Hello and a warm welcome to Halcyon Counselling.
We’re a group of counsellors based in West Yorkshire who share a similar outlook on counselling (and life). We’ve chosen to work together not only because we like and respect each other, but because we feel our various skills and experience complement each other.
At Halcyon Counselling we treat and respect you as an individual; not a diagnosis or an issue.
We work with people from all walks of life who seek counselling to help them deal with, work through or accept the not so pleasant parts of life.
Our mission is simple: To offer counselling that puts you, the client, at the heart of what we do.
We’ve written a blog aimed at explaining what counselling is to hopefully dispel some of the myths around counselling and encourage more people to seek the support and help of a counsellor. It’s called What on Earth is Counselling? which we feel is an appropriate title :-)
We know it can be a scary or unsettling experience to seek out counselling; particularly when you feel that you should be able to deal with what’s troubling you without outside help. All Halcyon counsellors have been in a similar position with all of us having had our own counselling.
We therefore feel it’s our job as counsellors to put you at ease, to begin as we mean to go on, by being open and honest so that together we can build a relationship that allows you to talk about what’s affecting or concerning you openly. We know how important this was to us when we were the client. We’re experienced in working with clients on both a short term and on an open ended basis; but overall it’s you who is in charge. You decide how long you wish to attend counselling for.
Contact details for each of our counsellors are below. Check out our profiles in the Our People section to see which counsellor you feel would suit you best.
Ian - Based Dean Clough, Halifax
Kathy - Based Hebden Bridge & Halifax
Kristian - Based Wakefield
Mags - Based Dean Clough, Halifax
All of us in life have experienced times where we’ve found it difficult to cope, felt anxious or overwhelmed by negative thoughts or feelings or lacked confidence. This could stem from things that have happened to us in childhood or a recent event; but sometimes we can’t explain why we feel as we do, we just do. Some people feel that you have to have ‘a reason’ to come to counselling however we firmly believe that if you feel counselling might help then that is reason enough.
As Counsellors we focus on how you are feeling now and how what’s brought you to counselling is affecting your life currently. We won’t analyse, judge or tell you what you should do or how you should feel. We won’t ask for detailed histories of your life, we won’t bombard you with questions and we certainly won’t tell you what you should do or how you should you feel. You’re the expert on your own life; you’re the one living it after all.
However Counselling is more than just a ‘chat’. Your counsellor will work with you to help you:
Make sense of how you are feeling
Understand why you feel as you do
Understand how your thoughts, feeling and emotions are affecting you
Doing this can give you clarity as to what you need or want to do.