGN nurse and I have a BA degree in Drama, a Post Grad Diploma in counselling and an MA in counselling. I have an M. Phil in Occupational Psychology and I recently competed an MA in in Integrated Psychotherapy. I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Pychotherapy and also the United Council for Psychotherapy. I am UKCP Accredited. I abide by their ethics and code of conduct within my clinical practice .
How long have you been practicing?
I have been practicing as full-time counsellor for over seventeen years years.
Do you receive your own counselling or supervision?
Yes, on a monthly basis, approved by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and United kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
This helps me more fully understand what it is like to be a client.
Do you have experience with my specific problem?
We believe your problems are specific to you and have knowledge and experience of most problems, but will refer you on to a specialist if we feel that is best for you.
Personal life coaching and counselling can help you change your life. Decide what you want, find out how you can get it and take action to improve finances, health, career, relationships, spiritual and personal growth.
Use the links on this website to find out more about personal life coaching and counselling. Let's be honest - life can be difficult for most of us. Sometimes we feel stuck, helpless or confused and may feel we have lost our sense of direction or purpose. Often there are a number of little things which are undermining us or which we are constantly putting off to another time. Maybe we know that our life is unbalanced or stressful or that our finances, career or personal relationships are in a mess! Or perhaps life could just be better with you feeling more in control.
If you have arrived at this website looking for help with the problems in your life, or want to understand yourself better or develop your potential, I may be able to help. If not, I may be able to direct you to other useful services.
The website has also been created as a virtual meeting place for counsellors and therapists, so, if you are a practitioner of any of the helping arts, why not have a look at the Therapist Support page.