What is person centred ?
Person-centred counselling was developed in the 1940s by the American psychologist Dr Carl Rogers. He believed that therapeutic change takes place when a person is given the opportunity to explore their issues with a therapist who is empathic, non-judgemental (unconditional positive regard) and is open and genuine (congruent). Central to the approach is the belief that each person is able to decide the direction in which they can change and develop.
Working with individuals
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and takes place at an agreed time each week. This gives you the chance to explain what’s brought you to counselling and to see how I work, so that you can decide whether you think it will be helpful to you. At the end of this session, you may decide that counselling is not for you, or you may decide to continue, in which case we can arrange further sessions. The number of sessions will vary according to your needs.
In a session, you set the agenda; this is your time to talk about issues that are concerning you. I listen, empathise and check my understanding out with you. I will not tell you what to do, as I believe each person knows the best way forward for them, and through our joint exploration, this may become clear to you. Exploring issues together can lead to insights and helpful realisations. I work on developing a therapeutic relationship where you feel safe to explore even the difficult and painful issues, which you may not have disclosed to anyone before. Talking in a safe environment can alleviate painful feelings.
What I can offer one-to-one counselling for help with most issues I have worked successfully with a wide range of people of different backgrounds, some issues I have worked with include: anxiety, depression, health related, relationship issues and bereavement.
Angela is a South Yorkshire based counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP). She works in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice which sets the standards for ethical counselling & psychotherapeutic practice. It requires that counsellors must have graduated from, and had at least two years of counselling and psychotherapeutic training, which must have included a supervised placement with clients. Angela graduated in 2017 from Doncaster College and University Centre with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy which is a BACP accredited course.
Hopefully looking through my website you will get a feel for how I work and what I am like as a person. Often choosing a counsellor is a very personal thing, we are all very different as human beings, with a range of life experiences and values, unique in our own way. However what is important is to find the right fit, and the right person to help and support you. In order for you to feel comfortable and safe to be able to open up about the things that are troubling you.
It may be an idea to book an introductory session with me, this can be a one off, there is no obligation for you to continue but it does have the advantage of giving you a real idea about what counselling with me would be like and I can offer this at a reduced fee.
I hope that you find all the information you need to decide if counselling is for you and whether I might be the right counsellor for you. Please click on the contact page and please get in touch, either by phone or by email, and I will try and answer any queries you may have about this experience.