Counselling can benefit individuals, couples (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual),
families/step families (or any preferred combination of family members), youth and children.
Working with Individuals:
- Engaging in a course of counselling for yourself can be one of the most rewarding investments
you can make. You do have control over yourself, so, with minimal effort you can bring about some significant
changes in your life. What you want to change in your life is up to you!
- During the first session, if you agree, I will undertake an Outcome Rating Scale, ORS, to determine
how you are feeling about your life on entry into the process. I will repeat the ORS at point
of exit from the process, as well, to determine what progress you have made through your investment
in the counselling process. This information is for your benefit only, so you can see the progress
you have made. No one else will see these results.
Working with Couples:
- Couples counselling has the potential to restore an unhealthy relationship to its former glory.
If both parties are committed and willing to 'emotionally' listen to each other and do the work necessary
to bring about some changes, then you can expect a more fulfilling and happier relationship.
- I will not take sides when working with your relationship, but I will take a stand on any forms of abuse that
may be operating within the room. It is not a counsellors' role to reinforce acts of disrespect or abuse.
Working with Children and Young People:
- When working with children and young people under 14 years I will always meet with a
parent/caregiver first to better understand what is going on for a child or young person.
Where appropriate I will encourage a parent or caregiver (or both) to actively participate
in the counselling process with their child.
- When working with a young person between 14 and 16 years I will encourage them to
gain parental/caregiver permission to engage in counselling, except where I believe
this to be detrimental to the well-being of the young person. The young person can
choose whether they want to bring their parent or caregiver into a session.
- Young people over the age of 16 do not require parental consent to engage in counselling,
but if they would like a family member to participate in the process with them this is fine.
- Where I believe that improved parenting skills may benefit a child's problem, I will discuss
this in private with the parent/caregiver and give them the opportunity to have some sessions to
learn some beneficial parenting practices.