Counsellor and Psychotherapist
West Lothian, Scotland
My clients fall into two main categories – and sometimes into both! Most of those referred to me by outside agencies have a problem that can be worked on over 6 to 8 sessions. The problem will not necessarily be completely “fixed” but my client will be well on the way to sorting it out and will know what remains to be done.
Many clients come to me not able to imagine they will ever be able to go back to work. Many of these clients are back at work – and wanting to be there – even before we have completed the 6 or so sessions.
Some clients do not have a problem that needs to be “fixed”. These clients have many problems which probably do not stop them functioning but which pull them down and make them unhappy. Often they put a face on for the world - no-one is aware how miserable and frightened they are. Sometimes they think they are going mad. Sometimes they do not believe life is worth living.
These clients need much more time and the security of knowing there is someone – me – in the background that can help work out what is going on. These clients may come for 6 months, a year or many years. When they feel it is ready to move on, we work together to make sure that leaving therapy is a good experience and then say our goodbyes.