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Stillwell Counselling; what can you expect?

Hello! Firstly, welcome to Stillwell Counselling's blog, thanks for checking it out!

If you are considering counselling, but not sure what to expect; have any anxieties or worries about making contact with me or wondering what happens during a counselling session or how it can help you, I hope the information I am providing here can help you feel less anxious or worried and answer some of your questions.

Who is Stillwell Counselling?

Stillwell Counselling is the name of my counselling practice based at 28 Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0PA. My name is Adam King and I am a fully qualified Person-Centred counsellor. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice from Liverpool John Moores University and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework to ensure my work with you is ethical and safe. I am fully insured for the work I do and receive regular supervision. I have a particular interest in creative therapeutic approaches that can help clients access emotions and feelings that may be difficult to identify or express.

What does Person-Centred counsellor mean?

As a Person-Centred counsellor, it is my belief that you know yourself best for what you need in life and how to move forward through whatever is troubling you. Although, I get that it may not feel like that right now for you. Life experiences and circumstances can often move us away from trusting ourselves to know what is best for us and make decisions and towards not feeling confident or good enough with trust placed in others for how we need to be or what to feel. Emotional distress can occur when this is at odds with our own needs and feelings.

The aim of Person-Centred counselling is to offer you a relationship that works from how you are experiencing your world of non-judgement, warmth and acceptance which can allow you to openly explore what is going on for you and your options in a safe space. This can help gain insight and understanding of yourself to help move you towards trusting your own feelings and decisions, so how you feel on the inside is more in tune with who you are on the outside. This can help you feel more confident and in control in what is happening for you in your life.

As a Person-Centred counsellor, I do not offer advice or tell you what to do as the aim is to move you closer towards knowing this for yourself. I will walk with you through whatever you wish to share and how you are experiencing it, at your own pace to help you explore this for yourself to find your own answers.

Seeking help and Making Contact

Asking for help for how we are feeling can often feel very difficult and can make you feel even more anxious. Despite many media campaigns increasing awareness, there is much stigma in society still attached to acknowledging and seeking help for your mental health. We can get worried about what someone will think of us? Feeling ashamed or silly for how we are feeling, or feel we have no choice but to just get on with things, that then can lead to suppressing how we really feel. I have had my own experiences with this through my identity as a man, with messages in society about how men 'should be' - 'big boys don't cry', 'man-up', but it does not have to be like that. You may be feeling trapped in how you are feeling in a relationship, with your family, at work? that can bring about all manner of feelings such as anxiety, stress, feeling overwhelmed, not valued or listened, leading to low mood or depression, self-harm or suicidal thoughts. Why not give me a call on 07592017030 to discuss what is troubling you or email me: and together we can establish if how I work is right for you in supporting you towards making positive changes in your life.

Your Confidentially and The Counselling Process

Your confidentiality is extremely important in the context of counselling. What you share in counselling is confidential but there are limits to this based around the risk of harm to yourself or others. Confidentiality will be discussed in your first session or if you wish to know more when making contact.

The counselling process can evoke difficult emotions and feelings that may have been dormant or previously out of our awareness and it can be extremely challenging. You will be in a safe space that will help and support you and be with you however you are feeling.

I hope the above has been helpful, but feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.

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