A session usually lasts 50 minutes and the recommended frequency is weekly. You will be given a safe, confidential space to work through what matters to you, and to process what this means for how you cope with the challenges that you face. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as practice relaxation or try different responses to old issues, or keeping a note of what went well and where there are still difficulties to overcome. Being an active participant in your own solutions is essential for getting the benefits that you are hoping to gain from counselling.
Coaching is usually about personal or team development and sessions may be longer and less frequent to suit the client circumstances.
The most frequent issues that bring people for counselling are stress, anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties. Others may be looking for a coach to help with work related frustrations.
Often it is helpful just to know that someone will listen free from making any judgements or desire to influence your own very personal feelings. Counselling can provide a fresh perspective on difficult problems and helps you work out either a solution or a method of coping. Sometimes we experience the grief of issues that we cannot resolve and counselling can help us work out how to get through these tough times. The benefits you obtain from counselling depend on the quality of the relationship you build with your counsellor. I make developing trust and opennes in the interest of clients paramount to the work we do together.
You will be given the space to express your goals, be listened to as you express your current situation, and get support while you explore options and work out a way forward. This can enhance confidence as it provides clarity and practical techniques for overcoming barriers to you achieving your aspirations in life.
Currently Maggie is available in Blairgowrie on Mondays and Fridays. Appointment times are agreed by calling, texting or sending an e.mail using the details on the Contact Us page.
A confidential and relaxed space is provided in a private meeting room at St. Catharines community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.
Please let Maggie know as soon as possible, using the details on the contact page. I may need to charge if a meeting is cancelled at short notice. However I try to avoid this as much as possible by discussing with you how able you are for attending each meeting.