face to face counselling - Dean Clough, Halifax, west yorkshire
Hi, I’m Ian. I began counselling after changes in my family life made me question what direction I was going in and what I really wanted from life. The decision to leave my career in plastering, to become a stay at home parent and begin counselling training, was one filled with anxiety and fears of the unknown. This experience has helped me to appreciate how difficult it can be to begin or accept change in our lives, and how sometimes we need the support of another to help find a way forward.
Sometimes it may feel that our worries or problems are less important than the next person’s. Anxieties and depressions in our everyday lives may appear insignificant when we compare them to the sufferings and pain of others in society. However, our individual, personal issues are unique to us and they hurt, therefore they matter. When counselling I treat and respect all my clients as the individuals they are, working together to help find a way forward through your problems.
For me counselling is not about diagnosing and treating. Only you know what truly hurts and what is needed, so you should be the one to decide the direction of the sessions and bring what is important to you. My role is to help build a therapeutic relationship with you, where together we can explore and discover an understanding of your experience of life.