Counselling Into the Light

A day off, a walk along Princess Street on a sunny day. And I end up bumping into a former client who I had counselled for a while some years before.

Why Come to Counselling?

They had faced personal challenges, true despair at times and had come to me for counselling. Here we were today, standing to chat in the Edinburgh sun. They were a picture of happiness, enthusiasm and positivity. They had come a long way in a short time.

Life throws challenges at us all that can seem overwhelming and unfair. How can we get past them?

This client had chosen to counsel after a prolonged period of simply struggling to cope. They had been losing direction and sinking into despair. When they came they wanted to work freelance and we had spoken a lot about how they might adapt to this new role. They weren’t happy in their previous job and had now taken the plunge.

What’s My Role as a Counsellor?

My role, as the counsellor, is not to wave a magic wand or produce a ‘life cheat sheet’ that has the answers. I do not have the answers.

But as this client reminded me, each individual has their path which they cannot see when clouded with personal demons, confusion and lack of confidence.Sheila van Tol

My role as a counsellor is a guide, to ask the right questions to allow you to focus on your goals, ambitions, desires. I help you to forge your path with confidence, clarity and purpose.

Counselling Takes Time

Therapy is not an overnight process. Developing a relationship with my clients can take time. Ultimately, the goal is for them to find the answers to the right questions.

Counselling helps with overwhelm

We live in a challenging world where people can often be overwhelmed. They can feel alone and isolated, even if they are in a relationship. Seeking help from a professional counsellor is something many people do for a period in the course of their life.

A counsellor can provide support when you need it. It does this by helping you through the time when you can’t see the wood for the trees.

What’s the Aim of Personal Counselling?

The goal ultimately is to assist you to stand alone, feeling confident and self-assured.