Laura Portsmouth FdA, MBACP Integrative Humanistic Counselling in Farnborough

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Counselling in Farnborough, Camberley, Fleet, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Farnham, Blackwater and surrounding areas.

A successful counselling relationship is built on mutual honesty, trust and genuineness with you experiencing me as being completely empathetic, congruent and authentic. You bring your own knowledge and experience of yourself and my role is to be alongside you on your journey, listening, reflecting, tentatively challenging you which then can provide a fresh perspective on finding a way through the issue/problem you have. I believe that it is our relationships and our experiences within these, from our childhood to the present day that shape and influence who we are. My aim being to help you make sense of the impact your childhood experience is having on you in your present life and relationships and to help you navigate a way through this that feels right for you and together, to find where it is that you do fit in and belong.

I offer both short and long-term therapy depending on individual needs, but it is up to you how long you wish to continue counselling. I regularly do a review with you so that we can assess how you are experiencing our sessions, checking that you are getting what you need, with the aim of keeping our work together focused on the outcomes and goals that you want to achieve.

Whatever your reason for coming to counselling you can expect to receive respect, encouragement, support, understanding and my undivided attention. The one thing I will not do is advise or tell you what to do!

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :

Anger, Low Self-Esteem
Anxiety, Loneliness
Bereavement, Panic Attacks
Bullying, Relationship Problems
Cancer, Redundancy
Depression, Shame
Disability, Self harm
Divorce, Stress
Friendship Issues, Trauma

Having acknowledged you need help, finding the right counsellor is a very important and brave step to take. Similar to any other relationship the counsellor and client need to connect with each other. During our initial session we will discuss the particular issues that have bought you to counselling at this time, and your expectations of what you would like to gain from our sessions together. This initial meeting will give us both a sense of whether or not you feel comfortable enough to engage in this process, and in particular to engage in this process with me. At the end of that initial session we will discuss whether you feel that therapy is right for you at this time, and if so, then we will book a regular session together at the same time each week.

"The curious paradox is that when I can accept myself just as I am then I can change."
Carl Rogers

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